The Creative Writing Department presents the first Spring Visiting Writers Series event featuring readings by acclaimed authors Amina Cain and Amarnath Ravva at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 22 in Hall of Letters 100 on the main Redlands campus.
Cain’s most recent work is Creature (published by Dorothy Project), a haunting collection of short stories whose characters are described by the Los Angeles Times as “People who have narrowly escaped disaster. Shell-shocked and clothed in tatters, they slip away to a quiet place―not to escape the feeling of having survived something extraordinary but to nurture it.” Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Paris Review Daily, n+1, Everyday Genius, and Two Serious Ladies. She is a contributing editor at BOMB and has a novel forthcoming from Farrar Straus and Giroux. Cain lives and works in Los Angeles.
Ravva’s first book, American Canyon (Kaya Press), was a finalist for the PEN Center USA literary award in creative nonfiction in 2015. American Canyon combines documentary footage and still photos to supplement prose that is at once memoir and meditation. Film director Miranda July describes the book: “Ravva unearths myths so gently and casually that history never becomes too grand. His story-filled days accrue power and a bit of magic by the end—my sense of ‘now’ became poignantly unmoored.” Ravva has performed at LACMA, Machine Project, the MAK Center at the Schindler House, New Langton Arts, and the Sorbonne, to name a few. He also helps run and curate events at betalevel, a venue for social experimentation and hands-on culture located in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.