MFA Writing Program Hosts Annual Seaside Readings

Annual series features some of the best writers in the country. Free admission.

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 Friday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 13 at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside.

This event is 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 writers Ben Percy and Tayari Jones, who were both awarded NEA Fellowships in Creative Writing for 2012.


Fri., Jan. 6 - Laura Hendrie, Tayari Jones & Joseph Millar

Sat., Jan. 7 - Ellen Bass, Debra Gwartney & Ben Percy

Sun., Jan. 8 - Mike Magnuson, Peter Sears & Kellie Wells

Mon., Jan. 9  - Sandra Alcosser, Judy Blunt & Craig Lesley

Tues., Jan. 10 - Frank Gaspar, Stephen Kuusisto & David Long

Wed., Jan. 11 - Marvin Bell, Claire Davis & Valerie Laken

Thurs., Jan. 12 - Kwame Dawes, Elinor Langer & John McNally

Fri., Jan. 13 -  Katherine Dunn, Pam Houston & Leslie Adrienne Miller

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 Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or go to:

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Jan 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

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