The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading Presents Poet And Essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, conjointly with the Department of English and Comparative Literature, invite you to the following events that are free and open to the public— with events featuring MFA Faculty, Students, Affiliates, and Alumni. The Living Writers' Series at SDSU is one of the longest continuously running series in the nation.

All events are free and open to the public, and will be held virtually via Zoom (registration links below) and Facebook Live.

Each semester, thanks to an endowment created by her family and friends, the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading honors the memory of SDSU alumna, Laurie Matsueda Okuma. Aimee Nezhukumatathil will share excerpts from her latest publications and answer questions from attendees. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the New York Times best selling illustrated collection of nature essays and Kirkus Prize finalist, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS (2020, Milkweed Editions), which was chosen as Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Year. She has four previous poetry collections: OCEANIC (Copper Canyon Press, 2018), LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003), the last three from Tupelo Press. Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of garden poems with the poet Ross Gay. Her writing appears twice in the Best American Poetry Series, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and Tin House.