MFA in Writing Readings

Jun 27, 2014, 7:30 PM
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street) - Forest Grove

Some of the nation's finest writers comprise Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing faculty. They will read from their respective works. Admission is free.

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its 10-day spring residency on the Forest Grove Campus.

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

The series will kick off on Friday, June 20 with readings by special guest poet Yusef Komunyakaa and faculty member Dorianne Laux to celebrate the highly successful program's 10th anniversary. Komunyakaa was a guest speaker during the program's inaugural year in 2004. All are invited to a reception featuring desserts and other refreshments following the first night of readings.

The readings are 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. 

The authors in the reading series also teach at the residency where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the guided study that follows. Students leave the residency paired with a professional writer who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice.

Schedule - All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 20 - Yusef Komunyakaa & Dorianne Laux            

Saturday, June 21 - Claire Davis, Kwame Dawes & Jack Driscoll

Sunday, June 22 - Judy Blunt, Joseph Millar & Mary Helen Stefaniak

Monday, June 23 - Eduardo Corral, Pete Fromm & Craig Lesley  

Wednesday, June 25 - Marvin Bell, Vievee Francis & Valerie Laken  

Thursday, June 26 - Ellen Bass, Frank Gaspar & Debra Gwartney      

Friday, June 27 - Sandra Alcosser,  Bonnie Jo Campbell & David Long

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or go to:

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