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Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series

The Living Writers Series at SDSU is one of the longest continuously running series in the nation.

Authors who have visited us in the recent years included: Edward Albee, Derek Walcott, Billy Collins, Philip Levine, Norman Rush, Alice Fulton, Gary Snyder, Carol Muske, Nahid Rachlin, Tess Gallagher, Dorianne Laux, Judy Grahn, Toi Dericotte, C.K. Williams, Rick Bass, David Mura, Clayton Eshleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Debra Magpie Earling, Wanda Coleman, Alicia Ostriker, Al Yong, Alan Gurganus, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Also, our alumni, such as award-winning authors Sherod Santos, Richard Katrovas, Susan Luzzaro, Diana Garcia, Susan Vreeland, and others have participated in these events. Numerous publishers, such as Ted Pelton of Starcherone Books, Mathew Zapruder of Wave Books, Kate Gale of Red Hen Press and others also participate in our annual panels on publishing.

Spring 2015 Season

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, conjointly with the Department of English and Comparative Literature, invite you to celebrate 25 years of SDSU’s MFA in Creative Writing–
25 years of elegance and moxie— with events featuring MFA Faculty, Students, Affiliates, and Alumni.


On Wednesday, February 11th, MFA Students, Alumni, and Faculty will gather for a festival of reading and greeting in Love Library, Room 430 from 5-8:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a reading and book fair featuring distinguished MFA Alumni from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by a MFA Faculty reading from 7-8:30 p.m. featuring Sandra Alcosser, Sherwin Bitsui, Katie Farris, Ilya Kaminsky, and David Matlin. Festivities will continue on Friday, February 13th, with refreshments and a reading featuring MFA Students and Alumni at 7 p.m. in the Museum of the Living Artist (Balboa Park).


Editors from Locked Horn Press discuss their compilations, Gendered and Written and Read Women: Wednesday, February 18th at 7 p.m. in Hepner Hall, Room 206.


In collaboration with the Jewish Studies Program and Poetry International, the Living Writers Series is excited to host the Israeli Poets Symposium on Wednesday, February 25th at 7 p.m. in Scripps Cottage.

The event will feature four poets including, Haviva Pedaya (recipient of the prestigious Yehuda Amichai Award), Tal Nitzan (noted poet, translator, and children’s book author), Shimon Adaf (award-winning poet and director of the Creative Writing Program at Ben Gurion University), and Anat Zecharya (poet, dance critic, and recipient of the Poetry in the Streets Prize). This event will be moderated by, Tziona Shamay (director of the Helicon Society for Advancement of Poetry in Israel).

View the event flyer (.pdf)


NAACP Image Awards Nominee, Jericho Brown, will read from his new collection of poetry, The New Testament on Wednesday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

“His lyrics are memorable, muscular, majestic. Brown’s poems are living on the page, and they give the reader that much: a sense of having been alive fully…”  --Ilya Kaminsky


On Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430, celebrated author, Benjamin Hollander, will read from his prophetic book, In the House Un-American.

"It is difficult to speak of Benjamin Hollander's masterpiece, so America, so like an inner emigration, as if we had all changed names...A book of this order comes very rarely to our consciousness." --David Shapiro


Artists from So Say We All and participants in the Veteran Writers Program celebrate the release of their collection, Homecoming, on Wednesday, April 15th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430. So Say We All is a literary and performing arts non-profit whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals to tell their stories, and tell them better, through three core priorities: publishing, performance, and education.


The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, esteemed novelist, Nahid Rachlin. On Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430, Rachlin will share selections from her celebrated memoir, Persian Girls.

"I am so impressed with Nahid Rachlin’s style--its purity and sparseness and immediacy…The voice is cool and pure. Bleak is the right word, if you will understand that bleakness can have a startling beauty."  --Anne Tyler


Author and SDSU Professor, Hal Jaffe, will share selections from his newest release, Induced Coma, on Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

“Harold Jaffe’s acts of literary terrorism work to wrestle control of the future of literature away from the dominant culture. Those who have benefited have seldom been literary artists. Jaffe has worked brilliantly to save literature from its unwitting complicity in the elimination of readers who dare question authority.”  --Eckhard Gerdes

Our events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Meagan Marshall at or join our group on Facebook.

See past seasons of Living Writers


Poetry International Literary Events for Spring 2015

Wednesday, February 25th

Emily Vizzo, freelance editor. Her work has appeared in FIELD, North American Review, Ellipsis, and Jet Fuel Review: Publishing Salon, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Adams Humanities, Room 2103

Wednesday, March 11th

Carly Miller, editor at LA Review: Publishing Salon, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Adams Humanities, Room 2103

Monday, March 23rd

Katie Ford, author of Deposition, Colosseum, and Blood Lyrics: Publishing Salon, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Adams Humanities, Room 2103 (Poetry International)
, 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430 (Poetry International)

Thursday, April 9th - Saturday, April 11th

Poetry International at AWP: We’re heading to Minneapolis for the AWP 2015 conference. Come find us in the Book Fair at table #1650 with Calypso Editions. Managing Editor Jenny Minniti-Shippey will be participating in the panelDeveloping Community Creative Writing Programs for Underserved Youth on Thursday, April 9 at 4:30pm in Room 208 C&D, Level 2. We’ll see you there!

Also, don’t miss the off-site live-performance event “C’Mere Honey” on Thursday, 6:30pm at Honey with Poetry International, Calypso Editions, Carolina Wren Press, Drunken Boat, LNC, Manor House, Midway Journal, and small po[r]tions.

Thursday, April 9th

C’mere Honey: An AWP Off-Site Reading Event6:30-9:30 pm: Join Poetry International, Calypso Editions, Carolina Wren Press, Drunken Boat, LNC, Manor House, Midway Journal, and small po[r]tions for a live performance at Honey (205 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414) just blocks from the AWP conference hotel.

Come hear writers Marilyn Chin, Jennifer Militello, Pedro Ponce, Indran Amirthanayagam, Patrick Rosal, Margaret McMullan, Robin Davdison, Piotr Florczyk, Martin Woodside, Jee Leong Koh, Alvin Pang, Ravi Shankar, Aimee Herman, Ross Robbins, Kevin McLellan, Charles Wyatt, Chantel Acevedo, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and more read their work from your favorite indie and online journals!

You will also take part in a worldwide book release, as Forrest Gander will introduce the winner of Drunken Boat’s inaugural book prize. This event is FREE and open to the public!

We would also like to note that Button Press is holding a reading (followed by a dance party) right after ours, so stick around and bring your dancing shoes!

Wednesday, April 15th

Michael Waters & Mihaela Moscaliuc: Publishing Salon, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Adams Humanities, Room 2103: Reading, 7p.m. at Scripps Cottage (Poetry International)

Wednesday, April 22nd

Andrew Zack, founder of The Zack Company, Inc., a literary agency for works of fiction and nonfiction: Publishing Salon, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Adams Humanities, Room 2103 (Poetry International)

Wednesday, April 28th

James Matlock Raney, indie author of Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves: Publishing Salon, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in Adams Humanities, Room 2103 (Poetry International)


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