Novelist and Critic Steve Erickson to Give Reading at Pomona College
Steve Erickson, esteemed novelist, critic and essayist of the underground life of Los Angeles, will give a reading at Pomona College on Wednesday, November 16 at 4:15 p.m. in Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).
Erickson’s most recent work of fiction is Zeroville (2007). Pomona College Professor of Creative Writing Jonathan Lethem says, “Erickson is as unique and vital and pure a voice as American fiction has produced.” The New York Times Book Review praised Zeroville as, “Funny, disturbing, daring, dreamlike. Erickson's best.” Newsweek said of the book, “Erickson pours his encyclopedic knowledge of 1970s Hollywood into this funny, unnervingly surreal page-turner...Every page will set off fireworks. “
Among his eight novels are Tours of the Black Clock (2005) and The Sea Came in at Midnight (2000), and he is the author of two nonfiction books about American politics and popular culture, American Nomad (1997) and Leap Year (1991).
Erickson's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and Rolling Stone, among others. He is a creative writing professor in the MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), editor of the national literary magazine Black Clock and film writer for Los Angeles Magazine since 2001. In 2010, he was nominated for the National Magazine Award in criticism. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' literature award in 2010. His works have been published in 10 languages.