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New Writing Series Spring 2012

Cristina Rivera-Garza, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
criveragarza A native of the border (Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1964), Cristina Rivera Garza has lived and taught both in Mexico and the United States. She studied Urban Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received her Ph.D in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 1995. Author of transdisciplinary works, written both in English and Spanish, she has received numerous awards, including the 2001 Iberoamerican Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz-FIL and the 2005 Anna Seghers in Berlin. She has published extensively on the social construction of mental illness and the history of Mexican psychiatry at the turn of the twentieth century. Some of her works have been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese, German and Korean. Professor Rivera-Garza writes La mano oblicua/The Oblique Hand, a weekly column for the cultural section of the Mexican newspaper Milenio. She also maintains No Hay Tal Lugar, her blog: www.cristinariveragarza.blogspot.com. Professor Rivera-Garza is Professor of Writing at UC San Diego and MFA Writing Program Director.

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Paul Harding, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
pharding Paul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His second novel, Enon, will be published by Random House in 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. Harding received his BA from the University of Massachusetts and his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has been a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Maine, and he has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnel College.

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Ron Silliman, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
rsilliman Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books, and had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. Silliman was the 2006 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, a 2003 Literary Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2002 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Arts Council as well as a Pew Fellow in the Arts in 1998. He received the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2010. Silliman has a plaque in the walk dedicated to poetry in his home town of Berkeley, although he now lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, having retired from the computer industry.

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Susan Schultz and Craig Santoz Perez, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space

Susan M. Schultz is author, most recently, of Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series (Singing Horse Press, 2011), Dementia Blog (Singing Horse, 2008) and And Then Something Happened (Salt, 2004).  Her book of essays A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry is from the University of Alabama Press (2005).  In recent years, especially, her work has focused on issues of memory and forgetting by way of documenting her mother's last years with Alzheimer's.  Schultz has edited Tinfish Press since 1995 from her home office in Kane`ohe, Hawai`i. Her blog can be found at http://tinfisheditor.blogspot.com.  She is a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

csperez Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan/Guam. He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (Hawai’i Dub Machine, 2011), and author of two collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010), a finalist for the LA Times 2011 Book Prize for Poetry and the winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. He is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific Literature and Creative Writing.