In his first book of poetry, The Father’s Curse, Garrison King-Halsey III ’19 has published a collection of poems reflecting the current landscape of the dating world for young adults from the perspective of a young African-American coming into adulthood. It gives insight to love, heartbreak, cheating culture, toxic masculinity and more.
Find your passion in literary art: immerse yourself in it, understand it, create it.
Creative writing students practice an extensive study of literature along with the craft of writing. Pacific University’s workshop courses are small, intensive and geared toward the practice of craft. With the guidance and support of our writing professors, students write extensively in a variety of genres, provide critiques of each others’ work, and perfect the art of revision.
Take courses to hone your craft in a range of genres — from fiction and poetry to creative nonfiction and screenwriting. Unique to Pacific's program is the opportunity to serve on a professional literary magazine, Silk Road Review, as well as work with acclaimed writers as part of Pacific's Visiting Writers Series. To develop your craft, pursue internships with Pacific's MFA in writing graduate program and attend the prestigious Boldface Writers Conference with our faculty.
In the heart of Portland's rich literary culture, come and engage Literary Arts programming like Verselandia!, visit the fabled Powell's bookstore for readings, and connect with award-winning writers at the Portland Book Festival and Oregon Book Awards. Develop a rich and interdisciplinary portfolio of original work, learn how to get published, and find your writing community here.
Join Pacific University's Visiting Writers series for a virtual author talk with Ada Limón at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, a National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Register for the Zoom link.
In Memoriam: MFA in Writing faculty member Marvin Bell