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Winter 2020

1/13/2020
Kim-Anh Schreiber's Debut Novel Available for Pre-Order

Kim-Anh Schreiber’s cross-genre novel Fantasy debuts March 2020! Kim-Anh completed her MFA in 2017.


1/2/2020
Jac Jemc Joys MFA Faculty

The Literature Department is delighted to welcome author Jac Jemc to the faculty. Jac has joined the Writing section as an Associate Teaching Professor of Literature and Creative Writing. Her teaching interests are fiction, experimental forms, and speculative fiction. She is the author of five books of fiction, including The Grip of It and My Only Wife. She was a finalist for the PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Guernica, LA Review of Books, Crazyhorse, The Southwest Review, Paper Darts, Puerto Del Sol, and Storyquarterly, among others.

Summer 2019

8/26/19
Summer 2019 Issue of Alchemy Is Live

Alchemy 15, UCSD’s online student-edited journal of translation, is now live. This issue is devoted to Science Fiction, as a translational practice, and translation of Sci Fi. Congratulations to Editor in Chief, Iliria Osum (Adriana Tosun), and her editorial team, on a beautiful issue.


7/17/19
MFA students will be presenting at the 2019 &Now Festival of Innovative Writing.

Siloh Radovsky (MFA), Adriana Tosun (MFA), and Nina Mamikunian (UCSD Librarian, Curator for the Archive for New Poetry) will present "Hannah Weiner, Wellness, and Critical Archival Praxis."

Carlito Beal (MFA) will present about hybrid forms.


7/12/19
MFA student Carlito Espudo won the 2019 OutWrite Chapbook Competition in poetry for "boy if"!!!

"boy if" will published in a limited run through Neon Hemlock, so go order your copy at NeonHemlock.com/store before it's too late.


7/13/19
MFA alumni John Pluecker is exhibiting a new body of work called The Unsettlements: Dad through August 18 at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. "The exhibition is focused on my father, on his life and his parents' lives here in Houston from the 1910s through the 1970s. I worked with him, the archive, and other family members to identify sites of trauma, violence, memory, forgetting, or loss in the local area, and then did a series of rituals at those sites: observing, walking, wandering, using my phone camera to take video and photos, and finally gathering materials from the sites to make what became the "object poems" that are at the core of the exhibition." The exhibition will be part of citysinging, the 2018/2019 Artist Studio Program Exhibition, curated by Laura August. 

Events

3/11 - Francesco Levato and Anna Joy Springer

The New Writing Series welcomes Francesco Levato and Anna Joy Springer. Free event. Open to the public.

2/15 - Drop In & Write Session with Carlito Espudo

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Carlito Espudo! 

Carlito Espudo is a SoCal native, born and raised in Palm Springs, California (Organic Certified) (not really). He specializes in cross-genre forms, or, as his parents call it: “that weird poetry with pictures.” He is an amateur zine maker, lover of puns, and definitely wants to see pictures of your pets. His most recent projects revolve around the themes of family, culture, and memory.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, February 15, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Pass It On!

Please forward to anyone you think would be interested!

2/12 - Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

The New Writing Series welcomes poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. Free event. Open to the public.

2/1 - Drop In & Write Session with Adriana Tosun

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Adriana Tosun! 

Adriana Tosun is from New Jersey but now makes art in San Diego, where she is pursuing her MFA in Writing at UCSD. Her work has been installed and performed in New York and London, and was most recently published in The Adirondack Review.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, February 1, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Pass It On!

Please forward to anyone you think would be interested!

1/18 - Drop In & Write Session with Carlito Espudo

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Carlito Espudo! 

Carlito Espudo is a SoCal native, born and raised in Palm Springs, California (Organic Certified) (not really). He specializes in cross-genre forms, or, as his parents call it: “that weird poetry with pictures.” He is an amateur zine maker, lover of puns, and definitely wants to see pictures of your pets. His most recent projects revolve around the themes of family, culture, and memory.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, January 18, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Pass It On!

Please forward to anyone you think would be interested!

1/15 - Mira Jacob

The New Writing Series welcomes author and illustrator Mira Jacob. Free event. Open to the public.

12/21 - Drop In & Write Session with Evelyn Murdock

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Evelyn Murdock! 

Evelyn Murdock is an experimental poet, artist, and actor from Huntsville, Alabama. Her work is often directed towards a punk milieu. She thinks that most poetry readings are too quiet and that most of the fun in being a writer is writing, not reading stuff that's already been written.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, December 21, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Pass It On!

Please forward to anyone you think would be interested!

12/7 - Drop In & Write Session with Adriana Tosun

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Adriana Tosun! 

Adriana Tosun is from New Jersey but now makes art in San Diego, where she is pursuing her MFA in Writing at UCSD. Her work has been installed and performed in New York and London, and was most recently published in The Adirondack Review.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, December 7, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

11/22 - Kazim Ali and Marco Wilkinson

Non-Standard Lit presents Kazim Ali and Marco Wilkinson

Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. at Verbatim Books

More information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/411321296415846/?active_tab=about

11/20 - Katherine Factor

The New Writing Series welcomes author Katherine Factor. Free event. Open to the public.

