Creative Writers Series: Ryka Aoki

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Watch via YouTube Live

Two-time Lambda Award finalist and winner of several poetry awards, Aoki is a composer, teacher and the author of “Seasonal Velocities” (2012), “He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song)” (2014), “Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul” (2015), “The Great Space Adventure” (2019) and the forthcoming novel “Light From Uncommon Stars” (2021). She was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of transgender people.” She was also the inaugural performer for the first-ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride and has performed all over the world. Aoki’s talk will be an open-forum discussion about writing across and in between genres, as well as the publication process.

Upcoming Creative Writers Series talks:

  • 7 p.m. Feb. 10: Chigozie Obioma
  • 7 p.m. March 1: Major Jackson
  • 6 p.m. March 16: Catina Bacote
  • 7 p.m. March 23: C.S. Giscombe
  • 6 p.m. April 7: Mahogany L. Browne
  • 6 p.m. April 12: Debra Magpie Earling

For more information, contact Chelsea Ratzlaff at

Sponsored by: WSU Vancouver College of Arts and Sciences; WSU Vancouver Library; WSU Vancouver Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; WSU Vancouver Office of Student Equity and Outreach; WSU Vancouver Office of Academic Affairs; WSU Tri-Cities Writing Center; WSU Common Reading Program; Associated Students of WSU Vancouver; and Landscapes, The Student Literary Journal.

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