Arts and Letters Lecture Series

Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today's most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. 

Arts and Letters Series

6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 — Anthony McCann  

Anthony McCann is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book, Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff, as well as the poetry collections Thing MusicI Heart Your Fate and Moongarden. He teaches creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts and at UCR Palm Desert. 

Arts and Letters Series

6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 — Alex Espinoza         

Alex Espinoza is the author of novels Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego Léon, and the recent nonfiction book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. A recipient of the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he is now the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UCR. 

Francesca Lia Block

6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 — Susan Straight        

Susan Straight, author of eight novels, was a National Book Award finalist for the book Highwire Moon. Her latest is the memoir, In the Country of Women. A creative writing professor at UCR, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Reader's Digest, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, The Nation, and other magazines. 

Arts and Letters Series

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — Maggie Downs        

Maggie Downs is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother's) Life. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Palm Springs Life, as well as Lonely Planet's True Stories From the World's Best Writers and Best Women's Travel Writing

Matthew Zapruder

6 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020 — Matthew Zapruder        

A Guggenheim Fellow, Matthew Zapruder has published five collections of poetry and is the author of the nonfiction book, Why Poetry. He is also editor at large at Wave Books, and from 2016-7 held the annually rotating position of editor of the poetry column for the New York Times Magazine. His forthcoming poetry collection is Father's Day