Ending its season of Lone Mountain Readings with a bang, the University of San Francisco presents two nights of writers who've traveled for the privilege at the Emerging Writers Festival. But "emerging" is misleading: Together the five have already claimed finalist status for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and have won the the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Whiting Writer's Award, and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, among others.
Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang joins Marion James (Minnesota) and essayist/monologuist Elena Passarello (Oregon) on Tuesday night, while novelist Dana Johnson (Los Angeles) and poet Shane McCrae (Iowa) read on Wednesday. Best of all? These are writers of poetry, fiction, and essay -- a cross-genre collection of new leaders in contemporary American writing.
The Emerging Writers Festival starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tue., April 2, and 7:45 p.m. on Wed., April 3, both nights in the Maraschi Room of Fromm Hall on USF's lower campus, 2130 Fulton Street, S.F. Free; call 422-5555 or visit usfca.edu.