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New Writing Series Fall 2021 - via Zoom

Janice Lobo Sapigao and Richard Chiem -- Wednesday, October 20, 2021 -- Zoom  from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Janice Lobo Sapigao

Janice Lobo Sapigao (she/her) is a daughter of immigrants from the Philippines. She is the author of two books of poetry, microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and like a solid to a shadow (Nightboat Books, 2017). She was a VONA/Voices Fellow and was awarded a Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to the Kundiman Poetry Retreat. She is a Poetry Editor at Angel City Review, and co-founder of Sunday Jump in Los Angeles's Historic Filipinotown. Her work has been published in various anthologies. She is the 2020-2021 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. 


Richard Chiem

Richard Chiem is the author of You Private Person (Sorry House Classics, 2017), and the novel, King of Joy (Soft Skull, 2019), which was long listed for the 2020 PEN Open Book Award. He was named a 2019 Writer to Watch by the Los Angeles Times. He has taught at Hugo House and Catapult. He lives in Seattle. 

Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 930 2271 9617

Password: 657279


Brontez Purnell and Teresa Carmody -- Wednesday, October 27, 2021 -- Zoom  from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. Author of the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down, he is the recipient of a 2018 Whiting Award for fiction. He is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, and co-founder of the experimental dance group, the Brontez Purnell Dance Company. His work intentionally defies categorization and limitation, seeking disruption and subversion of forms through multidisciplinary performative practice.  


Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody's writing includes fiction, creative nonfiction, inter-arts collaborations, and hybrid forms. Her books include Maison Femme: a fiction (2015) and The Reconception of Marie (2020), a finalist for the Big Other Fiction Award and Readers' Choice Award. She writes about queerness, autotheory/fiction, friendship, spirituality, and with Shamea Cunningham, co-hosts Today Must be Sunday, a conversation series on Four Queens. She is co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books, and director of Stetson University's MFA program.



Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 957 8950 7375 

Password: 038120


Blas Falconer and Lily Hoang -- Wednesday, November 10, 2021 -- Zoom  from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Blas Falconer

Blas Falconer is the author of three poetry collections, including Forgive the Body This Failure, and a coeditor of two essay collections, The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. His poems have been featured by Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Harvard Review, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, and The New York Times, among other literary journals and institutions. His awards include an NEA Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant. He is a poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and Mentor and Muse (online). Currently, he teaches in the MFA program at SDSU. 





Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of six books, including Underneath (winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Award), A Bestiary (PEN/USA Non-Fiction Award finalist), and Changing (recipient of a PEN/Open Books Award). Her micro-tale collection The Mute Kids is forthcoming in 2022. She is the Director of the MFA in Writing at UC San Diego. 



Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 947 1830 1385

Password: 155572


Divya Victor and Marco Wilkinson -- Wednesday, December 1, 2021 -- Zoom from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Divya Victor

Divya Victor is the author of CURB (Nightboat Books); KITH, a book of verse, prose memoir, lyric essay and visual objects (Fence Books/ Book*hug); Scheingleichheit: Drei Essays (Merve Verlag); NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow, Winner of the Bob Kaufman Award), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH (Les Figues). Her work has been collected in numerous venues, including BOMB, the New Museum’s The Animated Reader, Crux: Journal of Conceptual Writing, The Best American Experimental Writing, POETRY, and boundary2. She has been an editor at Jacket2 (United States), Ethos Books (Singapore), Invisible Publishing (Canada) and Book*hug Press (Canada). She is currently Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University.





Marco Wilkinson

Marco Wilkinson was born in Rhode Island to Uruguayan parents. He has been a horticulturist, farmer, and editor, in addition to being a professor of creative writing and sustainable agriculture. He currently teaches at James Madison University and in Antioch University's MFA Program He has been the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence as well as fellowships from the Hemera Foundation, Craigardan, and the Breadloaf Environmental Writers' Conference. Madder: A Memoir in Weeds, published by Coffee House Press in October 2021, is his first book.



Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 941 6499 3275

Password: 412948



The New Writing Series is brought to you by the Department of Literature, with generous support from our UC San Diego sponsors: the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; the Black Resource Center; the Department of Visual Arts; the Women’s Center; the LGBT Resource Center; the Cross-Cultural Center; and the Ethnic Studies Department.

The New Writing Series thanks Geisel Library for administrative and technical support.

For more information contact Professor Camille F. Forbes.