Next Creative Writing Program Series Features UC Davis Faculty

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Maceo Montoya

Oct. 25, 2016 UC Davis faculty members Maceo Montoya and Jacinda Townsend are featured in the Nov. 1 UC Davis Creative Writing Program Reading Series. The free event will take place at 7 p.m. in Peter J. Shields Library.

Montoya is a writer, artist and assistant professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Townsend is a new creative writing assistant professor in the English department. 

Montoya’s first novel, “The Scoundrel and the Optimist,” was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for Best First Book. His novel “The Deportation of Wopper Barraza” and “Letters to the Poet from His Brother,” a book combining images, prose poems and essays, both came out in 2014. 

He will read from his 2015 book “You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories.” In the title story, a bookish half-Mexican doctoral student returns to his hometown of Woodland, California, and tries to reconnect with the girl he worshipped in high school. But in order to date her, he must first fight her three brothers. 

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Jacina Townsend

Townsend is author of the 2014 novel “Saint Monkey,” which won widespread acclaim. The book follows the lives of two African-American women from rural Kentucky in the 1950s. It explores their thorny friendship over many years as one goes to New York to pursue her musical dreams while the other remains behind. A native of Kentucky, Townsend was previously a broadcast journalist and attorney. She will read from her new novel “Kif.” Townsend calls it a “a novel in diptych” told in the voices of an American woman who ‘adopts’ a Moroccan girl and the girl’s mother, an escaped slave from Mauritanian. 

Readings are held in the Library Instruction Room (Room 205) on the second floor of the library. The room can be reached by taking the main stairs to the second floor and going through the double glass doors on the left. The library is at Hutchison Drive and West Quad and the entrance is on the west side. Campus Map.  

- Jeffrey Day, content strategist in the College of Letters and Science. jaaday@ucdavis.edu