Arts & Letters Author Series at UCR Palm Desert

Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today’s most influential authors. This season features five accomplished writers who all have works of nonfiction in addition to their other work.

Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, program director for UCR Palm Desert’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. A bookseller will be available on site.

6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4
Alex Espinoza is the author of novels Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego Léon, and the recent nonfiction book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. A recipient of the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he is now the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UCR.

6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29
Susan Straight, author of eight novels, was a National Book Award finalist for the book Highwire Moon. Her latest is the memoir In the Country of Women. A creative writing professor at UCR, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, The Nation, and other magazines.

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
Maggie Downs is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Braver Than You Think. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Palm Springs Life, as well as Lonely Planet’s True Stories From the World’s Best Writers and Best Women’s Travel Writing.

6 p.m. Thursday, May 7
A Guggenheim Fellow, Matthew Zapruder has published five collections of poetry and is the author of the nonfiction book, Why Poetry. He is also editor at large at Wave Books, and from 2016-7 held the annually rotating position of editor of the poetry column for the New York Times Magazine. His forthcoming poetry collection is Father’s Day.


Nov 04 2019


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