Opening Night 2017

For the 11th year, faculty in English Department's Creative Writing Program open the academic year by reading in the UC Davis Arboretum. 

Please join us on the Wyatt Deck on October 4 at 7 p.m. 

This event is free and open to the public. Thank you to event co-sponsor the UC Davis Arboretum.

Reading this year are English faculty members Joshua Clover, Greg Glazner, Pam Houston, Jacinda Townsend and Joe Wenderoth.

--Joshua Clover is author of three books of poetry, the most recent Red Epic (2015). His work has been published in the Best American Poetry and Best Music Writing anthologies. Clover received the Walt Whitman Award for First Book of Poetry from the Academy of American Poets and twice won the Pushcart Prize for Poetry. He has written three books of cultural theory, The Matrix, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About and Riot.Strike.Riot: the New Era of Uprisings.

--Greg Glazner’s books of poetry are From the Iron Chair and Singularity. He has won The Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, The Walt Whitman Award and an NEA Fellowship. His poems have appeared in PloughsharesNew England ReviewPoetry International and Poetry.

--Pam Houston is the author of two books of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and the novels Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound. Her stories have been published in the Best American Short Stories and have won O. Henry Awards and The Pushcart Prize. Her story “The Best Girlfriend You Never Had” was selected by John Updike for the Best American Short Stories of the Century. 

--Jacinda Townsend is author of the 2014 novel Saint Monkey. Her forthcoming novel Kif is told in the voices of an American woman who "adopts" a Moroccan girl and the girl’s mother, an escaped slave from Mauritanian. She is winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. 

--Joe Wenderoth’s writing includes the poetry collections DisfortuneIt Is If I SpeakNo Real Light and If I Don't Breathe How Do I Sleep as well as the essay collection Letters To Wendy’s. His work has been published in Best American PoetryBest American EssaysThe Best American Prose Poems: From Poe To PresentThe New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology and American Poetry: Next Generation.