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Susan Straight

Writer

Straight is a recipient of the L.A. Times Book Prize’s Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement. Born and raised in Riverside, Straight has made the region the subject of her fiction and nonfiction, and is a teacher in UC Riverside’s creative writing program. Her 2001 novel “Highwire Moon” was a finalist for the National Book Award; her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and Lannan Literary Prize. 

Recent Articles

  • July 4: Our interdependent holiday

    July 4: Our interdependent holiday

    The Fourth of July I remember most vividly from my childhood in Riverside was an anarchic celebration on a huge green field where my brother almost lost an eye.  I must have been 10, with four younger siblings, and my dad had driven us over the city line to Colton, where fireworks were legal, sold...

  • Susan Straight's Great American Novels: 'Fools Crow' and 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman'

    Susan Straight's Great American Novels: 'Fools Crow' and 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman'

    Impossible to choose — is the great American novel one you love so much you keep it secret, as a talisman, or the book you love so much you give it to everyone for years? This summer, having just taught two great American novels which altered the perceptions of this nation forever for my UC Riverside...

  • How getting caught with two cans of Olympia turned teenage Susan Straight into a writer

    How getting caught with two cans of Olympia turned teenage Susan Straight into a writer

    I like to close my eyes and imagine I am still a feral child, imprinted with the first sights and sounds, because lately I am surrounded by toddlers who come to my yard obsessed with the flowers poking through my fence, with my chickens and my dog, and by elderly loved ones who speak to me forcefully...

  • A Southern California Thanksgiving

    A Southern California Thanksgiving

    Who told the story first? The story of Native Americans bringing food to the Pilgrims, who were hungry, weary, wary neighbors in Plymouth — roasted fowl, gourds, corn and fish? The traditional Thanksgiving turkeys of my Southern California childhood, awkwardly big birds on my mother's Formica counter,...

  • 'Letters' inscribes a grand love affair with words between Ross Macdonald and Eudora Welty

    'Letters' inscribes a grand love affair with words between Ross Macdonald and Eudora Welty

    Ross Macdonald and Eudora Welty were titans of fiction: he a mystery writer whose work, like his California compatriots in noir Raymond Chandler and Walter Mosley, encompassed not just murder but the social and political entwined in cities like L.A. and fictional Santa Teresa; she a novelist and...

  • The unknown helicopter

    The unknown helicopter

    Jeff Houlihan first noticed the helicopter in 1977, perched on top of a 40-foot steel tower at Rialto Municipal Airport. He could tell it was a Huey, used in Vietnam, but no one could explain how it got to the top of the tower. He could tell it had received enemy gunfire — it was spattered with...

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