Writers on Writing: Micah Perks and Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm
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Micah Perks reads from and discusses her memoir Pagan Time (Counterpoint), listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among 2010's best summer reading and by Adirondack Life as required reading. Sarah Ladipo Manyika reads as well. Free.
Humanities Building, Humanities Auditorium
Creative Writing Department
Creative Writing Department
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Micah Perks

At University of California, Santa Cruz, Perks is co-director of the creative writing program and a professor of literature. The Los Angeles Times called Perks’ first novel, We Are Gathered Here (St. Martin’s, 1997), “a tightly woven story that is as fanciful as it is grimly real.” She has published short stories in Zyzzyva, The Massachusetts Review and Epoch, among many others, and her stories have been anthologized in The Encyclopedia Project, Viz Inter Arts, The Best Underground Fiction and others.

Four of her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has been had residencies at the Blue Mountain Center and received a Saltonstall Foundation For The Arts grant. Perkas won a National Endowment for the Arts award in 2008. Recent essays have been published and are forthcoming from The Rumpus and Tin House.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France and England. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and teaches literature at SF State. Her writing includes essays, academic papers, reviews and short stories. Her first novel, In Dependence, is published by Legend Press (London) and Cassava Republic Press (Abuja).

Writers on Writing

The Creative Writing Department opens its Writers on Writing course to the public on Mondays this semester. Taught by Peter Orner, the course features faculty and visiting writers reading from their works and discussing their creative process.