Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program Presents Annual Reading Series in Seaside, Jan. 11-18

MFA Winter 2019 SeriesThe Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of the world’s finest contemporary 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, January 11, through Friday, January 18, at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear master writers read on successive evenings. Featured authors include poet Marvin Bell, recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and fiction writer Chris Abani, recipient of the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.


Friday, Jan. 11 | Pete Fromm, Joseph Millar & Kellie Wells

Saturday, Jan. 12 | Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Molly Gloss & Cate Kennedy

Sunday, Jan. 13 | Frank Gaspar, Valerie Laken & Shara McCallum

Monday, Jan. 14 | Mike Magnuson, John McNally & Mary Helen Stefaniak

Tuesday, Jan. 15 | Marvin Bell, Jack Driscoll & Debra Gwartney

Wednesday, Jan. 16 | Chris Abani & Claire Dederer

Thursday, Jan. 17 | Scott Korb & Mahtem Shiferraw

Friday, Jan. 18 | Claire Davis & Kwame Dawes

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.

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at 503-352-1531 or visit

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018