Please join us this afternoon as students in the University of California, Riverside Master of Fine Arts writing program will read from their work. Readers include: Isabela Agosa, Katy Gurin, Ayize Jama-Everett, Marcos Damián León, Alicia Mosley, Joe Satran, Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, Kate Weinberg, and faculty readers Allison Benis White and Tom Lutz.

Isabela Agosa is a Michigan native and currently finishing her MFA in Poetry at UC Riverside. She received her B.A in English from Kalamazoo College. She misses Lake Michigan.

Katy Gurin earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University in 2011. She has worked as an engineer on projects throughout California, including the restoration of Wishon Quarry, the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, and the removal of San Clemente Dam. Several of Katy's poems appear in Narrative Magazine, and her field guide to common birds of the Mojave Desert can be found at UC Riverside's Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center. She is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at UC Riverside. She is the co-founder of the climate activist group 350 Riverside.  

Ayize Jama-Everett writes problematic books.  All his characters have failed elocution classes and are always on the wrong side of something. His plots start halfway through the end of the story, usually.  Ayize's problematic books are speculative, racial, Subaltern, radical, and often times quite funny. Just like him.

Marcos Damián León is a Pushcart-nominated writer from the Salinas Valley. His work has appeared in the Acentos Review & under the gum tree. He is currently working on a Y.A novel about a group of high schoolers confronting community, violence, & adulthood.

Alicia Mosley is a fiction writer and poet living in Riverside, California. She is a recipient of the Third Year Graduate Fellowship and is an MFA candidate at UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Sun Magazine and Los Angeles Review of Books. She is currently working on her first novel.

Joe Satran is a TV writer living in Los Angeles, now finishing his MFA in screenwriting at UC Riverside. He previously worked as a reporter at The Huffington Post, covering food, entertainment, and medicine. He was an English major at Yale. 

Jasmine Elizabeth Smith is an emerging poet from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is currently completing her MFA in Poetry at the University of California in Riverside where she explores the migration of African Americans in various historical contexts and eras. Outside of the MFA, she teaches middle school creative writing and Language Arts at Highland Academy Charter School.

Kate Weinberg was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and was duly formed by the likes of Chicago, IL and Brooklyn, NY. She has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, has worked as a freelance writer, illustrator, improviser, herbalist and sex-educator for the past several years and is currently training to become a birth doula. She is enamored of large, furry dogs, Maine coon cats, and delightedly perplexed by the Russian Borzoi.

Faculty readers:

Allison Benis White is the author of four collections of poetry: The Wendys, forthcoming in 2020, Please Bury Me in This, winner of the Rilke Prize, Small Porcelain Head, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Levis Prize, and Self-Portrait with Crayon, which received the CSU Poetry Center Book Prize.

Tom Lutz is the author of many nonfiction books, including And the Monkey Learned Nothing and the American Book Award-winning Doing Nothing. He is the founding editor and publisher of Los Angeles Review of Books. His novel, Born Slippy, will be published by Repeater/Penguin Random House in January.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027