Celebrating Two Communities:
Fifty Years of Writing Collaboration between UC Irvine’s MFA Program and the Community of Writers
Join alums and staff of both the UC Irvine creative writing fiction and poetry program and the Community of Writers for a joyful reunion commemorating parallel success stories over five decades. This spring 2020 event includes archival photographs, special guests, and addresses from outstanding alumni of both programs to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the co-founding of these two landmark California institutions: the Community of Writers summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley, and the UC Irvine MFA writing program.
Featuring a keynote by poet, novelist and memoirist, Elizabeth Rosner, and a closing talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon — featuring comments about the late UCI MFA founder and CoW workshop co-founder Professor Oakley Hall (Warlock, The Corpus of Joe Bailey).
The early evening event on the UC Irvine campus — open to the public — also feature tributes by several other notable poets and writers –who’ve been both participants at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and who also earned their MFAs at UCI including Lisa Alvarez, Meriwether Clarke, Lorene Delany-Ullman, Alex Espinoza, Glen David Gold, Rhoda Huffey, Louis B. Jones, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Michelle Latiolais, Kem Nunn, Robin Page, and Andrew Tonkovich,. Free (reservation required). Refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.
5:30 pm Doors Open for check-in, reception and hors d’oeuvres
6:00 pm Presentation begins