Authors & Artist Series


Authors and Artists: Major Guests 2021 - 2022

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Tracy K. Smith, former US Poet Laureate
Thu, Oct 21, 2021 5:00 PM - Zoom Webinar

Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States
Tue, Nov 16, 2021 5:00 PM - Zoom Webinar

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thu, Feb 3, 2022 5:00 PM - Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center

Donald S. Lopez Jr., Buddhism and Science
Wed, Apr 20, 2022 5:00 PM - Humanties Gateway 1030, School of Humanities


ILLUMINARIES UCI FACULTY AUTHORS, curated by Professor Julia Lupton (English)

Jonathan Alexander, Faculty Author (English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies)
STROKE BOOK: The Queer Story of a Blindspot
5-6 p.m. PDT

GLOBAL CONVERSATION SERIES, curated by Professor Daphne Lei (Drama)


  • Jos Charles poet
  • Patience Agbabi poet and performer
  • The Shakespeare Trial with L. Song Richardson (UCI Law) and Erwin Chemerinksy (Berkeley Law)
  • David Henry Hwang playwright
  • Rafael Campo, Poetry of Hope and Healing physician and poet
  • Tang Shu-Wing theater director, Hong Kong
  • Letters from Home multi-media performance & memoir
  • Helen Zia author of “Last Boat from Shanghai”
  • Bruce Sterling futurist and science fiction writer
  • Clarinda Jackson Mac Low, “The Pronouns”
  • Simon Majumdar, “Fed, White and Blue: Finding America with My Fork”
  • Min Jin Lee, “Pachinko”
  • Sarah Stillman, Staff writer for “The New Yorker”
  • Bill McKibben, “The End of Nature”
  • Kevin Young, “Brown: Poems”
  • Natasha Treheway, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, “Native Guard”
  • Grace Talusan, “The Body Papers”
  • Jennine Capo Crucet, “Make Your Home Among Strangers”
  • Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, "Underground Railroad"
  • Ted Chiang, "Arrival"
  • Jill Lepore, "The American Experience - A Lab Report"
  • Alice Sebold '98, "The Lovely Bones", "Lucky"
  • Angie Thomas, "The Hate U Give"


UCI’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture & Inclusion; Chancellor’s Distinguished Speakers Series; UCI Libraries; M.F.A. Programs in Writing; Forum for the Academy and the Public; Center for Critical Korean Studies; Phi Beta Kappa; and Humanities Commons. Other sponsors include the departments of English, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Criminology, Law & Society, and the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication.