Tucson Festival of Books

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke



Adrianne Mathiowetz

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, a Fulbright scholar, First Jade Nurtured SiHui Female International Poetry Award recipient, recent Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, Dean's Mellon Professor, and U.S. Library of Congress Witter Bynner fellow, has written seven books of poetry, one book of nonfiction, and a play. Following former fieldworker retraining in Santa Paula and Ventura in the mid-1980s, she began teaching, and she is now a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Her most recent work is "Look at This Blue," Finalist, 2022 National Book Award. 

Hedge Coke is the editor of ten anthologies and has served as an editor and guest editor for several magazines and journals, most recently World Literature Today. A career community advocate and organizer, she most recently directed UCR’s Writers Week, the Along the Chaparral/PÅ«owaina project, and the Sandhill Crane Migration Retreat and Festival. 

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Awards: Fulbright Scholar, Finalist National Book Award, Pen Southwest, AWP George Garret Award, US Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow, Legacy Artist Fellow California Arts Council, First Jade Nurtured SiHui Female International Poet, National Honorary Credential Foreign Poet of Excellence, Inducted into Texas Institute of Letters, King*Chavez*Parks Award, American Book Award

Communities: Neurodivergent, Person with a Disability, Luso/Mixed ancestry


Scheduled events:
Poetry for the Planet
In this panel, poets Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Sophia Terazawa will discuss and read from their collections, "Look at this Blue" and "Anon," which artfully explore topics of climate change, ecocide and environmental destruction.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Sophia Terazawa
Moderator: Sara Sams
Iconic Poets on Nature and Violence
Established poets Lorna Dee Cervantes and Allison Hedge Coke will be in conversation regarding nature and American violence toward Earth and its peoples.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Lorna Cervantes, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Moderator: Lisa Bowden
National Book Awards
National Book Award finalists Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Ingrid Rojas Contreras and Alejandro Varela will compare notes on how they linked the past, present, and (hopefully) a better future using poetry, nonfiction and fiction. This session will be presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation and moderated by Natalie Green, its program director.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Book Awards
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Alejandro Varela
Moderator: Natalie Green

Books:
Look at This Blue
Poetry
Coffee House Press
January 2022
ISBN 9781566896207
168 pages

Streaming

Coffee House Press
November 2013
ISBN 9781566893756
147 pages