MFA NEWS

 

THE NEXT MFA SEMESTER BEGINS WITH A RESIDENCY IN SEASIDE, OREGON, FROM JANUARY 18-28, 2015

 

 

PACIFIC MFA PROGRAM PRESENTS ANNUAL READING SERIES AND CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

JUNE 20-27

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its residency on the Forest Grove campus. The series will kick off with special guest poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings take place at 7:30 p.m. from Friday, June 20, through Friday, June 27, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, which is located on campus at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear some of the best writers of contemporary American literature read on successive evenings. Featured authors include Bonnie Jo Campbell, a National Book Award finalist; and poet Kwame Dawes, Emmy Award winner and Guggenheim Fellow.

Reading Schedule – 7:30 p.m.

6/20 Yusef Komunyakaa & Dorianne Laux

6/21 Claire Davis, Kwame Dawes & Jack Driscoll

6/22 Judy Blunt, Joseph Millar & Mary Helen Stefaniak

6/23 Eduardo Corral, Pete Fromm & Craig Lesley

6/25 Marvin Bell, Vievee Francis & Valerie Laken       

6/26 Ellen Bass, Frank Gaspar & Debra Gwartney

6/27 Sandra Alcosser, Bonnie Jo Campbell & David Long

Note that there is no public reading on June 24. For more information about the readings, the writers, or the MFA in Writing program, please call (503) 352-1531.

 

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PACIFIC MFA IN WRITING NAMED ONE OF THE TOP THREE LOW-RESIDENCY PROGRAMS IN THE NATION BY POETS & WRITERS

 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to writing, Paul Rowley (Poetry, 2012) weaves hats using traditional Native American techniques and designs.

 

 

 

Maisha Johnson (Poetry, 2013) takes first in a whole new kind of slam. See Maisha in action.

 

 

 

Robert Peake (Poetry, 2009) brings voices together from the Americas, the United Kingdom and Europe. Listen to the latest edition of Transatlantic Poetry on Air.

 

 

WRITERS BLOCK CAN MAKE A MESS OF YOUR DESK

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