Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program Presents Annual Spring Reading Series June 15-22

The 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 on the university's campus in Forest Grove.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place from Friday, June 15, through Friday, June 22, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located on campus, at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.

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

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.


  • Friday, June 15 - Cate Kennedy, Scott Korb & Joseph Millar
  • Saturday, June 16 - Chris Abani, Ellen Bass & Kellie Wells
  • Sunday, June 17 - Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Pete Fromm & David Long
  • Monday, June 18 - Judy Blunt, Mike Magnuson & Matthew Shenoda 
  • Wednesday, June 20 - Marvin Bell, Frank Gaspar & Molly Gloss
  • Thursday, June 21 - Debra Gwartney, John McNally & Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Friday, June 23 - Claire Davis, Laura Hendrie & Dorianne Laux

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact assistant director Jennifer Scanlon at or 503-352-1533 or visit

Tuesday, June 5, 2018