Campus Events

April 11: Fiction Reading with Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons is a writer and editor raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad. She received her BA in Critical Theory and Literary Arts from Brown, and her MFA in Fiction from Columbia. Her debut novel, What We Lose, has been critically acclaimed in such venues as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic, and it was recently selected for the prestigious 5 Under 35 Award by the National Book Foundation. She is the co-founder and former publisher of Apogee Journal, and regularly contributes to Literary Hub and The Believer. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Occidental College, and the Colburn Conservatory. Clemmons is the 2018 Spring Visiting Writer at Pitzer College.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:15pm, Grove House, Pitzer College

April 18: Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Judges Reading

Join us for a poetry reading featuring the 2018 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards judges, Don Share, Elena Karina Byrne, and Sandy Solomon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 4:00pm, Harper Board Room, Claremont Graduate University

April 19: Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Reading and Reception

Join us for a poetry reading featuring our 2018 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award winners, Patricia Smith and Donika Kelly. Patricia Smith received the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Incendiary Art: Poems (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern UP). Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah and Blood Dazzler. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. A Guggenheim fellow, NEA grant recipient, and two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, Patricia currently teaches at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. Donika Kelly received the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Bestiary (Graywolf Press). Kelly is a poet and a scholar. Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She lives in western New York, where she teaches at St. Bonaventure University. Bestiary is her debut collection and is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Doors open at 7pm; reading begins at 7:30. Please RSVP at Eventbrite to reserve your seat.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00pm, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

April 24: Fiction Reading with Rachel Kushner

Dazzling. Gorgeous. Sharp and smart. The writing of Rachel Kushner, author of the acclaimed novels Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers, is all of these things and more. The National Book Award­–nominee (twice!) is back with The Mars Room, bringing readers inside a Central Valley prison alongside a two-consecutive-life-sentenced heroine named Romy Hall. This year’s Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing, Kushner will preview her new work in a reading and conversation.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ Noon, Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College

April 27: Poetry Reading and Book Giveaway

Join the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards and Foothill: a journal of poetry for an open mic reading and book giveaway. Read your own creative work, share a poem you love, or choose a poem from our impressive selection of free, on-site poetry books.

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:30pm, School of Arts & Humanities backyard (831 N. Dartmouth Ave), CGU

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