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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 as well. 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.


in our own words

Spring 2014 Season


Spring Kickoff Poetry Salon featuring, Srikanth Reddy and Suzanne Buffam: Wednesday, February 5th at 12:30 p.m. in Arts & Letters, Room 266.


Monika Zobel: Wednesday, March 5th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Trees are shelters and wounds—
The longest fall occurs
between leaf and leaving.

From, “To Begin at Breath”


Sherwin Bitsui: Wednesday, March 12th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Born with leaves under our coats,
two years of solitude,
the sky never sailed from us,

From, “Blankets of Bark”


The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Renee Swindle: Wednesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

He’s built like a wrestler and wears a silver suit that strains against his Popeye-like biceps; his chest bubbles out from his shirt like a growth. He looks, in fact, like a baby shark standing on its dorsal fins.       

From, Shake Down the Stars


Mel Freilicher: Wednesday, March 26th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

In my youth, I liked to believe that as long as I was sufficiently obsessed, nothing could touch me.           
From, The Encyclopedia of Rebels


Jessica Piazza: Wednesday, April 9th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Like lighter flame in wind, you wind your hand
around the ember of my bending body.                 

From, “Clithrophilia”


Janice Steinberg: Wednesday, April 16th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

The rage…it’s as if embers have leaped out of the fireplace and set me alight. My body is smoldering, my brittle hair a torch.    

From, The Tin Horse


MFA Graduate Reading: Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. in Scripps Cottage.


Rick Bass: Wednesday, May 7th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Blue like a scent trapped in the ice, waiting for some soft release, some thawing, so that it can continue spreading.

From, The Hermit’s Story


Fall 2013 Season

The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents: Pireeni Sundaralingam: Wednesday, September 18th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

My country is a white blindness,
an absence of newsprint,
a vacuum of words
From, “My Country is a White Blindness”


Halina Duraj: Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

He wears a striped silk cravat, has a closed-lipped smile, a large nose, sharp eyes, a slick black widow’s peak. When he speaks, his new gold tooth winks in the light.     From, Fatherland


Dana Gioia: Thursday, October 31st at 3:30 p.m. in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

The heart of the matter, the ghost of a chance,
A tremor, a fever, an ache in the chest.
The moth and the candle beginning their dance,
A cool white sheet on which nothing will rest.                 
From, “The Heart of the Matter” (Pity the Beautiful)


Tomaz Salamun: Wednesday, November 6th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Wanderer, the moon has its own saying:
I would pour over your face with a bucket so
the water would flow onto your clothes.  
From, “Movements” (There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair)


Ofelia Zepeda: Wednesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Should we ask to be rainmakers
Should we ask to be good runners
or should we ask to be heartbreakers.
No, we are not ready to be here at this ocean.    
From, “Ocean Power” (Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert)


William Luvaas: Wednesday, November 20th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Histories reside in this ash—the palimpsest of a distant purposefulness. Ashes pile in drifts against fences, turn our lawns calcium white, make a foul, acrid soup of water in dogs’ bowls. 
From, Ashes Rain Down


Sandra Alcosser: Wednesday, December 4th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Grizzlies walk the trail in green moonlight.
It’s smoother, more silent. Dream-white
antelope float across your clearing,
tasting, marking footrocks.              
From, “A Night on Goat Haunt” (A Fish to Feed All Hunger)

Spring 2013 Season

Katie Farris: Wednesday, February 6th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Come giddy yourself atop these sheer drops. Come shake victorious with delirium tremens and carpe diem. Come frolic with bared teeth.                 
From, boysgirls

Sallie Lowenstein
: Wednesday, March 6th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Flying. A great white bird, I spread my tail feathers, stretch my shady pink neck into warm updrafts that carry me away, away from the towers below.                   
From, In the Company of Whispers

Featured Discussion: An Evening with Performance Artist
, Sheree Rose: Wednesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Featured Symposium: Occupy the Page: Literary Criticism and Activism, featuring
: editor and anthologist, Dominic Luxford, and poet and translator, Alissa Valles: Wednesday, March 20th, Editor’s Panel at 2 p.m. and reading at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents: Mariela Griffor: Wednesday, April 10th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

If your mountains tumble with the howls of an injured woman
It is because my assassin nostalgia thinks of you.             
From, “Seven: Song of Goodbye” (House)

Christopher Merrill
: Wednesday, April 17th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

“Christopher Merrill is one of the most gifted, audacious, and accomplished poets of an extraordinarily rich generation.”                       
—W.S. Merwin

Forrest Gander and Pura López-Colomé
: Wednesday, April 24th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Palpable, the pressure of absence,
under my eyelids.        
From, “Aurora” (No Shelter, Translated by Forrest Gander)

Harold Jaffe
: Wednesday, May 1st at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430.

Isolation is hard, old and iso are harder.
Unfriend your fair-weather friends asap.
Alone is to be alien.                       
From, “Iso” (Revolutionary Brain)


Monday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430

*Eric Goodman is a novelist, rock lyricist, travel writer, journalist, and tv writer. By day, Eric is a Professor of English and directs the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


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