New Writing Series Features Fiction Writer, Native American Poet and UC San Diego faculty

UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming readings from Brian Evenson, Lily Hoang, Meliza Bañales and Layli Long Soldier. The events are free and open to the public!

Brian Evenson — Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 p.m.
Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection “A Collapse of Horses” and the novella “The Warren.” He has also recently published “Windeye” and “Immobility,” both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel “Last Days” won the ALA-RUSA award. His novel “The Open Curtain” was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Persian, Slovenian and Turkish. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts. 

Lily Hoang & Meliza Bañales — Wednesday, April 25, 2018 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 p.m.
Lily Hoang is the author of five books of prose, including “Changing” (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award) and “A Bestiary” (winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Non-Fiction Book Prize). With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology “The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde.” In Summer 2017, she was a Mellon Scholar in Residence at Rhodes University in South Africa. Hoang teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego.

Meliza Bañales was the first Chicana/Latina on the west coast to win a poetry slam championship in 2002, has toured with Sister Spit and Body Heat, and gained national recognition for her appearances on NPR and The Lesbian Podcast.  Her short film with J Aguilar entitled “Getting Off” won the Jury Award at the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival in 2011. She is a community builder with the Los Angeles Femmes of Color Collective and Con Fuerza, a radical, Xicana Feminist collective in the heart of East LA.

Layli Long Soldier — Wednesday, May 9, 2018 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 p.m. 
Layli Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in “The American Poet,” “The American Reader” and “The Kenyon Review Online.” She is the recipient of the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her newest collection of poems “WHEREAS”  introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature. Long Soldier lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For more information about the writing series, please contact Professor Brandon Som at or (858) 534-3143.