​​​​​Donna Hilbert was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma near the Oklahoma Texas border, but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in Political Science, and from Phillips Graduate Institute, with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her books include Gravity: New & Selected Poems, Tebot Bach, 2018, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, Aortic Books, 2013, The Green Season, World Parade Books, 2009, Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems, PEARL Editions, 2004; Transforming Matter, PEARL 2000; Feathers and Dust, Deep Red, and Mansions, all from Event Horizon Press. In 1994, she won the Staple First Edition writing award resulting in the publication in England of the short story collection, Women who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them. Her Greatest Hits chapbook, which includes her most anthologized poems from 1989-2000, was published by Pudding House. Her work is the subject of the short film Grief Becomes Me, by director Christine Fugate, which was shown as a work-in-progress at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and is included in Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, the documentary about her life and work. She writes and teaches private workshops in Long Beach, California, where she makes her home

​​​​Pete Hsu is a Taiwanese American writer based in Pasadena, CA. He is the author of the experimental chapbook, There is a Man (Tolsun Books). His work has also been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, F(r)iction, The Los Angeles Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He was a 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow as well as the 2017 PEN in the Community Writer in Residence.

Donna Hilbert will be reading poetry on Wednesday, 4/19 at 3 pm in P104. Her most recent book of poems is Threnody.

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Pete Hsu will be reading short fiction on Thursday, 5/18 at 7 pm in P104. His most recent book of short stories is If I were the Ocean, I’d Carry You Home.

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