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Summer 2016

Creative Writing Program Update

Image above: Tobias Wolff, Reyna Grande, Raina Leon (l-r).


The Santa Clara Review and Creative Writing Program completed its second season of the Writing Forward Reading Series this past year with poet Alexandra Teague (California Book Award), non-fiction writer Norma Elia Cantú (Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera), and Juan Felipe Herrera (U.S. Poet Laureate) Each author visited campus to read, meet with students, participate in classes, provide interviews, and appear in the Review.

The 2016-17 reading series kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 5 PM, St. Clare Room, with the acclaimed fiction writer, Tobias Wolff, author of The Barracks Thief, Old School, “A Bullet in the Brain,” and many other works. Among numerous accolades, he has received the Pen/Faulkner Award, National Medial of the Arts, and L.A. Times Book Prize.

Non-fiction writer and novelist Reyna Grande will read on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 5:30 PM, St. Clare Room. Her memoir, The Distance Between Us, focuses on her life before and after illegally immigrating—on her own at age ten—to the United States from Mexico. She has won the American Book Award, International Latino Book Award, and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

In the spring, poet Raina Leon will read on Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5 PM, St. Clare Room. She is author of Canticle of Idols and Boogeyman Dawn and has been a Cave Canem and MacDowell fellow.

All readings are open to the public.