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Department of Creative Writing announces annual award and scholarship winners

Each year, UCR’s Department of Creative Writing bestows multiple awards to its undergraduate and graduate students. Below are this year’s winners. The Chancellor’s Performance Award The Chancellor’s Performance Award recognizes excellence in creative writing. Winners: Vanesa Ruvalcaba Manisha Prakash Marvin Contreras Adam Schwartz Cole Deyo Emily...

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UCR author Laila Lalami finalist for 2020 California Book Awards

“The Other Americans” named among four finalists in the fiction category

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UCR creative writing professor wins literary grant

Tod Goldberg’s “The Outside In” was the first essay awarded a grant as part of a California Desert Arts Council initiative

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UCR distinguished professor named Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Allison Hedge Coke, a distinguished professor in the Department of Creative Writing, was named the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals for the spring 2020 semester at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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Two films produced by UCR screenwriting professor recognized at Sedona International Film Festival

"Foster Boy" and "The Great 14th" won Director’s Choice awards at the 2020 Sedona International Film Festival, which took place Feb. 22-March 1

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Novel by UCR author Laila Lalami shortlisted for 2019 National Book Award

UC Riverside Professor Laila Lalami's latest novel, “The Other Americans,” has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for fiction.

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UCR author Susan Straight nominated for 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal

Susan Straight, a distinguished professor of creative writing at UC Riverside, has been nominated for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for her debut memoir, “In the Country of Women.”

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UCR author Laila Lalami nominated for two prestigious literary prizes

UC Riverside Professor Laila Lalami has been selected as a finalist for this year’s Kirkus Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award for her novel, “The Other Americans.”

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UCR distinguished professor awarded Fulbright grant to teach in Montenegro

Allison Hedge Coke, a distinguished professor of creative writing, has been awarded a Fulbright grant as a scholar at the University of Montenegro in Niksic for the fall 2019 semester. Her appointment will begin Sept. 1, where she will be teaching and presenting literature from American Indian and Latino/a poets, and other writers of the Americas...

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MFA student J.D. Horn named finalist for annual Louisiana book campaign

J.D. Horn ’20, a student in the UCR Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program, has been selected as a finalist for the One Book One Parish campaign organized by Shreve Memorial Library

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UCR welcomed 22 authors and hundreds of guests at this year's Writers Week conference.

The 42nd-annual Writers Week conference, California’s longest-running free literary event, kicked off the evening of Feb. 4 with a full-house event featuring Margaret Atwood. Chancellor Kim Wilcox introduced the acclaimed author, known for popular works such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and the "MaddAddam" trilogy, followed by a Q&A between Atwood and...

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UCR Lecturer named 2018-2020 Inlandia Literary Laureate

UCR Lecturer Rachelle Cruz has been appointed to a two-year term as Inlandia Literary Laureate, an award celebrating the literary excellence of the inland Southern California region. To be eligible, Inlandia Literary Laureates must live or work in Inland Southern California, write in a regional voice, work with diverse audiences, mentor emerging...

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UCR Creative Writing Assistant Professor Nominated for 2018 Ohioana Book Award

Deanne Stillman, a member of the core faculty at UCR’s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing program, is a finalist for the 2018 Ohioana Book Awards. The awards, first given in 1942, are the second-oldest state literary prizes in the nation and honor outstanding works by authors from Ohio. Stillman’s work of narrative nonfiction, “Blood...

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New Elementary School to be Named After UCR Creative Writing Professor Emeritus

Juan Felipe Herrera, acclaimed poet and professor emeritus in the Department of Creative Writing, will soon be able to list an elementary school in his roster of honors. Juan Felipe Herrera Elementary School, slated to open in August 2020, will be erected in southeast Fresno. The decision to honor Herrera, a Fresno County native, was announced May...

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Panel Discussion to Address Diversity and Inclusivity of Leadership in California College Systems

The University of California, Riverside, will be hosting a free event organized by The Campaign for College Opportunity examining the disparity between student demographics and the lack of diversity among California community college and university leadership. Changing Faces: The Case for Inclusivity in Higher Education Leadership, scheduled for...

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