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Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series

The fall 2017 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series kicks off on Wednesday, September 20th with a return visit from experimental prose stylist Lance Olsen.  The series continues throughout the fall semester in Love Library 430/31 and features an appetizing menu of contemporary writers.  The full fall series includes the following:



September 20th - Lance Olsen

As mentioned above, Lance Olsen will be opening the fall series with his first SDSU appearance in five years.   Olsen’s latest novel, Dreamlives of Debris, is a modern retelling of the Theseus and Minotaur myth; Scrapper author Matt Bell says it is “surprising and mysterious and imbued with new power.”  Publishers Weekly calls Olsen “a master of evocative, expressive prose.”  Not to be missed!!

October 11th - Bill Yarrow & Stephen-Paul Martin

The semester’s second event is a wide-ranging double-header!!  Poet Bill Yarrow, author of Pointed Sentences, Blasphemer, and (his latest) The Vig of Love, will be reading from his work, which V. V. Saichek describes as the exploration of “what lies between psychological and physical perception with a sharpness of vision and wit.”  Sharing the lectern with Yarrow will be SDSU’s own Stephen-Paul Martin, whose latest, The Ace of Lightning, was published by FC2 in March.  A series of interconnected stories focused on the assassination that sparked World War I, The Ace of Lightning, has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as “ambitious and original.”  See you there!!

November 8th - Tana Jean Welch & Timothy Daniel Welch

Another double-header is on tap for the semester’s third event, as two SDSU MFAs return to San Diego to read from their latest work.  Tana Jean Welch received the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize for her first collection, Latest Volcano, which Sandra Alcosser calls “metamorphic and sensuous.”  She also currently serves as the managing editor of HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature. Timothy Daniel Welch is the author of Odd Bloom Seen from Space, which won the 2016 Iowa Poetry Prize.  Publishers Weekly calls his work “cubist and confessional, aching and wry.”  Come find out why.

November 29th - Siel Ju

Our fourth event is this semester’s Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading, which features women writers from underrepresented groups.  Both a poet and a fiction writer, Siel Ju is the author of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Award winner, Cake Time, a novel-in-stories that explores why intelligent girls sometimes make terrible choices.  Best-selling author Jillian Lauren describes Cake Time as a “delicious indulgence.”  Come indulge yourself!!

December 6th - Erin Rodoni

The final event of the fall semester features Erin Rodoni, an SDSU MFA alum whose first poetry collection was published in April by Sixteen Rivers Press.  In a collection deemed “marvelous” by Ilya Kaminsky, Rodoni’s Body, In Good Light explores language that distills experience into its essence.  We hope that you will join us for an event that promises to be equally marvelous!!

Locations & Times

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is one of the nation’s longest-running reading series. All events will be held in Love Library 430/31 at 7PM on the advertised dates (which are all Wednesdays).  All are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!!