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New Writing Series Fall 2023 

Iya Kiva -- Wednesday, October 25, 2023 -- Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Iya Kiva

Iya Kiva is a poet, translator, and journalist. She was born in Donetsk and fled the war in 2014 to settle in Kyiv. Shortly after arriving, she began shifting from writing in her native Russian to writing in her second language, Ukrainian. She is the author of two volumes of poetry and the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry and translation. She is currently a fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

Co-sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program


Eileen Myles -- Wednesday, November 1, 2023 -- the LOFT at 6:00 pm

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles (they/them, b. 1949) is a poet, novelist and art journalist whose practice of vernacular first-person writing has made them one of the most recognized writers of their generation. Pathetic Literature, which they edited, came out in Fall of 22. a “Working Life”, their newest collection of poems, is out now. They live in New York & in Marfa, TX.

Co-sponsored by the LOFT 


Ann Hui & Zeinabu Irene Davis  -- Saturday, November 4, 2023 -- San Diego Asian Film Festival at Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas (10733 Westview Pkwy, San Diego) at 2:45 pm

Ann Hui
Zeinabu Irene Davis

Free tickets are available for UCSD students/staff/faculty. Please contact Provost Wayne Yang at 

Ann Hui, Hong New Wave filmmaker, presents Elegies, a film on poetry in contemporary Hong Kong.

Zeinabu Irene Davis, UCSD Communications professor and filmmaker, presents Pandemic Bread, a film based on a true story by Marivi Soliven about a life-changing end-of-life call between three women -- a doctor, a patient, and a Filipina translator -- in the early days of the pandemic.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Muir College 


Bishakh Som -- Wednesday, November 8, 2023 -- 1st Floor Meeting Room (east side), Geisel Library at 5:00 pm

Bishakh Som

Bishakh Som is an Indian-American trans femme artist and author. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker,, The Boston Review and The Georgia Review amongst other publications. Her book Apsara Engine (The Feminist Press) is the winner of a 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel and a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner for Best LGBTQ Comics. Her graphic memoir Spellbound (Street Noise Books) was also a 2021 Lambda finalist.


Brian Teare -- Wednesday, November 15, 2023 -- Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Brian Teare

A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Brian Teare is the author of eight chapbooks and six critically acclaimed books, including Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, and Doomstead Days, winner of the Four Quartets Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, Kingsley Tufts, and Lambda Literary Awards. His most recent publications are a diptych of book-length ekphrastic projects exploring queer abstraction, chronic illness, and collage: the 2022 Nightboat reissue of The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, and the fall 2023 publication of Poem Bitten by a Man.


The New Writing Series is brought to you by the Literature Department and the School of Arts and Humanities

The New Writing Series thanks the Department of Visual Arts for providing us with the SME Presentation Space

For more information contact Professor Marco Wilkinson.