Remembering Mike Davis, an agent for social change

The author and distinguished professor emeritus with UCR’s Department of Creative Writing died on October 25

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

‘Forbidden City’ shines light on Mao Zedong’s dancing girls

Vanessa Hua’s latest novel "Forbidden City" explores the little-known history and influence of the teenage revolutionaries in Chairman Mao’s inner circle

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

New book by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, ‘Look at This Blue,’ is a tough love letter to California 

Poetry collection captures the author's own life, as well as many of the golden state’s overlooked truths: genocide, environmental degradation, and climate change.

Susan Straight releases new novel, ‘Mecca’   

Set in the Inland Empire, her tenth novel, weaves together people, history, and scenery.

Sandra Cisneros, Linda Hogan, and Ishmael Reed to be honored during Writers Week

The free festival, in its 45th year, will be held virtually.

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez | | Arts / Culture

Reza Aslan and Rainn Wilson wrestle with life’s biggest questions on new podcast

“Metaphysical Milkshake” sees the scholar and actor discuss weighty topics with contemporary thought leaders, bringing humor and insight to a new subject each week.

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Poetry and music collaborations from Katie Ford strike a chord with audiences

The poet looks back on her collaborations with composers and the debut of her newest project through Brooklyn Art Song Society on April 10.

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

‘United States of Al’ explores toll of war with humor and heart

The new sitcom, executive produced by UC Riverside Professor Reza Aslan, premieres April 1 on CBS

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Writers Week to honor three U.S. poet laureates

Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, and Juan Felipe Herrera will each receive lifetime achievement awards during a special event Feb. 19.

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Going Bold

Actor LeVar Burton will highlight a weekend-long celebration commemorating the completion of UC Riverside’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The event, "Future Perfect: A Conversation with Levar Burton," will be hosted by UCR creative writing professor and author Nalo Hopkinson on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. The discussion topic will be...

By Omar Shamout | | University

UC Riverside’s 44th-annual Writers Week goes virtual

California’s longest-running free literary festival is now accessible to audiences worldwide

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Good fence libraries make good neighbors

UCR author Susan Straight’s fence library continues to serve a Riverside community disproportionately affected by the coronavirus

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Creating Through Crises

Fifteen UCR faculty members and staff offer tips on keeping a creative spirit in the age of COVID-19

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Afrofuturist comics and writing ‘in a time of great calamity’

Nalo Hopkinson and John Jennings to discuss their recent graphic novels and the importance of black speculative fiction at June 25 event

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Author Susan Straight featured in Alta Asks Live

Straight joined writer and critic Heather Scott Partington for a live chat about writing, teaching, and calling Riverside home

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Quarantine Reads

Nineteen UCR authors offer their top picks for books to read while sheltering in place

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Renowned mystery writer Walter Mosley to headline UC Riverside’s 43rd annual Writers Week

The 43rd annual Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, is heading to UC Riverside, bringing a diverse array of emerging and established authors to the Inland Empire Feb. 10-14.

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

UC Riverside-led project offers new opportunities to commemorate veterans

Several resources, including a series of documentary vignettes, provides visitors numerous ways to enhance their own Veterans Day celebrations

By Jessica Weber | | University

‘In the Country of Women’ celebrates the ‘love of thousands’

Straight’s new memoir, published Aug. 6, extols the strength and resiliency of six generations of women

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

New movie aims to foster change in a broken system

“I Am Somebody’s Child,” a film based on UCR alumna Regina Louise’s memoir about growing up in foster care, premieres April 20 on Lifetime

By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture