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Writers From The Edge: Humanities & Communication

This annual series provides the campus with an opportunity to hear some of the best young contemporary authors, known and emerging, in the United States. These authors bring important perspectives on key concerns and issues confronting our nation and the world. The subject matter — migration, ethnic histories, transnational histories, and sexual identity, among other concerns—are relevant and important for our students and community, they also align with our curriculum.

These events support and further the CSUMB Founding Vision’s “commitment to multilingual, multicultural, gender-equitable learning.” They likewise serve in bringing positive and informed attention to the complex cultural differences that students bring to our campus and in the fostering of the University as a welcoming community that engages diversity in the service of student learning.

2019-20 Events:

HCOM's Writers from the Edge Welcomes Erika T. Wurth

Join us in celebration of Native American Heritage Month as we welcome Native author Erika T. Wurth, who will be reading and discussing her work. Light refreshments will be served, we hope to see you there!

November 14, 2019


Student Center
Room West Lounge

Student Center-West Lounge

Free-All are welcome!

2018-19 Events:

HCOM's Writers from the Edge Presents: 2nd Annual Latinx Poetix Symposium

The Second Annual Latinx Poetix Symposium Brings 10 Latinx Poets Together in Monterey for National Poetry Month. The Symposium is part of CAHSS' School of Humanities & Communication's Writers from the Edge Series.

April 11, 2019


Alumni & Visitors Center
Room Main Room (see below for all locations!)

Time and Locations Vary-Please see full details below!

Free-All are welcome!

The Latinx Poetix Symposium is part of CSUMB’s Writers from the Edge Reading Series that features poets who speak to the Latinx experience in the United States. The symposium is a two day event that begins at CSUMB’s main campus on Thursday night, heads to the CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture, and finishes with a grand finale reading at Old Capitol Books in downtown Monterey. This year’s symposium features a mixture of nationally recognized Latinx poets, editors and scholars in addition to outstanding local and emerging Latinx voices.

Blas Falconer
Poet and Editor Blas Falconer

Main Campus Reading, CSUMB Thursday, April 11@ 6 p.m. Alumni & Visitor’s Center Features the award winning poet, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, poetry editor Blas Falconer, local spoken word artist LaSofaQueen, Poet Manuel Paul Lopez, and recent CSUMB graduate Shirley Ramos.

Panel Discussion “The Latinx Voice in Modern American Poetry” Friday, April 12@ 10 a.m. CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Manuel Paul Lopez, and Círculo de Poetas and Writers moderated by Nathan X Osorio and Rachelle Escamilla.

Free Public Writing Workshops & Open Mic by Círculo de Poetas and Writers Friday, April 12 @ 11 a.m. to Noon CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture Círculo de Poetas and Writers is a community of bilingual multicultural authors dedicated to the creation, promotion and dissemination of Latinx poetry and prose through workshops, publications, and public presentations in California. Featured poets are Adela Najarro, Javier O. Huerta, Yaccaira Salvatierra and Norma Liliana Valdez.

Grande Finale Latinx Poetry Reading Friday, April 12 @ 7 p.m. Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey Featuring all of the participating Latinx Poets.

2018-19 Series Kick Off with Gary Soto

Gary Soto with student
Gary Soto with CSUMB Students

Photo credit for all: @poetita

Gary Soto discusses book

The School of Humanities and Communication welcomed author Gary Soto to the first event of 2018-19.

Before Gary Soto’s poem, Oranges, I did not know that there were such things as Chicano writers. I did not know that there were writers whose hands also picked fruits and vegetables, whose families struggled to eat, whose minds struggled to think because their bodies toiled to live. Before Gary Soto’s name, I thought the written world was only for bodies that did not look like mine, that the pen belonged to someone else. My students ask over and over, “why do we not know enough about our own struggles?” and the only answer I can ever give is that there are not enough of us writing our worlds, in multi-lingual, multi-faceted language.
~Rachelle Escamilla, from her moving introduction of Gary Soto

About the author (as taken from Gary Soto has published more than 40 books for children, young adults and adults, including Baseball in April, Living Up the Street, A Summer Life, Buried Onions and The Afterlife. He is the author of "Oranges," the most anthologized poem in contemporary literature.

He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (twice). His New and Selected Poems was a 1995 finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1999, he was featured as NBC Person of the Week for his advocacy for reading and his books have sold four million copies nationwide as well as translated into French, Japanese, Italian, Korean, and Spanish.

The Gary Soto Literary Museum is located at Fresno City College. He resides in Berkeley, California.

Past Presenters Include:

  • Latinx Poetry Symposium: Vickie Vertiz, Raquel Salas Rivera, Farid Matuk, Erick Saenz, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Spring 2018
  • Beth Piatote, Spring 2018
  • Ronaldo Wilson and Aya de Leon, Spring 2017
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, Spring 2017
  • Evelina Galang, Spring 2016
  • Keenan Norris and Lysley Tenorio,
    Spring 2014
A collage of previous Writers from the Edge Speakers Posters

Organized by our School of Humanities and Communication, this annual event has been funded each year since 1997 by the campus’ special events funding pool, coupled with contributions of staff and faculty time, talent and funds from campus departments.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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