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The Department of English

Writer's Voice

What is Writer's Voice?

Writer’s Voice is California State University, Chico’s literary arts reading series. Funded by contributions from alumni and friends, the Department of English, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Writer’s Voice introduces contemporary writers to citizens of the North Valley. All readings are free and open to the public.

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Fall 2020 Series

Fred Arroyo, Creative Nonfiction

Nonfiction reading from Sown in Earth

Monday, 9 November 2020

5-6 p.m. Pacific

Zoom Meeting ID: 860 8345 4999

Passcode: SOWN


Fred Arroyo

Craft of Writing Discussion

Thursday, 12 November 2020

3-4 p.m. Pacific

Zoom Meeting ID: 817 8740 5025

Passcode: CRAFT


Fred Arroyo

Fred Arroyo is the author of Sown in Earth: Essays of Memory and Belonging (U of Arizona, 2020), as well as the collection Western Avenue and Other Fictions and the novel The Region of Lost Names. His writing has been included in the anthologies Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World. A recipient of an Individual Artist Program Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, Arroyo’s fiction is a part of the Library of Congress series “Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers.” He teaches writing at Middle Tennessee State University. 


Past Events

Select past Writer’s Voice events have been recorded and are available online.

  • List of Previous Speakers

    Fall 2019

    • Juan Alvarado Valdivia
    • Peg Alford Pursell
    • Nancy Au
    • Ingrid Keriotis

    Spring 2019

    • Jamel Brinkley - Fiction
    • Mai Der Vang - Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Poetry
    • Rob Davidson - Fiction
    • Jose Antonio Rodriguez - Poetry & Creative Nonfiction

    Fall 2018

    • Michelle Tea - Poetry
    • Lynn Freed - Nonfiction

    Spring 2018

    • Sasha Pimentel - Poetry
    • Beth Spencer - Poetry
    • Ryan Van Meter - Nonfiction
    • Luke Davies - Poetry/Fiction

    Fall 2017

    • Graduate Student Reading - Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
    • Naomi Williams - Fiction
    • Mary Troy - Fiction
    • Rob Davidson - Fiction

    Spring 2017

    • Neal Snidow - Fiction

    Fall 2016

    • Graduate Student Reading - Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
    • Martha Collins - Poetry

    Spring 2016

    • Louis B. Jones - Fiction
    • Sean Hill - Poetry

    Fall 2015

    • Christian Kiefer - Fiction
    • George Keithley - Fiction

    Spring 2015

    • Carole Simmons Oles - Poetry 
    • Chris Cokinos - Creative Nonfiction
    • Dimitri Keriotis - Fiction
    • Gary Thompson - Poetry and Fiction
    • Matthew Frank - Creative Nonfiction
    • Steve Gutierrez - Poetry and Fiction

    Fall 2014

    • Joan Frank - Fiction & Nonfiction
    • Wendy C. Ortiz - Memoir
    • Doug Rice - Fiction & Nonfiction

    Spring 2014

    • Joanne Harris Allred - Poetry
    • Dr. Daryl Farmer - Nonfiction
    • Brian Turner - Poetry & Memoir

    Fall 2013

    • Brenda Hillman - Poetry
    • Jon Raymond - Fiction
    • Peggy Shumaker - Poetry

    Spring 2013

    • Martha Collins - Poetry
    • Henry Hughes - Poetry
    • Patricia Ann McNair - Fiction

    Fall 2012

    • Fred Arroyo - Fiction
    • Nick Flynn - Poetry & Memoir
    • Rae Gouirand - Poetry
    • Andrew Lam - Fiction
    • Martin Puchner

    Spring 2012

    • Camille T. Dungy - Poetry
    • Steven Edwards - Nonfiction
    • Troy Jollimore - Poetry

    Fall 2011

    • Jeanne Clark - Poetry

    Spring 2011

    • Laleh Khadivi - Fiction
    • Sally McNall - Poetry
    • Carol Sklenicka - Fiction & Biography
    • Rob Magnuson Smith - Fiction