Writing Now Reading Series

Structured around the work of several visiting contemporary writers, the Writing Now Reading Series and Seminar is a required course for CalArts MFA creative writing graduate students that showcases vibrant new modalities for writing that refresh today’s interconnected creative fields. Writing Now offers inspiring points of contact and critical conversation about writing process and practice between visiting writers, students and local audiences, with an eye for fostering the collaborative, the future-forward, and the unexpected in literature.


Upcoming


Fall 2019

Kenyatta A.C Hinkle

Writing Now Reading Series
Kenyatta A.C Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the LA Times, Artforum, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian Journal, and Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She is the author of an artist book Kentifrications: Convergent Truth(s) & Realities published by Occidental College and Sming Sming Books. SIR is her first book of poetry published by Litmus Press. Hinkle is currently the Assistant Professor of Painting at UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice.

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Purvi Shah

Writing Now Reading Series
Purvi Shah inspires change as a writer and consultant on gender, racial & economic equity. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project highlighting Asian American voices. For her leadership fighting violence against women, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award. Terrain Tracks, her debut poetry collection on migration and belonging, won the Many Voices Project prize. Her new book, Miracle Marks, explores women, the sacred, and gender & racial equity. She serves as a board member of The Poetry Project. Her favorite art practices are her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter. Discover more @PurviPoets or http://purvipoets.net.

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Heather Christle

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Heather Christle is the author of the poetry collections The Difficult FarmThe Trees The Trees, which won the Believer Poetry Award; What Is Amazing; and Heliopause. Her poems have appeared in the New YorkerLondon Review of BooksPoetry, and many other journals. Her first work of nonfiction, The Crying Book, will be out in November. She teaches creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Lewis Raven Wallace

Writing Now Reading Series
Lewis Raven Wallace is an independent journalist based in Durham, North Carolina, and a contributing editor at Scalawag Magazine. He previously worked in public radio, and is a long-time activist engaged in prison issues, racial justice, and queer and trans liberation. Lewis's award-winning journalism focuses on the voices of people who are geographically, economically, and politically marginalized. His book and podcast, The View from Somewhere, focus on undoing the myth of "objectivity" in journalism and uplifting the stories of marginalized journalists who have challenged and changed how journalism is done. He is white and transgender, and was born and raised in the Midwest with deep roots in the South.

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