Poets, writers and scholars of different stripes will converge on UC Riverside next week and the following week for the campus’ 42nd annual Writers Week seminar.

The free event is scheduled to get underway Monday evening with an introductory address by author Margaret Atwood, whose works of fiction include “Alias Grace” and “The Blind Assassin.”

Atwood and the other participants will be provided a platform at the UCR Interdisciplinary Building, on the south end of campus.

Event organizer Tom Lutz, a creative writing professor at UCR, said this year’s installment will feature some of the “most distinguished and accomplished” scribes on the literary circuit Friday.

“Some are just starting out, having published their first book this year, and some are in the middle of productive careers,” Lutz said.

The UCR Department of Creative Writing, in association with several campus organizations, is sponsoring the event. Anyone can attend.

On Tuesday, novelist Rachel Cusk will share her thoughts on writing for different tastes, then Writers Week goes on hiatus until Feb. 11, when authors Aimee Bender and Quincy Troupe will speak, along with poet Arthur Sze and literary critic Yxta Maya Murray.

Other featured novelists slated to appear at the event between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16 include Chris Kraus, author of “Summer of Hate,” Katie Ford, author of “Blood Lyrics,” Angel Garcia, who penned “Teeth Never Sleep,” and Elise Paschen, who authored “Bestiary,” “Infidelities” and “The Nightlife.”

Locals scheduled to deliver presentations include College of the Desert English Professor Ruth Nolan, as well as Anthonia Kalu, a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCR.

Senegal-born Ayesha Attah, who recently published “The Hundred Wells of Salaga,” will close out the affair on Feb. 16 with a special off-site session at View Park-Windsor Hills, just north of Inglewood.

More information is available at writersweek.ucr.edu/ .

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