Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / 7:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater
This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence is internationally renowned poet Yusef Komunyakaa. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry, including Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems(1994), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa's other works include Warhorses (2008); Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1 (2006); Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (2001); Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000); and Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent collections of poetry include The Chameleon Couch (2011), Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (2013), and Emperor of Water Clocks (2015). He is the author of Gilgamesh: A Verse Play(2006), and, in collaboration with composer T.J. Anderson, the opera libretto Slip Knot.
Mary Karr (The Liars’ Club, The Art of Memoir)Wednesday, February 10 / 7:00 PMUCSB Corwin PavilionFREE
This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence is best-selling memoirist, poet and essayist Mary Karr. Her most recent publication, The Art of Memoir, features excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers' experiences. The Art of Memoir breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir and expands our concepts of memory and identity, illuminating the cathartic power of reflecting on the past.
Lydia Davis (translator of Swann’s Way and author of Can’t and Won’t)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / 7:00 PM
UCSB Corwin Pavilion
This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence will be Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis. Davis will read from her latest collection of stories, Can't and...
Gary Shteyngart (author, Super Sad True Love Story, Little Failure)
Thursday, April 10 / 8:00 PM
Campbell Hall, UCSB
UC Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome Gary Shteyngart as the inaugural Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence. He will read selections from latest book, Little Failure: A...