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 2022 Series

A Meeting in the Forest

Visiting Speaker: Author Jean Hegland with graphic novel artist Lomig

Tuesday, September 13 | 4-5:30 pm | PAC 134

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Come immerse yourself in a forest of graphic and literary art! Watch projections of trees growing and characters coming into being beneath the pencil of award-winning French graphic novel artist Lomig as he creates original drawings inspired by his graphic novel adaptation of Jean Hegland's best-selling novel "Into the Forest."  

Lomig and Jean will begin with a brief discussion of graphic novels and Lomig's creative process as he adapted Jean's story. Then, as Jean reads aloud from her novel, Lomig will illustrate her reading live on-screen, starting with a blank piece of paper and ending with evocative and fully-realized pieces of art. This unusual event will offer audience members an hour of inspiration and meditation, as well as an invitation to consider diverse ways of storytelling, and how visual art and literature interact with and enhance each other. 

Anna B. Moore, Fiction

Alondra Adame, Poetry & Creative Nonfiction

Tuesday, September 27 | 7:30 p.m. | ARTS 150 Recital Hall

anna mooreAnna B. Moore

For the last two decades, Anna B. Moore has been publishing creative nonfiction, essays, and short fiction in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including American Scholar, Smokelong Quarterly, and Hippocampus. This year, she had creative nonfiction nominated for Best of the Net; other work is forthcoming in The Offing and Identity Theory. Her first novel will be published by Unsolicited Press in 2024. Read more of her work—and understand that she is still working on an author photo—at

alondra adameAlondra Adame

Alondra Adame is a queer Xicanx poet, essayist, and educator. Their work articulates their experience as a first-generation child of Mexican immigrants raised in rural Northern California and imagines possibilities for the future, including their Pushcart Prize-nominated poem "La Santa Muerte Floats Between Bones and Flowers in Saturn's Rings". You can find their work in Alebrijes Review, The Nasiona, PALABRITAS, Pleiades, Lost Balloon, and elsewhere. Find out more about them and their work on Twitter @alondrathepoet.

Rae Gouirand, Poetry

Sarah Pape, Creative Nonfiction

Thursday, November 10 | 7:30 p.m. | PAC 134

rae gouirandRea Gouirand

Rae Gouirand is the author of two collections of poetry, Glass is Glass Water is Water (Spork Press, 2018) and Open Winter (winner of the Bellday Prize, Bellday Books, 2011), the chapbooks Little Hour (winner of the Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest, Swan Scythe Press, 2022), Jinx (winner of the Summer Kitchen Competition, Seven Kitchens Press, 2019) and Must Apple (winner of the Oro Fino Competition, Educe Press, 2018), and a short work of nonfiction, The History of Art (winner of the Open Reading Competition, The Atlas Review, 2019). She leads several long running independent workshops in northern California and online, including the cross-genre workshop Scribe Lab, and lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis.

sarah papeSarah Pape

Sarah Pape teaches English and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review at Chico State. Her poetry and prose has recently been published or is forthcoming in: The New York Times, New England Review, Passages North, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, The Pinch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Her chapbook, Ruination Atlas, was published by dancing girl press. She curates community literary programming at the 1078 Gallery and is a member of the Community of Writers. Check out her website for more:

Graduate Student Reading

Monday, December 5th | 7:30 p.m.

PAC 134 | Rowland Taylor


Poetry & Fiction

Lily Anderson, Zachary Bennett, Jennifer Carter, Krystle Holzhauer, Brooke Kenney, Jonah Lindsey, Cody Roberts, Tim Wall

Free & open to the public.

The Writer’s Voice is California State University, Chico’s literary arts reading series. Funded by contributions from the Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Writer’s Voice introduces contemporary writers to citizens of the North Valley.

For more information about this reading, contact Jeanne Clark at

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Past Events

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

  • List of Previous Speakers

    Spring 2022

    • Nicole Stellon O'Donnell - Poetry

    Fall 2021

    • Tom Lin - Fiction

    Spring 2021

    • Lia Purpura

    Fall 2020

    • Fred Arroyo

    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