More writers on the way


Solmaz Sharif

Nov. 30, 2016 - The visiting writers reading series of the English Department’s Creative Writing Program continues in the winter and spring quarters.

On March 6 Solmaz Sharif, whose first poetry collection LOOK was released in the fall, will read. LOOK was a finalist for a National Book Award and she is winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. A native of Istanbul, Sharif is Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. 

Also presenting will be Donika Kelly, author of the poetry collection Bestiary, selected for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and published in October 2016 by Graywolf Press.

Micah Perks will close the series May 1.  Her books include the novel We Are Gathered Here, the memoir Pagan Time: An American Childhood and the novel What Becomes Us slated for October release. She is recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship Grant and five Pushcart Prize nominations. Perks is a professor of literature and co-director of the creative writing program at UC Santa Cruz.

All the reading are at 7 p.m. in the Peter J. Shields Library Instruction Room (Room 205) on the second floor of the library and are free and open to the public.