Public lectures & readings

Outdoor reading at the Napa Valley Writers' ConferenceThe conference offers book-lovers and writers in the Napa Valley and North San Francisco Bay Area a wonderful opportunity to hear readings and lectures by world-class authors of poetry and fiction.

Here is the lineup of readings and lectures for the 2014 conference:

Reading Schedule

Sunday, 27 July 2014
Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena | Map
Reading at 7:30 p.m.

  • Brian Teare
  • Justin Torres

Monday, 28 July 2014
Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa | Map
Wine reception at 7:o0 p.m., reading at 7:30

  • Camille Dungy
  • Lan Samantha Chang

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main St., St. Helena | Map
Wine reception at 7:00 p.m., reading at 7:30

  • Brenda Hillman
  • Michael Byers

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College Main Campus, Napa | Map
Wine reception at 6:30 p.m., reading at 7

  • Kazim Ali
  • Ayana Mathis

Reading tickets cost $10 per person and may be purchased by cash or check at the door. Conference attendees, community housing hosts and students with a current student ID are admitted for free.

 

Lecture Schedule

Lecture titles will be added as they are received. All lectures take place at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. | Map

Monday, 28 July 2014

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Brenda Hillman: “Writing Courage”
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Michael Byers: “Uncertainty, Point of  View, and the Case of the Bad Bully”

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Kazim Ali: “Ecstatic Ardor in the Collaboral Arbor: Labial Labor and Cunning
    Lingualism in Sappho’s Gymnasium”
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Ayana Mathis:  TBA

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Brian Teare: “This Condensery: The Craft of the Short Poem”
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m. — Lan Samantha Chang: “A Glimpse of Someone We Once Knew”

Thursday, 31 July 2014

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Camille Dungy: “The Words that Build the Poem Build the Walls”
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Justin Torres: “Close to the Bone: Creating Fiction from Personal Experience”
  • Participant Reading — 2:45-4:15 p.m. (Free and open to the public)

 

Lecture tickets cost $25 per person and may be purchased by cash or check at the door. Or attend all eight conference lectures for a fee of $175, or just the poetry or fiction series (half of the lectures) for $90. Students with valid ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Conference attendees and community housing hosts are admitted for free.

 

You may peruse prior years’ offerings below.

Past readings and lectures

2013
Camille Dungy, Linda Gregerson, Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Yiyun Li, Christopher Tilghman

2012

Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Arthur Sze, Kevin Brockmeier, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Tayari Jones
 
2011
Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, D. A. Powell, David St. John, Daniel Alarcón, Lan Samantha Chang, Adam Haslett, Michelle Huneven
 
2010
Michael Byers, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Curtis Sittenfeld, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Arthur Sze, C.D. Wright
 
2009
Elizabeth Alexander, Carl Dennis, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell, Peter Ho Davies, Antonya Nelson, ZZ Packer
 
2008
Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Ehud Havazalet, Ann Packer, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, Paul Lisicky
 
2007
Dan Chaon, Laura Kasischke, Antonya Nelson, Christopher Tilghman, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Dunn, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell