Writers at Sonoma Fall 2015 Season

SSU’s annual literary reading series, Writers at Sonoma brings nationally and internationally known writers to campus and the larger community.  All readings are free and open to the public.

Writers at Sonoma Present

Discussion with Ishmael Reed Poet, Novelist, Essayist

1:30-2:30 pm  Tuesday, October 27
Schulz 3001, at the University Library
Free and Open to the Public

Ishmael Reed, author of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including Mumbo Jumbo, Airing Dirty Laundry, Flight to Canada, Writin’ is Fightin’, and, most recently, The Complete Muhammad Ali, is a legendary Bay Area writer whose works are widely known for their withering satire and frank, no-holds-barred social critique. Mr. Reed taught at the University of California, Berkeley for 35 years and has written on subjects ranging from the representation of race in America to the pleasures of walking in Oakland. Noting the brilliant, postmodern, genre-bending prose of Mumbo Jumbo, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. notes that “From its title on, Mumbo Jumbo serves as a critique of black and Western literary forms and conventions, and of the complex relationships between the two.” Mr. Reed is the recipient of many honors, including a MacArthur Genius Grant. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award.

Readings with Fiction Writer Jason Ockert

7:30 pm  Thursday, October 29, 2015
Schulz 3001, at the University Library
Free and Open to the Public

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, a novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story, and McSweeney’s. He teaches writing at Coastal Carolina University.


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Writers at Sonoma is supported by the Nadenia Newkirk Writers Foundation, Instructionally Related Activities, Zaum and Volt literary magazines, and the Department of English.

For further information about the series, contact Gillian Conoley, 707-664-3919.