Writers at Sonoma Spring 2017Season

SSU’s annual literary reading series, Writers at Sonoma brings nationally and internationally known writers to campus and the larger community.  All readings are free and open to the public.

FAE MYENNE NG, Fiction Reading

Thursday, March 9, 3:00 pm, Art Gallery

Fae Myenne NgWinner of the American Book Award for Steer Toward Rock and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fae Myenne Ng is also the author of the much-heralded Bone (1993), which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Ng is the daughter of a seamstress and a laborer who immigrated fro Guangzhou, China. She received an MFA from Columbia, and teaches at UC Berkeley. Bone tells the story of three Chinese American daughters growing up in Ng's childhood hometown of San Francisco Chinatown. Her work has won the American Academy of Arts & Letters' Rome Prize, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and The Radcliffe Institute.

Bone's story of an old San Francisco couple and their three grown children gives a sense of the wildness underlying the changes that the two generations go through. Tragic things happen, although the book is not a tragedy, nor is it written in tragic tones. The voices of the narrator--oldest of the three children--and of the others are terse and percussive. They shift abruptly from the emotional to the matter-of-fact with an effect that is sometimes comic and often coolly illuminating.” - LA TIMES

“Blessed with a poet's gift for metaphor and a reporter's eye for detail, Ms. Ng writes with grace, authority and grit.” - NY TIMES


Thursday, March 30, 7 pm, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center

Cortney Lamar Charleston “Cortney Lamar Charleston's poems testify in the eternal court of history; he speaks, as Aime Cesaire once did, 'for miseries that have no mouth' and to liberate 'those who languish in the dungeon of despair.' Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and nine slain members of Mother Emanuel AME Church--voices silenced through institutionalized racism and the unchecked power of hate--form the nucleus of this powerful indictment of an America still suffering the legacy of its slave-trading past. Timely, immediate, imperative; this is poetry from inside the center of the storm; an urgent and articulate call for change.”— Douglas A. Powell

Charleston won the poetry prize with Saturnalia Books, who will be publishing his first book, Telepathogies, in early 2017. A Cave Canem fellow, he lives in Jersey City, NJ, and is an alumnus of University of Pennslyvania’s performance poetry collective, The Exealno Project, and a founder of BLACK PANTONE, an inclusive digital cataloguing of black identity. His work has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

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Read a Poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston

Here is a conversation from The Rumpus between Cortney and Lambda Book Award winner Danez Smith

BRIAN EVENSON, Fiction Reading

Thursday, April 27, Time 7 pm, Schultz 3001

Brian EvensonBRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press 2016) and the novella The Warren (Tor.com 2016). He has also recently published Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, and David B. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Greek Spanish, Japanese, Persian, and Slovenian. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.

An article about Evenson in February 2016 New Yorker

More Information

Green Music Center on SSU Campus MapThese events are sponsored by he English Department, SSU's Instructionally Related Activities, The Nadenia Newkirk Fund for Writers, and The Small Press Club.

For further information about the series, contact Gillian Conoley, conoley@sonoma.edu.