Creative Writer Visits

Creative Writer Visits

All the readings are free and open to the public at the Peter J. Shields Library, second floor, at 7 p.m. The series is presented by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, College of Letters and Science, and co-sponsored by the U.C. Davis Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, Danez Smith

Danez Smith, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, is a self-described “Black, queer, poz writer and performer.” Author of Don’t Call Us Dead and Boy, Smith has won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and McKnight Foundation.

Tommy Orange, writer, UC Davis visiting writers


Tuesday, Nov. 14, Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange’s first novel, There There, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. He has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Writing by Writers Fellow and a Yaddo Fellow. A native of Oakland, California, he is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and earned a MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, Melissa Mack and Eric Sneathen
Melissa Mack and Eric Sneathen are graduates of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program. Mack is author of The Next Crystal Text (2017) and her writing has appeared in the journals ElderlyTry!With+Stand and anthologies Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot and What We Want: A List of Our F****** Demands.
Eric Sneathen’s most recent publication is the chapbook Snail Poems. His writing has been published in Mondo BummerThe Equalizer 2.0 and Gay Annals of Sexuality. He edits the Bay Area literary magazine Macaroni Necklace.

mai der vang, visiting writer, uc davis


Tuesday, Jan. 16, Mai Der Vang
Mai Der Vang’s debut poetry collection, Afterland (2016), was selected by Carolyn Forché as the winner of the Whitman Award, given by the Academy of American Poets. She earned her MFA in poetry from Columbia University where she was awarded the Corrente Poetry Fellowship.