MFA in Writing Spring Readings

Jun 22, 2012
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street) - Forest Grove

Some of America's finest literary authors will read from their works during the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program's 10-day residency. The readings are free and open to the public.

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

Free and open to the public, the readings take place each evening beginning Friday, June 15 and continuing through Friday, June 22 in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street). 

During that span, a pair of daytime readings will also be open to the public (June 16, 22).

The week 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, who was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction; and poets Kwame Dawes and Joseph Millar, who were both recently awarded 2012 Guggenheim fellowships.


Fri., June 15 - Bonnie Jo Campbell, Kwame Dawes & Jack Driscoll    

Sat., June 16 - Ellen Bass, Pete Fromm & Frank Gaspar

Sun., June 17 - Valerie Laken, Joseph Millar & Leslie Adrienne Miller

Tue., June 19 - Dorianne Laux, Michael Meyer & Laura Pritchett       

Wed., June 20 - Marvin Bell, Elinor Langer & Christine Sneed 

Thu., June 21 - Mike Magnuson, Peter Sears & Mary Helen Stefaniak 

Fri., June 22 - Claire Davis & Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Sat., June 16 - Judy Blunt & John McNally 

Fri., June 22 - Sandra Alcosser, Debra Gwartney & Kellie Wells

The authors in the series also teach at the residency, where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the correspondence semester 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.

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

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Jun 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett ( on Jun 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

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