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Markel Tumlin and Meagan Marshall

Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series Returns (Mostly) to Love Library for Fall 2022 Season

After being primarily online for the past two years, the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is returning (mostly) to Love Library this fall.  We will feature a number of renowned poets, fiction writers, and lovers of the written (and spoken) word; we welcome you to join us.  All events are presented free of charge.  While one event will be zoomed, the rest will be held in room 430, just like they were before COVID.  All in-person events will be recorded and posted on the Living Writers Series’ YouTube page after the event.  The schedule is listed below. 

But first, here is a conversation about the upcoming fall series between Living Writers Series Director Meagan Marshall and English & American Literature Librarian Markel Tumlin:

Conversation with Meagan and Markel (YouTube video, 19 min 57 sec)


The Fall 2022 Schedule


Richard Martin

In-Person Event— Wednesday, September 14th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430: Author and Founder of The Big Horror Poetry Series, Richard Martin

Details: Richard Martin will read from his most recent book, Chapter & Verse, which has been lauded as “…required reading for the pandemic world.” 

Richard Martin is the author of several books including Dream of Long Headdresses: Poems from a Thousand Hospitals; White Man Appears on Southern California Beach; Modulations; Marks; boink!; Sideways; Strip Meditation; Altercations in the Quiet Car; Buffoons in the Gene Pool; Techniques in the Neighborhood of Sleep; and most recently, Chapter & Verse. Martin is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry, founder of The Big Horror Poetry Series (Binghamton, New York, 1983-1996), and a retired Boston Public Schools principal. He lives in Boston with his family.


Lizz Huerta

In-Person Event— Wednesday, October 5th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430: Acclaimed Author, Lizz Huerta

Details: Lizz Huerta will read from her debut novel, The Lost Dreamer. Huerta has been celebrated as “a powerful new voice in fantasy.”

Lizz Huerta is a widely admired short story writer and essayist, published in Lightspeed, The Cut, The Rumpus, Miami Rail, and more. Huerta has also been a 2018 Bread Loaf fellow; a five-time VONA Fellow; and the winner of the LUMINA fiction contest. She has taught creative writing to homeless youth through the San Diego nonprofit, So Say We All. 



Yuvi Zalkow

Virtual Event— Wednesday, October 19th at 7 p.m.: Celebrated Author, Yuvi Zalkow 

Details: Yuvi Zalkow will read from his most recent book, I Only Cry With Emoticons, which has been described as “A sly, forthright comedy about the intersection of love and technology…” and answer questions from attendees.

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Yuvi Zalkow is the author of two novels: I Only Cry with Emoticons (Red Hen, 2022) and A Brilliant Novel in the Works (MP Publishing, 2012). His short stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, Rosebud, The Los Angeles Review, and others. Yuvi received an MFA from Antioch University. He uses his poor drawing skills to make YouTube videos and mobile apps that ooze with his worries and anxiety. To learn too much about him, visit https://yuvizalkow.com


Angela Narciso Torres

In-Person Event— Wednesday, November 9that 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430: The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Award-winning Poet, Angela Narciso Torres

Details: Each semester, thanks to an endowment created by her family and friends, the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading honors the memory of SDSU alumna, Laurie Matsueda Okuma. The fall 2022 Okuma Author, Angela Narciso Torres, will share poems from her most recent publications, including What Happens is Neither, which has been praised as “poems of intense reflection and loss, but also of rediscovery and delight.”  

Angela Narciso Torres is the author of What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books 2021), Blood Orange (winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry) and the chapbook, To the Bone (Sundress Publications 2020). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Harpur Palate, and Poetry Northwest. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. She received the Yeats Poetry Prize from the W.B. Yeats Society of New York and was named one of Chicago's Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago by NewCity Magazine. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in San Diego. She serves as a senior and reviews editor for RHINO Poetry.


Kevin Prufer

In-Person Event— Wednesday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430: Award-winning Poet and Editor, Kevin Prufer

Details: Kevin Prufer will read from his most recent publications, including The Art of Fiction: Poems, which has been described as “phenomenal in both senses of the word.” 

Kevin Prufer's newest poetry collection, The Fears, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.  He is the author of several other books of poetry, including The Art of Fiction (2021), How He Loved Them (2018), Churches (2014), In a Beautiful Country (2011), and National Anthem (2008), all from Four Way Books. He's also edited several volumes of poetry. With Wayne Miller, Prufer directs the Unsung Masters Series, a book series devoted to bringing the work of great but little known authors to new generations of readers. Prufer is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University. Among Prufer's awards and honors are many Pushcart prizes and Best American Poetry selections, numerous awards from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation.


Poetry International

In-Person Event— Wednesday, November 30th at 7 p.m. in Love Library, Room 430: The 25th Anniversary Celebration of Poetry International

Details: Past and present poets, editors, and collaborators of SDSU’s beloved journal, Poetry International, will come together both in-person and via Zoom, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its publication. Of this edition, Editor-in-Chief, Sandra Alcosser writes, “For this anniversary edition assembled during a pandemic, climate crises and world uprisings, it’s never been more important to have these shared conversations in verse and prose on the page.” 

Poetry International is one of the oldest and most respected literary journals in the world that’s specifically dedicated to poetry and poetics from around the globe. It is published annually at SDSU and made possible by a generous grant from the Edwin Watkins Foundation. Over the years, the journal has published work by such authors as Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott, Wislawa Szymborska, Jose Saramago, Eugenio Montale, Gabriela Mistral, Tomas Transtomer, Wole Soyinka, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, and numerous others. The special 25th anniversary issue contains a rich and exciting array of portfolios including new work from Kevin Prufer, and newly-translated work, presented in English as well as the original language, from Jóhann Hiálmarsson, Jorge Galán, Mariano Zaro, and poets from the Armenian diaspora, among others. Poetry International has dug deep into their archives to bring you a diverse, surprising, and moving collection of work by poets and translators from across the globe, including essays by Chana Bloch, Kwame Dawes, Khaled Mattawa, poems by Andrew Sofer, Daniel Simko, Li Ho, Zhang Oinghua, Carolyn Forché, Mona Høvring, César Vallejo, Warsan Shire, Oliverio Girondo, Kaveh Akbar, Chiamake Enyi-Amadi, and many, many more. 


Thanks for checking out our schedule! 

We’re looking forward to seeing you back in the library this year!!