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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 2016 Season

Editors and Contributors of Sunshine/Noir II: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana: Wednesday, February 24th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Local San Diego authors and educators including Jim Miller, Chris Baron, Ella deCastro Baron, Francisco J. Bustos, and Sydney Brown, will celebrate the release of the highly anticipated collection, Sunshine/Noir II: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana (City Works Press).

“Sunshine/Noir II continues the work of unmasking the tourist spectacle in a city that holds illusion as a civic virtue.”–Mike Davis

Assaf Gavron with special guest, Aviya Kushner
: Wednesday, March 9th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Gavron is the author of seven books and has won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, among other honors. Kushner is an associate professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, a contributing editor at A Public Space, and a mentor for The National Yiddish Book Center.

A chill settled on the hilltop during the course of the night and sparkled when morning broke in millions of refractions of frost from among clods of earth, gardening tools, cacti, upturned push cars, and on the windshields of vehicles. The day opened its eyes with a wide yawn, and hours would go by before it would shake off the cold. 
–From, The Hilltop

Each semester, thanks to an endowment created by her family and friends, the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading honors the memory of SDSU alumna, Laurie Matsueda Okuma.

The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Vievee Francis: Wednesday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Cave Canem fellow and award-winning poet, Vievee Francis, will read from her newest poetry collection, Forest Primeval. Francis is the recipient of the 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the 2010 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Forest Primeval has been shortlisted for a 2016 PEN Literary Award. 

What chaos the face when gutted so. We gasp
on the shore of it, our skin chafed by the sand of it,
our chambers ruptured on its rocks.
–From, “Grasp”

Malena Mörling
: Wednesday, April 6th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Noted Swedish poet and translator, Malena Mörling, will share her collected work and discuss the art of translation. Mörling is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She has published two collections of poems, Ocean Avenue and Astoria.   

Not a dress, a death—
Not a coat, a coffin—
Not the sole of a shoe, a soul
that can’t be glued to the underside of anything—                       
–From, “Wearing a Death”

Garth Greenwell with special guests, Mary Rakow & James Byrne
: Wednesday, April 13th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Celebrated author, Garth Greenwell, will read from his debut novel, What Belongs to You. Greenwell holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His novel has received rave reviews from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Mary Rakow is the author of The Memory Room and the recipient of two Lannan Foundation Residencies and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. James Byrne is the editor and co-founder of The Wolf poetry magazine. His debut poetry collection, Passages of Time, was published by Flipped Eye in 2003.

…but then our fantasies are always more vivid than the stuff of life that feeds them, life which always disappoints us  until we can embellish it in memory.                       
–From, Mitko

Poets and Writers from SDSU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing will celebrate their impending graduation and read from their thesis manuscripts: Wednesday, April 27th at 7 p.m. in Scripps Cottage.

An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry featuring, Mercedez Holtry & Brian Oliva
: Wednesday, May 4th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Holtry is a slam poet, writer, student, mentor, and Chicana feminist. Holtry is a slam poet, student, mentor, and Chicana feminist. Brian "SuperB" Oliva is an accomplished writer and spoken word artist.

I am birthed from oppressed and oppressor.                   
–From,“My Blood is Beautiful”   

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


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