11/16 - Drop In & Write Session with Carlito Espudo

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Carlito Espudo! 

Carlito Espudo is a SoCal native, born and raised in Palm Springs, California (Organic Certified) (not really). He specializes in cross-genre forms, or, as his parents call it: “that weird poetry with pictures.” He is an amateur zine maker, lover of puns, and definitely wants to see pictures of your pets. His most recent projects revolve around the themes of family, culture, and memory.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, November 16, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

11/2 - Drop In & Write Session with Siloh Radovsky

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block
Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like. Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

Featuring Siloh Radovsky
Siloh Radovsky is a prose writer and visual artist who received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College. She writes primarily at the intersections of personal essay and fiction. Siloh’s research interests include medicine, objectivity, and structures of care. The author of numerous illustrated zines, her work has also been published in Teen Vogue, Inkwell, and Olympia’s small-scale Sundae Theory. Siloh is in the MFA in Writing program at UCSD.

When
Saturday, November 2, from 12 to 1 PM
PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where
La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Pass It On!
Please forward to anyone you think would be interested!

10/23 - Amy Berkowitz

The New Writing Series welcomes author Amy Berkowitz. Free event. Open to the public.

10/19 - Drop In & Write Session with T.m. Lawson

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student T.m. Lawson! 

T.m. Lawson is a poet and writer in San Diego, currently earning his MFA in Writing at UCSD. He likes to work with graphic narratives and is currently at work on a graphic novella, Bad Trip. Find more of his work at tmlawson.com.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. 

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, October 19, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

10/5 - Drop In & Write Session with Carlito Espudo

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Carlito Espudo! 

Carlito Espudo is a SoCal native, born and raised in Palm Springs, California (Organic Certified) (not really). He specializes in cross-genre forms, or, as his parents call it: “that weird poetry with pictures.” He is an amateur zine maker, lover of puns, and definitely wants to see pictures of your pets. His most recent projects revolve around the themes of family, culture, and memory.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. 

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, October 5, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

10/2 - Craig Santos Perez

The New Writing Series welcomes author Craig Santos Perez. Free event. Open to the public.

9/7 - Drop In & Write Session with Siloh Radovsky

Drop In & Write with Siloh Radovsky! 

Siloh Radovsky is a prose writer and visual artist who received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College. She writes primarily at the intersections of personal essay and fiction. Siloh’s research interests include medicine, objectivity, and structures of care. The author of numerous illustrated zines, her work has also been published in Teen Vogue, Inkwell, and Olympia’s small-scale Sundae Theory. Siloh is in the MFA in Writing program at UCSD.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like. Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. First and third Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, September 7, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

8/17 - Drop In & Write Session with Adriana Tosun

Drop In & Write with Adriana Tosun! 

Adriana Tosun is from New Jersey but now makes art in San Diego, where she is pursuing her MFA in Writing at UCSD. Her work has been installed and performed in New York and London, and was most recently published in The Adirondack Review.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. 

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, August 17, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

8/3 - Drop In & Write Session with T.m. Lawson

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student T.m. Lawson! 

T.m. Lawson is a poet and writer in San Diego, currently earning his MFA in Writing at UCSD. He likes to work with graphic narratives and is currently at work on a graphic novella, Bad Trip. Find more of his work at tmlawson.com.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. 

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, August 3, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

7/20 - Drop In & Write Session with Carlito Espudo

Featuring Guest Leader and UCSD MFA in Writing Grad Student Carlito Espudo! 

Carlito Espudo is a SoCal native, born and raised in Palm Springs, California (Organic Certified) (not really). He specializes in cross-genre forms, or, as his parents call it: “that weird poetry with pictures.” He is an amateur zine maker, lover of puns, and definitely wants to see pictures of your pets. His most recent projects revolve around the themes of family, culture, and memory.

Drop-In Writing-From-Prompt Session / Writers’ Block

Bring your pen and a notebook to an hour of writerly fun. Includes prompt(s), time to write, and time to share if you like.  Prompts vary and might include visual media, short phrases, and more. Always free. No critiquing. No homework ever. No experience necessary — open to all levels of writers and wannabees, ages 18 and up. 

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME!!

Where

Saturday, July 20, from 12 to 1 PM

La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested!

AndNow 2019 Festival Logo

&Now Festival
of Innovative Writing

September 19–22, 2019
University of Washington, Bothell


Alchemy Journal
S
ummer 2019
 Sci Fi Issue 
Director of MFA Program
Lily Hoang

MFA Program Advising
(858) 534-8849
mfawriting@ucsd.edu

Accepting Applications:
Apply Online!
9/9/2020 - 1/6/2021 (for Fall 2021 admissions)