Upcoming SoCal Readings (Riverside, San Bernardino)

Ching-In’s Upcoming Local Readings

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 2pm
Recently Published MFA Students & Graduates
with Neil Aitken, Alba Cruz-Hacker, Gabriela Jauregui, Mary Copeland & Kate Durbin
INTS 1113, UC Riverside
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA

Come celebrate the first books of poets from the Creative Writing Program of UC Riverside, Neil Aitken, Alba Cruz-Hacker, Gabriela Jauregui, Mary Copeland, Kate Durbin & Ching-In Chen.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009). Daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. Her work has been recently published in Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Water~Stone Review. http://www.chinginchen.com

Kate Durbin’s first full-length collection of poetry, The Ravenous Audience, is forthcoming from Black Goat Press/Akashic Books in fall 2009. Her chapbook, Amelia Earhart: Fragments Found in a 1937 Aviator’s Boot, is available from Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, elimae, diode, The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine, Boxcar Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Currently, she lives in Whittier, California, where she is writing a novel.

Gabriela Jauregui (b. Mexico City, 1979) is the author of Controlled Decay (Akashic Books/Black Goat Press, 2008). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine. Her critical and creative work has been published in journals and anthologies in the US, Mexico, and Europe, including, most recently, in New American Writing, The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, The Afro Hispanic Review and in The Aesthetics of Risk(JRP Ringier, 2008). Gabriela is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at USC and a Soros Fellow. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Mexico City. You can find her on the web at: http://www.gabrielajauregui.net

The Dominican-American Alba Cruz-Hacker is the author of No Honey for Wild Beasts (2008). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was awarded the 2007 UCR Poet Laureate Prize and the 2007 Tomas Rivera Endowment Poetry Selection. Her creative and scholarly work has been published throughout the Caribbean, Canada and the United States, including Poetry Magazine (Senior Editor’s Choice), The Caribbean Writer, Canadian Woman Studies, Spillway Review, Pacific Review, Soundings: A Journal of Exploratory Research and Analysis, Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California, and the Hispanic volume of the American Encyclopedia of Ethnic Literature, among others. Ms. Cruz-Hacker teaches creative writing at the University of California Riverside.

Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Born in Vancouver, BC, Neil grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western Canada and the United States. He holds an MFA from UC Riverside and is currently pursuing a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at USC. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Diagram, The Drunken Boat, Ninth Letter, Poetry Southeast, and Sou’wester. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. His website is http://www.neil-aitken.com

~ Books will be available for purchase following the reading ~

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 5pm
with Ruth Nolan
Cal State San Bernardino
Student Theatre in Santos Manuel Student Union
San Bernardino, CA


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2 Responses to “Upcoming SoCal Readings (Riverside, San Bernardino)”

  1. Barbara Jane Reyes Says:

    Hey there, Ching-In, congratulation on your book and NBCC interview with Rigo! Do let me know if you plan on any Bay Area events. Would love to come out and see you, or even help in getting a gig or two up here!

    • chinginchen Says:

      Thanks Barbara! I am going to be coming up to the Bay area for a SF book release party at Modern Times on 5/29 & for the National Queer Arts Festival 6/8 & 6/16. If you’ll be around, would love to see you & catch up! xo

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