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Jill Alexander Essbaum Is A Star

...or at least she's getting Starred Reviews for her debut novel Hausfrau, this time from Publishers Weekly: Over a century after the publication of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, poet Essbaum proves in her debut novel that there is still plenty of psychic territory to cover in the story of “a good wife, mostly.” But now, more than ever, it is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15-07:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Jill Alexander Essbaum Is A Star

Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Alum-turned-playwriting professor Mickey Birnbaum's play "Backyard" was a big critical and audience hit in 2014...and now he has the end-year-plaudits to show for it, including a Sage Award and being named the Best of 2014 by KCRW: The Echo also produced Mickey Birnbaum's Backyard a play that carried the tropes of amateur wrestling to allegorical heights. Led by actor Hugo [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:15-07:00 January 7th, 2015|Categories: Alumni News, Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Accolades for Mickey Birnbaum

Gina Frangello’s Year In Reading

Fiction & nonfiction professor Gina Frangello takes a look back on her year in reading in the latest edition of The Millions: “There are two kinds of decay: mine and everyone else’s.” This line occurs near the end of Sarah Manguso’sdeceptively slim tour de force on illness, mortality, and metaphor, The Two Kinds of Decay, and speaks to the book’s high [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Gina Frangello’s Year In Reading

David Ulin Picks The Year’s Best

Nonfiction professor (and book critic for the Los Angeles Times) David Ulin selected his 10 favorite books of 2014 and also took a look back at the year that was in literature: What was the upshot of my year in reading — the ideas, the through lines that most stirred or provoked me in 2014? The dominant thread was what we [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on David Ulin Picks The Year’s Best

Anthony McCann’s THING MUSIC Selected As Best Of The Year

The Philadelphia Review of Books selected poetry professor Anthony McCann's most recent collection, Thing Music, one of 2014 best books of poetry.  There's an excellent piece by Anthony up now at the Poetry Society, "Mouth Guitar": These small gruntings I make while trying to get comfortable— they churn in the dust like more dust. But the pillows are finally stacked correctly [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 December 20th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Anthony McCann’s THING MUSIC Selected As Best Of The Year

Faculty News: Rob Roberge Signs Major Deal For LIAR

Congratulations to professor Rob Roberge, who has sold his memoir Liar to Crown in a major deal. Rob is the author of four previous books, all fiction -- the novels Drive, More Than They Could Chew, and The Cost of Living and the story collection Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life. Liar is Rob's first book of nonfiction. Here's Rob reading [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 July 10th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Rob Roberge Signs Major Deal For LIAR

Faculty News: Charles Evered’s New Play To Premier in London

Congratulations to playwriting professor Charles Evered, whose latest play, "Knock Knock," launches next week in London. Here's a recent article from UCR Today all about the play and the man... RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Imagine that a comment on social media critical of the president elicits a visit from the Secret Service. Imagine that aggressive questioning escalates into tragedy. University of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 May 26th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Charles Evered’s New Play To Premier in London

Faculty News: Stephen Graham Jones On Finding The Right Title

Stephen Graham Jones knows a thing or two about titles...he's published something like 1000 books. In this essay about his novel The Least of My Scars, he breaks down just how he ended up with this particular title: All my The Least of My Scars drafts and notes have, until a few months ago, been in a directory called “doors.” All the early [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:18-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Stephen Graham Jones On Finding The Right Title

Faculty News: Tod Goldberg On Coyotes, Fear, And The Living Desert

A new essay on the perils of desert living from program director Tod Goldberg in The Rumpus:   The coyotes are out. Three nights in a row they’ve come. You can hear them approaching. From a distance, they sound like a pack of screaming, laughing, crying children, but the closer they get, the more you realize that, no, children don’t sound [...]

By | 2014-04-25T05:13:38-07:00 April 25th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Tod Goldberg On Coyotes, Fear, And The Living Desert