Pacific Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program Presents Annual Reading Series in Seaside, Ore.

The 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, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 12, 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 Vievee Francis, recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and fiction writer Chris Abani, recipient of the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.

Evening Reading Schedule

Jan. 5 Judy Blunt, Vievee Francis & John McNally
Jan. 6 Kwame Dawes, Pete Fromm & Willy Vlautin
Jan. 7 Steve Amick, Claire Davis & Scott Korb
Jan. 8 Ellen Bass, Frank Gaspar & Valerie Laken
Jan. 9 Mike Magnuson, Mary Helen Stefaniak & Kellie Wells
Jan. 10 Chris Abani, Debra Gwartney & Joseph Millar
Jan. 11 Marvin Bell, Jack Driscoll & Christopher Merrill
Jan. 12 Sanjiv Bhattacharya & Laura Hendrie
For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or visit

Dec. 19, 2017