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Living Writers: Chanan Tigay

September 29, 2016 @ 5:20 pm - 7:00 pm  |  Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206


Author of the forthcoming Unholy Scriptures: Fraud, Suicide, Scandal—and the Bible that Rocked the Holy City (Ecco/HarperCollins), and two long works of nonfiction, The Special Populations Unit: Arab Soldiers in Israel’s Army (McSweeney’s) and Nuclear Meltdown, released on the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan (Rodale Press). Tigay was awarded the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s 2011-2012 Investigative Reporting Fellowship, where he worked on a documentary film about Israel’s opposition to the Iranian nuclear program for PBS “Frontline.” His journalism has appeared in publications including Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Jerusalem Post. Tigay has taught courses in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program on novel writing, the “writing life,” creative non-fiction, magazine and feature writing; and was a writing instructor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He has received residency fellowships at Yaddo, the Blue Mountain Center and the Mesa Refuge. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Jerusalem and raised in Philadelphia, Tigay is an assistant professor at San Francisco State.

Living Writers is a series of events that are free to students and the public, and happens every Thursday night from 6-7:45pm in the Humanities Lecture Hall, room 206. This series will be focusing on fiction writers as well as filmmakers. It’s going to be an exciting series and we hope to see you there!  For more details, please email us at

Living Writers Fall 2016

10/6 poet Jennifer Chang, author most recently of the book Some Say The Lark

10/13 experimental memoirist Michelle Tea, author most recently of the apocalyptic memoir Black Wave

10/20 novelist Alfredo Vea, author most recently of The Mexican Flyboy, about a Latino super hero who goes back in time to save historical heroes from painful deaths

10/27 poet and Pulitzer prize finalist Elizabeth Willis

11/10 fiction and non-fiction writer Peter Orner, author most recently of Am I Alone Here, a memoir-essay hybrid about living to read/reading to live

Readings sponsored by The Humanities Division, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, The Literature Department and Poets and Writers Inc.


September 29, 2016
5:20 pm - 7:00 pm
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Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206
UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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