Public invited to Renowned Author Readings in June

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its 10-day spring residency on the Forest Grove Campus.

Free and open to the public, the readings take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, through Friday, June 27, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located on campus at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove.

The series will kick off on Friday, June 20, with readings by special guest poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Dorianne Laux to celebrate the highly successful program's 10th anniversary. Komunyakaa and Laux were both part of the faculty when the program started in 2004. All are invited to a reception featuring desserts and other refreshments following the first night of readings.

The readings are a rare opportunity to hear some of the best writers of contemporary American literature read on successive evenings. Featured authors include Bonnie Jo Campbell, a National Book Award finalist, and poet Kwame Dawes, Emmy Award winner and Guggenheim Fellow. 

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.


All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

Friday, June 20 Yusef Komunyakaa and Dorianne Laux            

Saturday, June 21 Claire Davis, Kwame Dawes and Jack Driscoll

Sunday, June 22 Judy Blunt, Joseph Millar and Mary Helen Stefaniak

Monday, June 23 Eduardo Corral, Pete Fromm and Craig Lesley  

Wednesday, June 25 Marvin Bell, Vievee Francis and Valerie Laken  

Thursday, June 26 Ellen Bass, Debra Gwartney and Kellie Wells

Friday, June 27 Sandra Alcosser and Bonnie Jo Campbell

Thursday, June 5, 2014