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A message from Elizabeth Pode of Point Loma Nazarene University:

Please join us for our 21st annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea Feb. 16-19.

The event that has brought writers such as Jeannette Walls, Gay Talese, Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, George Plimpton, Joyce Carol Oates, Garrison Keillor, Dave Eggers, Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley, Chris Hedges, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill McKibben and dozens more, has another great week of writing discussion coming up. This year will be as good, if not better, than the others!

Tuesday, Feb. 16 — Dick Enberg 

7 pm interview in Crill Hall (Cooper Music) (tickets required)

Enberg is fascinating for a number of reasons. Not only has he been the voice of the Padres for the last several years, and was inducted in the baseball Hall of Fame last summer, he has also covered the biggest sports events in history. He was the voice of the UCLA basketball team during coach John Wooden’s years when they won so many national championships, he has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, Wimbledon, World Series and on and on. His book “Oh My!” is his autobiographical account of becoming a sports writer and then radio and television personality. His theatrical play about Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire has traveled throughout the U.S. and has won several awards. Vin Scully of the Dodgers is the only other announcer in his league.

And he has a Ph.D. in public health. He thought he was going to teach health and be a coach. Now he’s one of the most recognized voices in all of television and radio. The reason I’m bringing him to the Symposium is that he writes these incredibly artistic essays at the end of the events he covers. They’re beautiful. His essay on Jackie Robinson won an Emmy.

Enberg used to announce for the former Los Angeles Rams football team, which will once again be the Los Angeles Rams, as of last week. He’ll have plenty to say about the Chargers.

Thursday, Feb. 18 — Nikki Giovanni

7 pm interview in Crill Hall (Cooper Music) (tickets required)

Nikki Giovanni was very prominent in the Black Arts movement during the Civil Rights turbulence in the 1960s, and she is still going strong in the current Black Lives Matter movement. With the events involving police shootings in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, Minneapolis and elsewhere, her voice is particularly significant today. Before my interview with her she will perform some of her Spoken Word poems.

She is in her 70s, and is still very active. Oprah named her one of her 25 Living Legends, and she’s been the Woman of the Year in many magazines, including Mademoiselle. Her Spoken Word CD, Truth Is On Its Way, where she has a gospel choir in the background, won a national music award and was nominated for a Grammy.

Her appearance is a collaboration between the Writer’s Symposium, PLNU’s Black Student Union, the Office of Diversity, the LJML Poetry Day, and the Women’s Studies Center.

Also coming are fiction writer Robin Jones Gunn and Canadian blogger and author Sarah Bessey.

Details and tickets are at www.pointloma.edu/writers

Webmaster’s note: The Symposium by the Sea is one of three annual writer’s conferences in the area and it is by far the most affordable.