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Information about past readings 

Spring 2006

Susan Bohrer                                                                                                                        John Hundley 

Fall 2006

Scott Inguito                                                                                                                         Graham Foust                                                                                                                       Lauren Levin                                                                                                                         Tim Z. Hernandez                                           

Spring 2007

Sandra Lim                                                                                                                             Daniel Alarcon                                                                                                                 Jeremy Resnick                                                                                                           Michael Winder                                                                                                                   Stephen Kramp                                                                                                                    Julie Choffel

Fall 2007

Mas Masumoto                                                                                                                 Patricia Wakida                                                                                                              Brenda Hillman                                                                                                                    Carol Ellis                                                                                                                               Sue Varnot                                                                                                                    Paul Gibbons                                                                                                           Elisabeth Beasley                                                                                     

Spring 2008

Tim Z. Hernandez
Three Poets from The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry: David Dominguez, Scott Inguito, Adela Najarro

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April 3rd, 2008                                                                                                       Three Poets from The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry


                                                             David Dominguez,                 Scott Inguito, Adela Najarro

The Wind Shifts gathers, for the first time, works by emerging Latino and Latina poets in the twenty-first century.  All of the writers included in this volume have published poetry in well-regarded literary magazines. Some have published chapbooks or first collections, but none had published more than one book at the time of selection. This results in a freshness that energizes the enterprise. Certainly there is poetry here that is political, but this is not a polemical book; it is a poetry book. There are sonnets and a sestina; poems about traveling and living overseas; poems rooted in the natural world and poems embedded in suburbia; poems nourished by life on the U.S.–Mexico border and poems electrified by living in Chicago or Los Angeles or San Francisco or New York City. In short, this is the rich and varied poetry of young, talented North American Latinos and Latinas.

 Reviews:

The title of the ravishing collection of poems by 25 Latino and Latina writers can be read as an allusion to change and to the fact that poetry is a force, like wind, that knows know borders. Whether inspired by family, love, despair, poems by Rilke, or a painting by Jose Clemente Orozco, the poets gathered here are involved in the infinite possibilities of language.

—Booklist

This is a compelling and exhilarating addition to Latino letters.

—El Paso Times 
 

Friday, February  1st                                                                   Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez is the author of the American Book Award Winning collection Skin Tax

Hernandez is a poet of obvious and quickly realized skills...his images are brilliant, sharp, and concise, his language spare yet rich. Poetry of the here and now, BROWN LOTUS, is the kind of task that should have been undertaken long ago!
-Amiri Baraka, poet & playwright


Elisabeth Beasley, humanist, pacifist, began her meat-eating career by eating lamb heart and schnitzel

Paul Gibbons has published in several journals and has a chapbook titled, "Bray," forthcoming from Elixir Press.  Despite writing about land, work, prisoners, love, clouds, and night, he most prominently writes about the tongue and throat preparing for the next twitch

Jared Stanley  grew up in the East Bay. His poems have appeared in Conduit, Gutcult, Dusie, and Melancholias' Tremulous Dreadlocks. He co-edits the poetry magazine Mrs. Maybe, and is finishing a new chapbook, The Outer Bay.

Sue Varnot’s poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Zone 3, among other journals.  New work is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Runes, and Weber Studies.  She recently relocated from New Mexico to California, where she joined the Writing Program faculty at UC Merced. 

Monday, November 26th                                              ALEJANDRO MURGUÍA
  7:00 pm / 265 Classroom Building, UC Merced


Alejandro Murguía is the author of two collections of short stories,
both of which received The American Book Award, Southern Front,
Bilingual Review Press (1991) and This War Called Love, City Lights
Books (2002).  He is also the author of the non-fiction The Medicine
of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California, University of Texas Press
(2002).  A long-time literary activist in the Bay Area, he is the
co-editor of Volcán: Poetry from Central America (1984); the translator
of Angel in the Deluge by Rosario Castellanos (1993), and the founder
and editor of Tin-Tan Magazine (1975-79).  He is currently a professor
in Raza Studies at San Francisco State University.
Sponsored by SSHA and the Writing Program at UC Merced.

Thursday, November 29th                                            WRITING PROGRAM FACULTY READING        

Elisabeth Beasley, humanist, pacifist, began her meat-eating career by eating lamb heart and schnitzel

Paul Gibbons has published in several journals and has a chapbook titled, "Bray," forthcoming from Elixir Press.  Despite writing about land, work, prisoners, love, clouds, and night, he most prominently writes about the tongue and throat preparing for the next twitch

Jared Stanley  grew up in the East Bay. His poems have appeared in Conduit, Gutcult, Dusie, and Melancholias' Tremulous Dreadlocks. He co-edits the poetry magazine Mrs. Maybe, and is finishing a new chapbook, The Outer Bay.

Sue Varnot’s poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Zone 3, among other journals.  New work is forthcoming in Asheville Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Runes, and Weber Studies.  She recently relocated from New Mexico to California, where she joined the Writing Program faculty at UC Merced.

 

 

 

Thursday, October 25th                                                         David Mas Masumoto & Patricia Wakida

 The UC Merced Writing Program presents a conversation between Valley authors David Mas Masumoto and Patricia Wakida. Masumoto and Wakida will talk about growing up Japanese American in the Central Valley, their literary beginnings and inspiration, and the writing process. Masumoto has a new book entitled "Heirlooms" which he will be signing. Wakida will talk briefly about her current project, a biography of City Lights Books co-owner Shigeyoshi Murao. for more information, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held at the  Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W