Upcoming Visiting Writers:
Louise Mathias and Jeff Griffin
Friday March 7th, 7:00 p.m., Wood Center
Louise Mathias was born in Bedford, England, and grew up in a small village in Suffolk, England, and later, Los Angeles. She was educated at public schools and received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her first book, Lark Apprentice, won the 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Brenda Hillman, and was published in 2004 by New Issues Press. A chapbook, Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, was selected by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook contest, and was published in 2010. Her new book, The Traps, was released in 2013 from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Epoch, Octopus, The Journal, The Offending Adam, Green Mountains Review, Slope, Verse Daily, and many others. She lives in Joshua Tree, California. For a living, she works as a consultant in the federal grants and health policy fields.
Jeff Griffin holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. An associate at Griffin Moss Industries, Inc., he also operates the publishing house Slim Princess Holdings. He is the author of Lost and (University of Iowa Press, 2013), as well as the chapbooks There's Never Been a Day That Didn't Require Knives Like These, 7-9 January (Human 500 2010/11), and I Miss You Very Much, with Stephanie Goehring (Slim Princess Holdings 2011/13). He lives around Nevada and teaches at Western Nevada College.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Friday April 4th, 7:00 p.m., Wood Center
Luis Alberto Urrrea is a prolific and award-winning writer. He is a master of laanguage and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis grew up in San Diego, California. Like so many great writers, Luis got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high school. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted Luis chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. A fanatical hunger for reading pushed him over the edge at the age of 13, "I just had to do what my heroes were doing" he has said.
As a young man Luis served as a relief workler amongst people living in the Tijuana garbage dumps prior to receiving a teaching Fellowship to Harvard University. "The border" has defined his life and colored much of his writing. Regarding this point he once said "the border is simply a metaphor that makes it easier for me to write about the things that separate people all over the world, even when they think there is no fence."