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Tales From Two Cities: Writing From California - FORA.tv

Tales From Two Cities: Writing From California - SF


October 4 - 5, 2013

Speakers


  • Faith Adiele Faith Adiele was raised in the Pacific Northwest; educated at Harvard, Iowa, Chiangmai University in Thailand, and University of Nigeria; and teaches nonfiction around the world. She is the author of Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Memoir; writer/narrator/subject of "My Journey Home," a PBS documentary; and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press). After relocating to California four years ago to serve as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, she is now Associate Professor at California College of the Arts.
  • Phil Bronstein Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. Bronstein joined the CIR board in 2006 and became board chair in 2011. He is now in charge of overall operations. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers. Before that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, after serving as the newspaper’s editor from 2000 to 2008. Bronstein was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, he was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco. He is the former chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ International Committee and is currently on the advisory board of Litquake, the annual San Francisco literary festival.
  • Laura Cogan Laura Cogan is the Editor of ZYZZYVA, a San Francisco literary journal publishing since 1985. The journal will publish its 100th issue next Spring.
  • William Deverell William Deverell is chair of the History Department at USC and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California. He is the author of numerous works on the 19th and 20th century American West, including Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past. With David Igler, he edited The Blackwell Companion to California and with Greg Hise, he edited The Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles. He co-curated, also with Greg Hise, the online exhibit “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990.”
  • Frances Dinkelspiel Frances Dinkelspiel is a fifth generation Californian who is fascinated by California’s past and its future. She is the co-founder of Berkeleyside, an online news site, and is the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California. Her freelance journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and People magazine. She is currently working on a book about wine obsession.
  • Jane Ganahl Jane Ganahl is the co-founder of Litquake, a former newspaper columnist who covered the culture of the unmarried, and author of the memoir Naked on the Page: The Misadventures of My Single Midlife.
  • Dana Gioia Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and critic. He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, including Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and three collections of criticism, most notably Can Poetry Matter? (1992), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. A best-selling literary anthologist, Gioia has edited or co-edited over two dozen collections of poetry, fiction, and drama. He has also written two opera libretti and has collaborated with composers in genres ranging from classical to jazz and rock. For six years (2003-2009) he served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he gained strong bipartisan support for the previously imperiled agency and helped launch the largest literary programs in federal history, including The Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, and Shakespeare in American Communities. He was twice unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. For two years he directed the arts and culture programs for the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. He is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California.
  • Anthea Hartig Public historian Anthea M. Hartig came to the California Historical Society in the autumn of 2011 after six years with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she directed the Trust’s Western Office and served the six continental far western states along with Hawai’i, Alaska and the Pacific Island Territories of Guam and Micronesia. Previously Hartig taught history and cultural studies at La Sierra University in Riverside and graduate courses in historic preservation at the University of California, Riverside from where she holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree. She was the tenth in her family to earn her bachelor’s degree at UCLA.

    Hartig’s interest in the relevance of California’s stories and places has come to define her professional and advocational life. She served as a municipal preservation planner for over a decade, and owned a cultural resources consulting firm. She has served on many local, statewide and national history-related non-profit foundations’ boards of directors, including the California Preservation Foundation and is currently on the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Culture. Under Gov. Gray Davis, she served as Chairperson of the State Historical Resources Commission. Anthea writes whenever possible, and has published in both academic and professional journals and books. She is currently working on an essay about homesteading in Los Angeles County to be published by Heyday Press, and still tries her hand at writing down the poems that come floating into her mind.

    In 2011, Hartig was honored with the California Preservationist of the Year Award. This prestigious award was presented in recognition of her outstanding contributions, exceptional achievements, and more than 25 years of service in the field of historic preservation in California.

    Anthea lives with her husband, two sons, and their big dog in San Mateo.
  • Robert L. Hass Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the US from 1995 to 1997 and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. He received the 2014 Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art of poetry by the Academy of American Poets. He is a Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley.
  • Will Hearst

    William R. Hearst III is chairman of the board of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Hearst is a grandson of company founder William Randolph Hearst.

    The company’s major interests include magazine, newspaper and business publishing, cable networks, television and radio broadcasting, digital businesses, TV production and distribution, newspaper features distribution, business information and real estate.

    Hearst has been a director of Hearst Corporation for more than 30 years and is a testamentary trustee under the will of William Randolph Hearst. He is president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and director of The Hearst Foundation, having been actively engaged in the charitable activities and programs of the Hearst Foundations for the last 20 years.

    Hearst is also a partner emeritus at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Prior to joining KPCB in 1995, he served for 10 years as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner, then owned by Hearst Corporation. Hearst began his career with theExaminer in 1972 as a reporter and assistant city editor. He moved on to Outside magazine, but subsequently rejoined Hearst, first at theLos Angeles Herald Examiner and later as vice president of Hearst Cable Communications.

    In addition to the board of directors of Hearst Corporation, Hearst serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Carnegie Institution for Science, University High School, FORA.tv and the San Francisco Film Society. Hearst is a 1972 graduate of Harvard University, holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He has remained active in the field of mathematics with the Mathematical Science Research Institute and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hearst has recently been appointed an associate in mathematics by the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.

  • Ursula Heise Ursula K. Heise is a Professor of English at UCLA and a faculty member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and was President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in 2011. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary environmental culture, literature and art in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan; theories of globalization; literature and science; and the digital humanities. Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur [After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture] (Suhrkamp, 2010). She is currently working on a book entitled Where the Wild Things Used To Be: Narrative, Database, and Endangered Species.
  • Luis Herrera Luis Herrera is the City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he is responsible for the administration of the city’s 28 libraries including a main library and 27 neighborhood branches. Previously, Herrera served as the Director of Information Services for Pasadena Public Library and the Deputy Director of the San Diego and Long Beach Library systems in California. In January 2012, Herrera was named the Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year. Herrera is currently Chair of the Cal Humanities and was recently appointed to serve on the Board of the Digital Public Library of America. Herrera was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
  • Brenda Hillman Brenda Hillman is author of nine books of poetry, and has received numerous awards for her work including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. She holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at Saint Mary’s College.
  • Gary Kamiya Gary Kamiya is author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. He was a co-founder of Salon.com, with David Talbot. He is currently executive editor of San Francisco magazine and writes a weekly history column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Portals of the Past.”
  • Elaine Katzenberger Elaine Katzenberger is the Executive Director and Publisher of City Lights Books, and Program Director for the City Lights Foundation. She has edited many books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and has served on an advisory panel for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her books have received numerous prizes and awards. She is on the Board of Directors of La Pocha Nostra, a performing arts company, and Contraband, a dance theatre company.
  • Ralph Lewin Ralph Lewin is president and CEO of the Cal Humanities. Lewin serves on the Board of Governors of the UC Humanities Research Institute and is an Advisory Board Member of Boom: A Journal of California. Lewin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and another in Germanic literature and languages from the UC Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University. He has studied at Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and taught at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
  • Armistead Maupin Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin's iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture — from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. The next Tales novel, The Days of Anna Madrigal, is to be released January 2014.

    Maupin's 1992 novel, Maybe the Moon, which followed the serio-comic adventures of a dwarf actress working in Hollywood, was named one of the ten best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The Night Listener (2000), a psychological suspense novel inspired by an eerie episode in Maupin's own life, became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.

    In 1997 Maupin received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York. In 2002 he was honored with the Trevor Project's Life Award "for his efforts in saving young lives." Maupin was the first recipient of Litquake's Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco. In 2012 he was awarded Lambda's Pioneer Award which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing.

