College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2016 Case Writer: Ryka Aoki

The amazing Ryka Aoki will be visiting our campus and students in April as well.  She will give her reading at 5:00 p.m. on April 7 and an additional Q&A on April 8 (specific locations TBA).  Ryka Aoki is an Asian-American author known for her poetry collection Seasonal Velocities and her novel He Mele a Hilo.  Seasonal Velocities was a finalist for the award for transgender nonfiction in the 25th Lambda Literary Awards in 2013.  Aoki earned her MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and won the Academy of American Poets' University Award.  She was honored by the California State Senate for her work with Trans/Giving, a Los Angeles performance series for trans and gender queer individuals.

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