Experience a Dynamic Literary Community.

The Contemporary Writers Series at Mills College features monthly readings and talks by renowned and emerging writers. Graduate students produce and promote the series, which brings the Mills community and San Francisco Bay Area audiences together to enjoy an intimate evening followed by a reception. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the Mills Hall Living Room, unless otherwise indicated.

2017-18 Literary Series

Patty Yumi Cottrell
Patty Yumi Cottrell
Tuesday September 19, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room
  • Patty Yumi Cottrell was born in South Korea. Ed Park describes her novel, Sorry To Disturb the Peace, as "a sort of Korean-American noir, lean and wry and darkly compelling," and Danielle Dutton calls it "a beguiling debut: absurdly funny, surprisingly beautiful, and ultimately sad....” Cottrell's work has appeared in BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review. She lives in New York.
Lillian Howan
Lillian Howan
Tuesday October 3, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room
  • Join us to celebrate the release of Lillian Howan's novel The Charm Buyers, a novel about Tahiti during the last years of French nuclear testing. Howan’s writings have been published in the Asian American Literary Review, Café Irreal, Calyx, New England Review, and the anthology Under Western Eyes. She is the editor of legendary playwright Wakako Yamauchi’s collection, Rosebud and Other Stories.
Daniel Borzutsky
Daniel Borzutsky
**WEDNESDAY** October 25 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room
  • Daniel Borzutsky’s The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award, has been described as “one of contemporary poetry’s most cogent documents of humanity and suffering in the 21st century.” His other books include Lake Michigan, In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, Memories of my Overdevelopment, and The Book of Interfering Bodies. His translations from Spanish include Raúl Zurita’s Song for his Disappeared Love.
Elizabeth Willis
Elizabeth Willis
Tuesday November 14, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room
  • Elizabeth Willis’s most recent book, Alive: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other books include Address, Meteoric Flowers, Turneresque, The Human Abstract, and Second Law. She is also the editor of Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place. She taught poetry at Mills College from 1995 to 2002. In 2015 she joined the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.