An impressive slate of writers will be appearing at the SDSU Library during the fall 2018 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series. The schedule is listed below. All readings are on Wednesdays, are held in Love Library 430 (Leon Williams Room) at 7PM, and are free and open to the public.
September 26th – Mel Freilicher and Jim Miller
San Diego writers Mel Freilicher and Jim Miller return to the library for the series opener. Freilicher’s latest book, American Cream (2017), is the third book in his trilogy of experimental historical fiction. Freilicher has described his writing as “dealing with American radicals from past eras.” American Cream explores this history by mashing up the real with the absurd.
SDSU MFA alumnus Jim Miller is perhaps best known as co-author of the classic Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See (2003), but he has also been creating an impressive oeuvre of fiction. His latest, Last Days in Ocean Beach (2018), features a colorful cast of OB characters in a novel that explores the challenges of getting an apathetic public to recognize the dangers of climate change.
October 17th – Carly Joy Miller
As if winning the 2016 Rick Campbell Chapbook prize wasn’t enough, Carly Joy Miller was also awarded the 2017 Orison Poetry Prize. A contributing editor for Poetry International, her latest collection, Ceremonial (2018), was published in May. Ilya Kaminsky says of Miller, “Here is the poet who knows the sensual art of speaking in tongues.” Forward Reviews calls her “relentless.”
October 24th – Vi Khi Nao (Laurie Okuma Reading)
Winner of FC2’s 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction prize (for A Brief Alphabet of Torture) and the 2014 Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry (for The Old Philosopher), our fall 2018 Laurie Okuma reader, Vi Khi Nao, has a new collection, Sheep Machine (2018), that was published in June. A review of it in Publisher’s Weekly states, “Through its innovative style and aggressive attention to detail, the project succeeds in unearthing extraordinary possibilities, resulting in a work that exists as an ‘important acuity’ in the face of ‘today’s technological age.’” The Laurie Okuma Memorial reading is a twice-a-year event that features a woman writer from an underrepresented group.
November 14th – Lee Briccetti
The highly celebrated Lee Briccetti is the long-time executive director of New York City’s Poet’s House, which she has built into a nationally-recognized literary center and poetry library. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a poetry fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her latest collection, Blue Guide (2018), was published in March. Naomi Shihab Nye says of the collection, “It’s remarkable how necessary and helpful these poems feel.”
November 28th – Manuel Paul López
Dubbed “a sort of psychedelic stenographer” by Publisher’s Weekly, San Diego City College faculty member Manuel Paul López has made a big splash in the San Diego poetry pond. Winning the 2013 Ernest Sandeen Prize in poetry led to the publication of The Yearning Feed (2013). His latest collection, These Days of Candy (2017), is a mixed-genre work published this past November. Of it, PW says, “López’s absorbing hybrid forms are full of humor, ingenuity, and sly politics.”
December 5th – April Wilder and Blas Falconer
This special event features the current SDSU MFA Visiting Writers in both Prose and Poetry!! A former Fiction Fellow at the Institute for Creative Writing in Madison, WI, April Wilder’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications such as McSweeney’s and O Magazine. Her debut collection, This is Not an Accident, was published in 2014. O Magazine describes the collection’s characters as “off-kilter, wacky, disaster-prone.” Booklist calls Wilder’s voice “crisp and contemporary.”
Blas Falconer is the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review, and his latest collection, Forgive the Body This Failure (2018), is slated for publication in September. Victoria Chang has described his poems as “sparse, beautiful, and breathtaking.” During a recent interview with the Chicago Review of Books, Falconer commented on contemporary poetry: “I always found it interesting that so many complain that contemporary poetry is inaccessible while so many others seem to think that it’s sentimental and contrived.” Among his many awards is a 2011 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is one of the longest continuously running reading series in the nation. It is co-sponsored with the Department of English and Comparative Literature. We look forward to seeing you this fall!!
Submitted by Markel Tumlin