PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 21, 2015

AUSB Debuts the Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series with ‘The Allure of Anais Nin’

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Antioch University Santa Barbara will present “The Allure of Anais Nin,” an evening honoring the influence of writer, diarist, lecturer, and muse Anais Nin on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at its downtown Santa Barbara campus.

“The Allure of Anais Nin” will be the inaugural event of the Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series and will feature five artists – poets, writers, and scholars – honoring her writing and inspiration. Event coordinators Diana Raab and Steven Reigns will be joined by Judith Citrin, Perie Longo, and Tristine Rainer for this unique evening showcasing these five featured artists as they speak about how Anais Nin inspired them, either as a friend or through her writings.

Born in Paris and growing up in Cuba and the United States, Anais Nin published journals spanning 60 years and also wrote novels, essays, critical studies, and erotica as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. She was deeply interested in psychology and was a frequent lecturer at many universities. Her original diaries are stored in the UCLA Library. In 1976, she was awarded the Los Angeles Woman of the Year Award. Nin died at the age of 74 in 1977.

The event will be held in Community Hall at AUSB’s downtown campus at 602 Anacapa Street. The event is free and open to the public, with limited seating.

The Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series examines the works of contemporary writers and artists in order to deepen our community’s understanding of the transformative power of great storytelling and creativity as a way to inspire positive change.

The Writers Series has been established in conjunction with AUSB’s upcoming MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media program, which will debut in December 2016. The MFA is designed to be a low-residency program with multiple focus areas, including film, stage, adaptation, and television writing; print and digital advertising; criticism and opinion writing; public relations, marketing, philanthropic writing and editing; radio broadcasting; gaming; and publishing. Learn more and get more information about this new program at


About AUSB
Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower thousands of students worldwide with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), founded in 1977 as one of five nationwide locations—including Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; New England (Keene, NH); and Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH)—provides both graduate degrees and bachelor’s completion programs at its thriving downtown campus. AUSB’s unique curriculum draws students from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe. Antioch University is a nonprofit, private, 501(c)3 organization and member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To learn more, visit

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