Series Brings Established and Emerging Writers to Campus for Readings

Creative Writing Reading Series - UC Davis

The 2018–19 Creative Writing Reading Series at UC Davis will bring acclaimed, long-established writers along with emerging writers starting in October. The series is organized by the Department of English creative writing program in the College of Letters and Science.

All readings are at 7 p.m. in the Peter J. Shields Library and are free and open to the public.

Julie Carr, visiting writer

Tuesday, Oct. 3 – Julie Carr

Julie Carr is author of seven books of poetry and two of prose, with the most recent Objects from a Borrowed Confession published in 2017. Carr’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Poets on Teaching and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology

Carr is co-director of Counterpath, an independent literary press and a bookstore/gallery/performance space/community garden in Denver, and an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. A professional dancer for a decade, Carr collaborates regularly with dance artist K.J. Holmes.

Tom Pickard, write, visting

Monday, Oct. 22 Tom Pickard

Tom Pickard’s writing has been praised by such wide-ranging voices as Allen Ginsberg and Paul McCartney. He is author of 16 poetry collections and five books of fiction, memoir and oral history.

Pickard grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and left school at 14. In the early 1960s, he founded the Morden Tower Book Room where poets from around the world, including Ginsberg, read. During the 1970s, he wrote and directed a number of award-winning documentaries.

His collection Fiends Fell was on the best poetry of 2017 lists from The Times Literary Supplement and The New York Times.

Olin Unferth, visting writer
Olin Unferth

Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the short story collection Wait Till You See Me Dance, the novel Vacation, the graphic novel I, Parrot and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War.

An associate professor at the University of Texas, she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has received four Pushcart Prizes. Unferth founded the Pen-City Writers, a creative writing program at a maximum security prison in Texas.


Jamel Brinkley, visiting wrier

Thursday, Feb. 7 – Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories and his fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train and American Short Fiction.

He was the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.


Crystal Wilkinson, visiting writer

Thursday, March 7  Crystal Wilkinson 

Crystal Wilkinson’s debut novel, The Birds of Opulence, received the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Her other works include the short-story collections Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street. Wilkinson co-owns the Wild Fig Books & Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky.