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Lunch Poems: Student Reading

In keeping with its history of showcasing the current landscape of poetry, Lunch Poems showcases the work of UC Berkeley’s students.

Poets taking the podium include winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang. Several students were also nominated to read by UC Berkeley creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and student publications’ representatives.

Watch “Lunch Poems: Student Readings” and it might just inspire you to write some poetry of your own!

See what other poetry programs are available on UCTV or, check out the Writers Series.

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The Literary Imagination with Jonathan Lethem and Kim Stanley Robinson

We may not often think of the role imagination plays in our society and in our everyday lives. Without imagination, would the internet exist? Would Edison have invented the light bulb? Would primitive man have invented the wheel?

Literature is a field where the imagination is encouraged to run freely. Science fiction in particular pushes the imagination to its limits. UC San Diego recently created a center devoted to this creative aspect of our minds, dedicated to the very imaginative author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke.

Watch “The Literary Imagination with Jonathan Lethem and Kim Stanley Robinson” to hear these two science fiction authors discuss the literary imagination in honor of the grand opening of UC San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.

See what other literature programs are available on UCTV.

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Story Hour in the Library with David Shields

David Shields graduated magna cum laude with Honors in English Literature from Brown University and earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. He published his first novel, Heroes, in 1984 and his second, Dead Languages, in 1989.

Shields is best known for his blending of genres, which began with his third book, Handbook for Drowning: A Novel in Stories. His stories such as Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity and Enough About You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography blur the lines of fiction, autobiography, and essay as Shields writes in a style that is suggested to represent the fragmented culture of this modern age.

Join Shields for Story Hour in the UC Berkeley library:

Watch and listen as other authors read their stories aloud in the Story Hour in the Library series.

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Literature’s Next Generation

Want a peek into the future of the lit world? Check out these programs featuring UC Berkeley’s top student poetry and prose prizewinners from 2012. There is hope for the future.

Lunch Poems: Student Reading 2012
One of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.

Story Hour in the Library: Student Reading 2012
This annual student reading featuring short excerpts of work by winners of the year’s biggest prose prizes, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees.

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Remembering Ray Bradbury

Today we remember legendary writer Ray Bradbury, who passed away this week at the age of 91.

A prolific writer who helped elevate the literary reputation of the science fiction genre, Bradbury has also been one of the most popular guests on our “Writer’s Symposium by the Sea” series.

He appeared in 2001 to talk about his craft in “An Evening with Ray Bradbury,”, and sat down with host Dean Nelson for an in-depth and frank conversation about his life and love of writing. Both videos are online and ready for you to enjoy and fondly remember this iconic American writer.
 

 

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