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Dwight Yates Chris Abani

Lecturer Emeritus

E-mail: dwight.yates@ucr.edu

 

Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 2008
  • The Juniper Prize for Fiction, 2005
  • The Serena McDonald Kennedy Award in Fiction, 2004
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, 1993
  • Pushcart Prize, Special Mention, 1992.

Publications

Fiction:

Books

  • Bring Everybody. Amherest, MA. University of Massachusetts Press, 2006
  • Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones. Valdosta, GA. Snake Nation Press, 2005.

Stories

  • "Visiting Poet." The Redlands Review.
  • "Reading Erica Jong." Hotel Amerika 3.1 (2004): 71-74.
  • "Our Impending Reconciliation." The Sun May, 2004: 39-42.
  • "A Certain Smaritan." South Dakota Review 41 (2003): 235-343.
    • Anthologized in Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire. Ed. Gayle Wattawa. Oakland: Heyday Books, 2006
  • "Reassembling Idaho." Red Rock Review 14 (2003): 80-85.
  • "An Irish Weather." Rhapsoidia 1 (2002): 4-5.
  • "Family Fitness."Northwest Review, 40. 2 (2002): 77-89.
  • "I Want To Hold Your Hand." ZYZZYVA 52 (1998): 71-82.
  • "On Expedition." Northwest Review 35.3 (1997): 142-50.
  • "In The Lincoln Shrine." Western Humanities Review 45.4 (1991): 325-32.
  • "Painted Pony." Quarterly West 32 (1991): 78-89. 
    • Anthologized in Best of the West 5. Eds. James Thomas and Denise Thomas. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.
  • "The Lover." ZYZZYVA 24 (1990): 117-23.
  • "Twenty-two Flamingos." Northwest Review 26.3 (1988): 33-39.
  • "Democracy." Northwest Review 26.3 (1988): 40-47.
  • "The Orient And The Occident." Sonora Review 10 (1986): 83-89.
  • "The Chocolate Man." Puerto Del Sol 21.2 (1986): 75-82.
  • "The Possum Is Not A Dream." Northwest Review 23.2 (1985): 29-34.
  • "Animal Wrongs." Between The Species, a journal of ethics 1.3 (1985): 29-34.
  • "Wash & Dry." Quarry West 20 (1984): 19-21.

Nonfiction:

  • Edited with Nancy Carrick. A Student's Guide To Freshman Composition. Minneapolis: Burgess, 1980.

Presentations:

  • Panel Discussion on Inlandia. California Writers Club. Borders Book Store. Montclair, California, October 24, 2009.
  • Panel Discussion on Inlandia. San Bernardino County Museum, San Bernardino, California, September 10, 2008.
  • Fiction reading. Chaffey College. Rancho Cucamonga, California, October 24, 2007.
  • Fiction reading. The Juniper Festival. Amherst, Massachusetts. April 28, 2007.
  • Fiction reading. Writers Week. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California, February 7, 2007.
  • Fiction reading. Reading at the Loft. Redlands, California, January 10, 2007.
  • Fiction reading. Riverside Public Library, Riverside, California, December 9, 2006.
  • Fiction reading. Dutton's Brentwood, Brentwood, California, April 19, 2006.
  • Fiction reading. University of Redlands, Redlands, California, February 16, 2006.
  • Fiction reading. Writers Week. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California, February 14, 2006.
  • Fiction reading. Readings at the Loft. Redlands, California, October 5, 2005.
  • Keynote Speaker, Literature and Literacy: a conference sponsored by Snake Nation Press and Valdosta State University. Valdosta, Georgia, April 29, 30, May 1, 2005.
  • Fiction reading. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California, October 23, 2003.
  • Fiction reading. Mt. San Jacinto Community College, San Jacinto, California, November 13, 2001.
  • Fiction reading. Riverside Public Library, Riverside, California, January 27, 2001.
  • Fiction reading. Mt. San Jacinto Community College (Menifee campus), Menifee, California, September 28, 2000.
  • Writer in Residence, Inland Area Writing Project Fiction Retreat, Mission Inn, Riverside, California, November 14-16, 2001; November 10-12, 2000; October 24-26, 1999.
  • Fiction reading. Beyond Baroque. Venice, California, April 2, 1998.
  • Guest lecturer, The Inland Area Writing Project Summer Institute. U.C. Riverside, Riverside, California, July 27, 1994; August 1, 1996; August 5, 1997; August 4, 1999; July 31, 2001.
  • Fiction reading. University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, April 14, 1994.
  • Writer in Residence, Inland Area Writing Project Advanced Institute. Green Valley, California, August 8-10, 1995.

Employment History

  • Lecturer, Departments of Creative Writing and English, University of California, Riverside, 1981-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Redlands in Salzburg, 1987
  • Director, McKale Writing Clinic, University of Arizona, 1979-80
  • Graduate Assistant and Associate in Teaching, University of Arizona, 1972-79
  • Instructor, University of Montana, 1970-72
  • Graduate Assistant in Teaching, University of Montana, 1967-1970
  • Instructor, Tabora Boys School, Tabora, Tanzania, 1965-67

Education

  • A.B.D. Medieval Literature, University of Arizona, 1976.
  • M. A. English, University of Montana, 1970.
  • B. A. English, Portland State University, 1964.

Teaching Experience

  • Creative Writing: Introduction To Creative Writing; Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Fiction Workshop; Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Non-Fiction Workshops. Survey of Contemporary Fiction; Survey of Contemporary Non-Fiction; Special Topics in Fiction: Western Landscapes, Fiction of Affliction, Historical Fiction; Fiction and Film; Metafiction; Creative Writing and Ancestry; Writers of Writers Week.
  • English: Composition (at every level); Introduction to Literature; Survey of Modern Literature.
  • U.S. Peace Corps: ESL, literature, history, and public affairs.

Recent Academic Service

  • Non-Senate Faculty Council on Professional Development, 2006-present

  • Non-Senate Faculty Advisory Committee to the Vice Chancellor, 1999-2002.

  • Mentoring Program for New Teachers, Department of English, Fall, 1999.

  • Assistant to the Director of English 1 and member of the Committee on Writing Courses, Department of English, 1996-1999.