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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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Spring 2021 Series

Lia Purpura, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

Reading from  All the Fierce Tethers (essays) and It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful (poems)

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

3:00-4:00 p.m. Pacific

Zoom Meeting ID and Link: 882 2896 3668, https://csuchico.zoom.us/j/88228963668?pwd=UkEvSzlWVUpOdDNzR1AwWlRyQjFPQT09

Passcode: Purpura


Lia Purpura, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

Craft of Writing Talk: "The Ecology of Attention"

Thursday, 15 April 2021

3:00-4:00 p.m. Pacific

Zoom Meeting ID and Link: 835 8154 4591, https://csuchico.zoom.us/j/83581544591?pwd=N0VPV0NjQ1BXOElQS0pESEdVTnIrQT09

Passcode: Purpura


Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura is the author of nine collections of essays, poems, and translations.  A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books), her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and others.  Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Agni, Emergence, and elsewhere.  She lives in Baltimore, MD, where she is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She has taught in the Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program, at Breadloaf Writers Conference, The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction MFA program and at conference, workshops, and graduate programs throughout the country.  Her newest collection of poems is It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin) and her latest collection of essays is All the Fierce Tethers (Sarabande Books).


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