MFA in Writing Readings at the Coast

Jan 14, 2013, 7:30 PM
Best Western Ocean View Resort (414 N. Prom) - Seaside

Faculty within Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will read from their works in Seaside during the program's winter residency. 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 in Seaside.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place from Monday, Jan. 7, through Monday, Jan. 14, at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside.

This evenings are a rare opportunity to hear some of the best writers of contemporary American literature read on successive evenings. Featured authors include poet Marvin Bell, recipient of an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature; and fiction writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2009.


Monday, Jan. 7 - Marvin Bell, Bonnie Jo Campbell & Mary Helen Stefaniak

Tuesday, Jan. 8 - Sandra Alcosser, Frank Gaspar & Pam Houston

Wednesday, Jan. 9 - Katherine Dunn, Craig Lesley & Leslie Adrienne Miller

Thursday, Jan. 10 - Mike Magnuson, Joseph Millar & Kellie Wells

Friday, Jan. 11 - Kwame Dawes, Jack Driscoll & Debra Gwartney

Saturday, Jan. 12 - Judy Blunt, Pete Fromm & Ben Percy

Sunday, Jan. 13 - Cristina Garcia, Elinor Langer & David Long

Monday, Jan. 14 - Ellen Bass & Laura Hendrie

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 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 in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at 503-352-1532 or visit

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Dec 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

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