1993 - Pati Navalta Poblete

April 02, 2018

Pati Navalta Poblete (B.A., English, 1993) recently published A Better Place, about the violent death of her 23-year-old son and the transformation it brought about in her life. Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, who worked at several area newspapers and was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also author of The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America.


1965 - Diane (De Maria) Mengali

April 02, 2018

Diane (De Maria) Mengali (B.A. English ’65) recently published The Quicksand of Agoraphobia: A Memoir of Panic Disorder. A resident of Davis, she was co-owner of Mengali’s Florist.


Creative Writing Student Wins PEN Award

February 28, 2018
UC Davis Creative Writing graduate student Cristina Fries is one of the 12 winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. It is given by PEN American, an organization that offers a wide range of support to writers.

Dean Elizabeth Spiller

A professor of English, Dean Elizabeth Spiller came to UC Davis from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech; prior to this, she served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State.

1972 - Ken White

February 07, 2018
Ken White (B.A., history and English '72, Cred. '73) has two new books out, with more on the way. 12 Days of Central Valley Christmas, the second of a trilogy of children's Christmas books, and Touchstones: Life and Times of Modesto, a nonfiction book about White's hometown, were both published in 2017. Twas the Night Before Christmas … in Modesto will be released in November 2018. White is also writing Beautiful Day, set at UC Davis in 1969 and a sequel to his first novel, Getaway Day. Follow him on Facebook. Listen to a Feb. 7 interview with White on Capitol Public Radio's “Insight with Beth Ruyak" about his play, Migrant Mother.

Taking the Quick Route to a Double Major

When it came to choosing a major, the possibilities were wide open for Avery Hom. Avery grew up near Seattle and entered UC Davis as a freshman with junior-level status thanks to Washington’s Running Start program. Instead of finishing out his junior and senior years in high school, Avery attended community college through the program while also earning credit towards his high school graduation. 

Creative Writing Grads Back to Back Winners

October 17, 2017
Graduates of the UC Davis English department’s creative writing program have scored back-to-back wins of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Winners have a short story collection published by the University of Georgia Press.

UC Davis Visiting Writers Tap into Their Heritage

September 22, 2017
The 2017–2018 Creative Writers series at UC Davis will showcase writers exploring their Native American, African American, Sri Lankan and Hmong heritage as well as LGBTQ and feminist issues.

Creative Writing Faculty Hit the Deck for Reading

September 01, 2017
For the 11th year, faculty in the Creative Writing Program at UC Davis will open the academic year with a reading in the UC Davis Arboretum. The event on the Wyatt Deck takes place Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
English Grad is Pen America Award Winner Kathleen Holder June 17, 2017
Angela Morales (English, ’91) has won a Pen America Literary Award for her book of essays The Girls in My Town. The autobiographical essays are about growing up in Los Angeles.