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Stephen Graham Jones awarded LA Times Book Prize for horror novel ‘The Only Good Indians’

Jones was named the winner of the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, announced during a virtual ceremony kicking off the 26th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 16.

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Stephen Graham Jones finalist for LA Times Book Prize

His novel “The Only Good Indians” is nominated for The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction.

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Allison Hedge Coke awarded for community service efforts by Association of Writers & Writing Programs

UCR author Allison Hedge Coke was awarded the 2021 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs on March 3.

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UCR author awarded Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize

Mike Davis, a distinguished professor emeritus of creative writing, is among three recipients of the 2020 prize alongside political activist and author Angela Davis and prison abolitionist and scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore.

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Poet Allison Hedge Coke inducted into Texas Institute of Letters

Hedge Coke is among 14 distinguished writers inducted for 2021, announced on Jan. 29.

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UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography awarded grant for Getty Foundation’s ‘Pacific Standard Time’ arts initiative

UCR ARTS is one of 45 cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California to receive support from the Getty Foundation for its projects.

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UCR ARTS awarded $65K grant from Warhol Foundation

UCR ARTS has been awarded a $65,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of an upcoming exhibition featuring the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Christina Fernandez.

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Nalo Hopkinson named 37th ‘Grand Master’ by SFWA

The award recognizes “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy” and will be presented to Hopkinson during the 56th Annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony held virtually June 4-6, 2021.

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Book by Nalo Hopkinson among Time’s ‘100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time’

Hopkinson’s book “Brown Girl in the Ring” was included in the list published by Time on Oct. 15.

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Laila Lalami winner of 2020 Arab American Book Award

Lalami’s novel “The Other Americans” was selected as the winner in the fiction category

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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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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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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 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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