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UC Riverside Writers Week, February 13 - 17, 2023



Writers Week brings together the most celebrated authors in America and the best among up-and-coming writers to present what has become the most important literary event in Southern California for nearly a half a century.


This February, we honor two highly acclaimed writers, Percival Everett and the late Mike Davis, along with thirty-one other authors.


Writers Week is free to attend and open to the public. We hope you’ll join us February 13–17 for another fantastic event!


46th UCR Writers Week Featured Writers

Abigail Chabitnoy, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Angela Peñaredondo, Ashanti Anderson, Ayize Jama-Everett, Bojan Louis, Boris Dralyuk, Charmaine Craig, Clyde Derrick, Courtney Cook, Crystal AC Salas, Daniel H. Wilson, David Campos, David Jean Tromblay, Gabriela Jauregui, Jan Beatty, Jennifer Croft, Joseph Han, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kate Anger, Mike Davis, Morgan Talty, Nathaniel Mackey, Noʻu Revilla, Paul Hlava Ceballos, Percival Everett, Ramona D. Emerson, Reza Aslan, Ruben Quesada, Susan Straight, Tom Lutz, Vanessa Hua, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo


Meet the Directors

Tom Lutz


Chair & Distinguished Professor


Founding Editor in Chief, Los Angeles Review of Books


Distinguished Professor, 2017–present

Tom Lutz is the founder and editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. His books include Portraits, a collection of photographs and flash essays; two novels, the forthcoming Archipelago and Born Slippy; a book on the philosophy of the essay, Aimlessness; three volumes of travel writing — The Kindness of Strangers, Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World, and And the Monkey Learned Nothing; the cultural history Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums, which won the American Book Award; Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, a New York Times Notable Book; Cosmopolitan Vistas, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title; and American Nervousness, 1903, also a New York Times Notable Book. They have been translated into 12 languages and have appeared on NY Times and LA Timesbestseller lists. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Die Zeit, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse, Salon.com, Iowa Review, LitHub, Black Clock, American Literary History, and other newspapers and literary venues, as well as in scores of books and academic journals. He is the editor in chief of LARB Books, and the editor of a dozen books for it and for other presses, including These ‘Colored’ United States: African American Essays from the 1920s. He is the founding editor of the LARB Quarterly Journal and founding director of the LARB Radio Hourand LARB Publishing Workshop. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Iowa, CalArts, University of Copenhagen, and now at UC Riverside. He has written for film and television and is currently creator and executive producer of The Key, a limited series historical drama, currently in development. He is working on a number of projects, including a series of lectures for Sam Harris’s Waking Up app and website, a nonfiction book and website on 1925, and a new novel.


Allison Adelle Hedge Coke


Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing


Director, Writers Week


Director, PI, Along the Chaparral

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke 

Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing / Director of UCR Writers Week Festival (Co-Director 2023) / Director and Principal Investigator, Along the Chaparral: memorializing the enshrined/Pūowaina / Advisor for the Writers Resist/Poets Place Garden

Affiliated Faculty for the School of Medicine, Narrative Medicine—Narrative Pathways for Medical Humanities

Affiliated Faculty for the newly proposed Department of Society, Environment, and Health Equity (SEHE)

2022−2023 Mellon Dean’s Professorship UCR Center for Ideas and Society / 2020 Spring Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals University of Hawai‘i Mānoa / 2019 Fulbright to Montenegro



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