Angie Chau named 2013 Walter Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence

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The Walter Stiern Library is pleased to announce that author Angie Chau has been named the 2013 Walter Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence.

As Writer in Residence, Ms. Chau will give a public reading at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Dezember Reading Room and teach a one-day creative writing workshop in the library on Thursday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  She will have an office on the fourth floor of the library designated for her use during the summer.

“It is an honor for us to bring a writer of Angie Chau’s stature to our library,” said Curt Asher, Interim Dean.  “We are grateful for the ongoing support of our community partner PG&E for making this opportunity possible.”

Ms. Chau is the acclaimed author of Quiet as They Come, a collection of short stories set in 1980s San Francisco portraying the interconnected lives of Vietnamese immigrants.  Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a starred review and said the book’s characters “radiate dignity and depth.”

The book has been adopted as a text in classrooms at universities across the country, including Brown, UCLA and Loyola.

Author Sandra Cisneros described Ms. Chau’s book as “heartbreaking tales of ordinary people lost between the extraordinary circumstances of history. Bitter and beautiful all at once.”

Born in Vietnam, Ms. Chau earned a BA in Southeast Asian Culture and Political Economy (ISF) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of California, Davis, where she was the fiction editor for The Greenbelt Review. She has been awarded a Hedgebrook Residency, an Anderson Center Residency, and a Macondo Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and the most recent Hey Day Books anthology, New California Writing. In 2009, she won the UC Davis Maurice Prize in Fiction.

For further information on the event visit

Creative Writing Workshop Application Instructions

  • Download the application
  • Fill in and print out the form.
  • Enclose a check for $150 made payable to CSUB.

Mail to:

Eileen Montoya -Chau Workshop
CSU Bakersfield – Stiern Library
Mail Stop: 60 LIB
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, 93311-1022
You can also bring your application and check to the library administrative office. For more information call 654-3042.
For more information about CSUB please visit


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