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For the first time in the series’ 30 years, the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is being offered as a course at SDSU (ENGL 579). The folks who organize this program have done an excellent job of assembling an impressive roster of writers for their inaugural course, and, as always, the public is invited to hear these writers speak at evening readings during the fall 2011 semester. All of the readings listed below will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library.

September 19: Fred Moramarco is a professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and founding editor of Poetry International. He is the author or editor of seven books, including his most recent, The City of Eden. Fred Moramarco
Sarah Maclay is a clinical professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, book review editor of Poetry International, and the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Music for the Black Room, as well as three chapbooks. Her poems and criticism appear in APR, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800 to the Present, The Writers Chronicle, and elsewhere. Sarah Maclay
October 3: Daniel Shapiro is director of literature and editor/managing editor of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. He is the author of the poetry manuscripts The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems and Child with a Swan’s Wings. His poems and translations have appeared in the literary magazines American Poetry Review, Grand Street, and Poetry Northwest and in the anthologies Burnt Sugar, Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, and many others. Daniel Shapiro
October 10: Ishion Hutchinson is a native of Jamaica and an MFA graduate of New York University. His work has appeared in the LA Review, Caribbean Review of Books, Poetry International, and the chapbook Bryan’s Bay. He recently won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for his debut collection, Far District. Ishion Hutchinson
October 24: Shirley Geok-Lin Lim’s first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula, was published in 1980 and won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, received the American Book Award in 1997. She is the author of five books of poems, three books of short stories, two books of criticism, and two novels (Joss and Gold and Sister Swing). Lim is a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
November 7: Richard Burgin is the author of 15 books, including the novels Rivers Last Longer and Ghost Quartet and the short story collections The Spirit Returns and Fear of Blue Skies. His book The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories and Songs was listed in The Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2006 and was listed in The Huffington Post as one of the 40 best books of fiction in the last decade. Burgin was the founding editor of Boston Review, New York Arts Journal and the founding and current editor of the internationally distributed literary journal Boulevard. Richard Burgin
CANCELED – November 21: Chris Abani’s first novel, Masters of the Board, published when he was 18, landed him in prison, as the Nigerian government believed the book to be a blueprint for a real coup. He has since published two more novels, two novellas, and five books of poetry, including his most recent, Sanctificum, in 2010. His 2005 novel, Graceland, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a silver medal from the California Book Award For Fiction. Abani is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award. Chris Abani
December 5: Tayari Jones is the author of three novels: Leaving Atlanta, which received the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction; The Untelling; and Silver Sparrow. She has received fellowships from organizations such as the Illinois Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and The MacDowell Colony. Jones is an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University and will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her fourth novel. Tayari Jones

For more information about any of these readings, please contact Meagan Marshall at or “like” the Living Writers Series on Facebook.


Urban HipsterWere you one of the many who didn’t get badges to Comic-Con? No worries. If you want to see some excellent comics, science fiction, graphic novels, drawn books, and zines by A-list authors and artists, we have them in our Special Collections and University Archives Department.

In the quiet of Special Collections, you can enjoy works by Alan Grant, Roberta Gregory, Bob Layton, and many more without waiting in long lines, jostled by stormtroopers and zombies. We have 1st edition books by science fiction writer extraordinaire Greg Bear and boxes of fantastic original works by drawn book writer/artist Donna Barr.

And if you do have Comic-Con tickets, great! Get your photo taken with Vampire Bill. Check out the latest steampunk fashions. Then take the trolley to SDSU. Special Collections is located on the 4th floor of the Library Addition. If you want a glance of what’s in store for you here, visit the Comics Collection Finding Aid. To use our collections, you don’t need a badge. Dressing as your favorite anime character is optional.

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