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Spring 2019 Living Writers Series Announced!!

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is gearing up again at the SDSU Library, and we are excited about the coming season of interesting, entertaining, and provocative readings!  Co-sponsored with the SDSU Department of English and Comparative Literature, this series has lived in the library since 2001 and has featured a plethora of talented and engaging writers.  Here is some information about the writers scheduled to appear during the spring semester.


February 20th – Corinne Goria

Corinne Goria


Lawyer, teacher, and writer are just a few of the words to describe Corinne Goria.  She is perhaps best known as the editor of Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy (2014), a collection of sixteen oral histories exposing human rights crises lurking beneath the surface.  Kirkus Reviews calls it "a compelling message about the plight of labor workers worldwide.”  SDSU’s Visiting Writer in Prose for spring 2019, Goria has also written experimental digital fiction and been published in The San Diego Writer’s Anthology.  She also teaches political science at the University of San Diego.




February 27th – Eugene Lim

Eugene Lim


Dear Cyborgs (2017) is the most recent work by novelist Eugene Lim, and it features two outcast Asian American boys with a shared love of comic books that the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Berry says “is stuffed with more complex ideas than many books three times its size.”  Lim is also the author of Fog & Car (2008) and The Strangers (2013).  The founder and managing editor of Ellipsis Press, Lim also works as a high school librarian.




March 13th – Peg and Robert Boyers

Robert and Peg Boyers

Salmagundi executive editor Peg Boyers is the author of three poetry collections:  Hard Bread (2002), Honey with Tobacco (2007), and To Forget Venice (2014).  The international sensibility of her work is informed by a nomadic childhood.  Born in Venezuela, she has lived in Libya, Italy, Indonesia, and Cuba.  In addition to her work for Salmagundi, she teaches poetry at Skidmore College.  Poet Chase Twichell writes that while To Forget Venice is “elegant, contemporary, and wry, the voice at its center is also capable of disarming flights of imagination as it enters and inhabits other lives across time and gender.”

Robert Boyers is the founder of Salmagundi and has been its editor-in-chief for over fifty years.  With a lifelong interest in the relationship between politics and literature, he has published nine books, including the short story collection Excitable Women, Damaged Men (2005).  While his writing skill revealed itself at a young age, he was also well-regarded as a child singer.  A professor of English at Skidmore College, Boyers also founded and continues to direct the New York State Summer Writers Institute.  Pulitzer prize-winning Ironweed author William Kennedy calls Boyers stories “marvels of intensity.”



April 10th – Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Dore Watson

Multiple-award winning poet Ellen Doré Watson has published five collections of poems, most recently pray me stay eager (2018), which Ellen Bass described as “wonderful, witty, wise poems in love with language and singing the music of the world with all its pleasures and piquancies, its oddities and tragedies.”  In addition, she has been a prolific translator of Brazilian Portuguese literature and serves as the Poetry and Translation Editor for the Massachusetts Review.  A former long-time director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, Watson is also a member of the core faculty at Drew University’s Low-Res MFA Program in Poetry and Translation.







April 24th – William Luvaas

William Luvaas

William Luvaas earned his MFA at San Diego State University before launching an impressive literary career.  He is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories.  His latest, Welcome to Saint Angel (2018), is a comic novel about the tensions between real estate developers and rural people trying to maintain their way of life.  As a student, Luvaas was the first VISTA volunteer in Alabama; his work there was honored with the naming of the William Luvaas Community Center in Madison County.  A man of widely varied experiences, Luvaas once lived for a year in a Mendocino County shelter that he fashioned out of a redwood tree stump. National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff calls him “a wild-eyed genius.”




May 1st – Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin

Beloved professor emerita Marilyn Chin is returning to the SDSU Library for one night only!!  The widely-anthologized winner of multiple literary awards, Chin has published one novel and five poetry collections.  A Los Angeles Review of Books review of her latest collection, A Portrait of the Self as Nation (2018), describes her as "a poet of contradictions, poignant sentiment, beat-your-ass toughness, and unexpected humor."  Chin emigrated from Hong Kong to Oregon as a child, and her work often reveals her experiences as an Asian American and a feminist.  The Academy of American Poets elected her as one of their chancellors in January 2018.



All Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series events start at 7PM in Love Library 430.  All are free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!  Tell your friends!