44th UCR Writers Week 2021: Craig Santos Perez, Brandy Nālani McDougall   

02/19/2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm PST

Writers Week 2021: Craig Santos Perez, Brandy Nālani McDougall   

Writers Week 2021
Friday, Feb 19: Session 2 – 3:00 PST

Craig Santos Perez 
Brandy Nālani McDougall

UCR Department of Creative Writing

44th Annual Writers Week Festival 2021

Allison Hedge CokeWriters Week director
Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. writersweek.ucr.edu

Allison Hedge Coke
Director Writers Week
Distinguished Professor

Publisher of the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) 
& UCR Creative Writing Department Chair
Tom Lutz, Distinguished Professor  

February 13 and 16-20, 2021
ONLINE. Free and open to the public. Register here 

Rita Dove, Joy Harjo and Juan Felipe Herrera

2021 LA Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing 
Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees, US Poet Laureates

Mike Davis – D. Charles Whitney Reader 
Karen Tei Yamashita – Stephen Minot Lecture

44th UCR Writers Week Featured Writers 
Millicent Borges Accardi • Kazim Ali • Francisco Aragón • Joseph Cassara • Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle • Camille T. Dungy • Carolyn Dunn • Steve Erickson • Kelli Jo Ford • Reyna Grande • Stephanie Elizondo Griest • Nalo Hopkinson • LeAnne Howe • John Jennings • Stephen Graham Jones • Laila Lalami • Brandy Nālani McDougall • Shin Yu Pai • Craig Santos Perez • Tommy Pico • Elizabeth Powell • Kamala Puligandla • Alison C. Rollins • Jane Smiley • Michael Torres • Melissa Valentine • Allison Benis White


Friday, Feb 19: 
Session 2 – 3:00 PST

Craig Santos Perez 
Editor, Essayist, Poet
New Oceania Literary Series Editor
Habitat Threshold (Omnidawn Publishing, 2020)

Brandy Nālani McDougall 
Editor, Critical Essayist, Poet
Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature
(University of Arizona Press, 2016) 
The Salt Wind (Kuleana 'Ōiwi Press) 
Brandy Nālani McDougall, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa 



Craig Santos Perez 
Craig is a Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry, and Pacific literature. He is affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program. He served as Chair of the Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander Board in the Office of General Education (2017-2020), and as the Director of the Creative Program (2014-2016 and 2019-2020). He earned a B.A. from the University of Redlands (2002), an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco (2006), and an MA (2009) and Ph.D. (2015) in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a faculty member for Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA, 2018), Kundiman Writers Retreat (2019), and Mokulēʻia Writers Retreat (2019).

Brandy Nālani McDougall 
Brandy Nālani McDougall (Kanaka ʻŌiwi) is the author of The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Paʻakai(2008) and Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature (2016) as well as the editor of several literary anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the UH Mānoa.


The 44th Writers Week 2021 is made possible by support from Ken Crocker, African Student Programs,  Middle Eastern Student Center, UCR Department of English, UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, California Center for Native Nations, Pr. Alex Espinoza, Associate Professor, Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and English, Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, UCR ARTS, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, our generous sponsors through #UCRGivingTues, the Ratcliffe Family Creative Writing Endowment Fund and Los Angeles Review of Books.  

Works by Writers Week authors will be available at UCR Campus Barnes & Noble online and at Cellar Door Books in Riverside. 

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44th Annual Writers Week Festival 2021 Events Calendar 


 Friday, February 19 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

 Virtual Event

Contact Information

Allison Hedge Coke