Returning to old form, the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of the world’s finest 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 16, through Thursday, 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 Ellen Bass, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and recent Guggenheim Fellowship winner, and multi-genre writer Chris Abani, nominee of the 2023 PEN Literary Award and also a Guggenheim Fellow. 


June 16 | Cate Kennedy and Dorianne Laux

June 17 | Mike Magnuson, Joseph Millar, and Kellie Wells

June 18 | Frank Gaspar, Mary Helen Stefaniak, and Cecily Wong

June 19 | Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, and Siddhartha Deb

June 20 | Valerie Laken, Danusha Laméris, and Mahtem Shiferraw

June 21 | Ellen Bass and Jack Driscoll

June 22 | Adrienne Christian, Claire Davis, and Molly Gloss

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 writing mentor who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice.

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Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program
503-352-1531 |

530 NW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday