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.

This spring, the series features readings and workshops with writers whose work is connected to the Creative Writing Program’s concentrations: Image & Text, Documentary Strategies, Writing & Performativity, and Writing & Its Publics.

How to Attend the Writing Now Readings Series

Readings will take place in Generator 201/202. Any location changes will be announced to the RSVP list.

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Spring 2022

Writing Now Reading Series: Sam Cohen

Sam Cohen's fiction is published in Fence, Bomb, O Magazine, Electric Literature, and others. Her debut story collection Sarahland came out from Grand Central Publishing in 2021 and was a finalist for a Golden Poppy Award in Fiction and named Best Jewish Story Collection of 5781 by alma.com. She is a doctoral fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at USC.

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Writing Now: Javon Johnson

A salon-style reading and conversation concerning Writing and Performativity with poet, actor, and African American Studies professor Javon Johnson.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Ben Ehrenreich

A salon-style reading and conversation concerning Documentary Strategies with renowned non-fiction writer, journalist, and novelist Ben Ehrenreich.

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Writing Now Reading Series: Paolo Javier

Join us for an intimate Masterclass Workshop and a Public Reading with Paolo Javier. In relation to the MFA Creative Writing Program’s Text + Image concentration, Paolo will be reading from his new book O.B.B., just out from Nightboat. 

Reading(s) will be streamed via the Creative Writing Program's YouTube Channel.

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Fall 2021

Writing Now Reading Series: Christopher Soto

Writing Now Reading Series: Christopher Soto

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CalArts Campus

Generator Building 201/202

Christopher Soto is a poet based in Los Angeles. In 2016, he published the chapbook Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press) and co-founded the Undocupoets Campaign with Javier Zamora and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. Poets & Writers honored Soto and the Undocupoets with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award.” In 2018, he published Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), the first major literary anthology for Queer Poets of Color in the U.S. Currently he works with the Ethnic Studies Research Centers at UCLA and sits on the Board of Directors for Lambda Literary.

Reading(s) will be streamed via the Creative Writing Program's YouTube Channel.


For more information on the Writing Now Reading Series or for accessibility questions, please contact the Visiting Artist Coordinator at csartistcoordinator@calarts.edu