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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.

Fall 2015 Season

Maria Rybakova: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

When he was becoming a god or a woman
he knew the life he was destined to live
was only a chapter
in the thick book of opportunity.   –From, Gnedich

Malachi Black
: Wednesday, October 21st at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

With the flicker of a fishtail now
push down: Enter into under
water and the onset of the shudder
buckling the lungs: In sudden
thunder, bones are bent to song—   --From, “Whalesong”  

Jane Hirshfield
: Wednesday, November 4th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 108.

Grief shifts,
as a grazing horse does,
one leg to the other.   –From, “I Wanted Only a Little”

Martin Woodside and Piotr Florczyk
: Wednesday, November 18th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

I don’t know what else to do
but write slow and free
like the soft rain
of spring.   –Angela Marinescu, Trans. by Martin Woodside, “Dadaism Versus Surrealism” From, Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry   

Be careful. If roadside crosses are God’s periscopes,
then what to make of the maple that holds the world in place
outside your window?.   –Piotr Florczyk, From, Los Angeles Sketchbook  

The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Carolyn Finney: Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Just like “nature,” the legacy of human experience on this soil will always find a way to express itself.
–From, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimaging the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

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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