    He lives with his husband, Christopher Turner, a web developer.
  • Richard Moore Richard O. Moore is an American poet associated with Kenneth Rexroth and the San Francisco Renaissance. His earliest poetry was published in 1946 in the magazine Circle.
  • Peter Richardson Peter Richardson teaches humanities and American Studies at San Francisco State University. His books include “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead” and “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.”
  • Kim Stanley Robinson Kim Stanley Robinson is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling “Mars” trilogy and the critically acclaimed “Forty Signs of Rain,” “The Years of Rice and Salt,” and “2312.” In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. His new novel is "Aurora".
  • Kevin Starr Kevin Starr holds a BA from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and a Master of Library Science from UC Berkeley. He is currently University Professor and Professor of History and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Southern California. His many articles and books, including his Americans and the California Dream series, have won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians, the Presidential Medallion from USC, the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, and the Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
  • David Talbot David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur, and book publisher. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and is author of the bestsellers Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the illustrated pulp history Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America. His newest book is The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government.
  • John Tayman John Tayman is Founder & CEO of Byliner.com.
  • Michelle Tea Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the illustrated "Rent Girl" and the award-winning "Valencia," a collection of poetry, a novel and a YA fantasy series. She is the founder and Artistic Director of RADAR Productions, which oversees the decade-long RADAR Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library, the international Sister Spit literary tours, and the Radar LAB, a free writers' retreat in Mexico. She is Editor at Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights.
  • Karen Tei Yamashita Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of "Tropic of Orange, "Circle K Cycles," and "I Hotel," among other books. She recently received a U.S. Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship, is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the UC Santa Cruz, and currently the co-holder with Bettina Aptheker of the UC Presidential Chair for Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.
  • David L. Ulin David L. Ulin is book critic, and former book editor, of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, Labyrinth, and The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, selected as a best book of 2004 by the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the editor of three anthologies: Another City: Writing from Los Angeles, Cape Cod Noir, and the Library of America's Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a 2002 California Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Black Clock, Boom, Columbia Journalism Review, and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He teaches in the low residency MFA in creative writing program at UC Riverside's Palm Desert Graduate Center and in the Masters of Professional Writing program at USC.
  • Ellen Ullman Ellen Ullman is the author of the cult classic memoir Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents and The Bug: A Novel, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemmingway award for first fiction, both books drawing upon her long experience as a software engineer. Her most recent work is the novel By Blood, a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, which Kirkus Reviews describes as a book that "thematically interweaves fate, identity, obsession, and genetics, a multilayered mystery (in the same way that Dostoevsky was a mystery writer)." Ellen Ullman's essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Harper's, as well as in several "Best Essay" collections.
  • Oscar Villalon Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA, the San Francisco-based literary journal. The former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, his reviews and essays have appeared in Black Clock, The Believer, the Los Angeles Times, VQR, NPR.org, and regularly air on KQED's "The California Report." A board member of the National Book Critics Circle and a long-time juror for the Commonwealth Club's California Book Award, he lives with his wife and their son in San Francisco's Mission District.
  • Tobias Wolff Tobias Wolff’s books include the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army; the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, and four collections of short stories, including In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. His work is translated widely and has received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.
  • Paul Yamazaki Paul Yamazaki has been a bookseller since 1970. He has been the principle buyer at City Lights Booksellers for more than thirty years. Yamazaki has served on the board of directors of several literary and community arts organizations. Among them are the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), Small Press Distribution (SPD) and the Kearney Street Workshop (KSW). Yamazaki was one a member of the jury that selected the 21 writers that were included on the Granta Best Young American Writers 2 that was published in the spring of 2007. Yamazaki participated in The Translation Market, a world literature and translation summit as a panelist as well as being part of a delegation of American booksellers that was invited to attend the Beijing Bookfair. He has also participated at The Oxford Conference of the Book at the University of Mississippi and the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book. Yamazaki is on the jury for the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

    Yamazaki has been asked to work with the following organizations: National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, National Association of State Arts Agencies, Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund, Ford Foundation, Headland Center for the Arts, American Booksellers Association, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, National Book Foundation, Creative Work Fund and many others.

    Yamazaki was a founding member of the Asian American Jazz Festival, that celebrated its 23rd anniversary in 2004. He was also on the initial advisory board of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
  • Matthew Zapruder Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear. Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2016. An Associate Professor in the Saint Mary's College MFA program and English Department, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland.

About this conference


Two free conferences examining the literature of Alta, California, north and south - from immigration to innovation, from the desert to the coast. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, print and digital: It's all part of how California defines itself, going back to the earliest days. Regional distinctions are important, but most essential is the idea of California as a state with a culture and aesthetic all its own. What is our sensibility? How does the literature of California tell us who we are?

About The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West


The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West. Through sponsorship of innovative scholarship and research, ICW draws on the resources of the University of Southern California and The Huntington Library to build an innovative collaboration between a research university and a research library.

For more information, visit: http://usc.edu/icw

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