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Pacific University MFA writing program hosts authors Jan. 5-12

Published on January 4, 2018 12:21AM

Willy Vlautin, one of several authors reading at the Pacific University MFA program’s residency in Seaside

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Willy Vlautin, one of several authors reading at the Pacific University MFA program’s residency in Seaside

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SEASIDE — 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 in Seaside.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place Friday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 12, at the Best Western Ocean View Resort (414 N. Prom).

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.

The featured authors 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 their emerging craft and voice.

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, contact director Shelley Washburn at 503-352-1532 or visit pacificu.edu/mfa.


Schedule


• Friday, Jan. 5: Judy Blunt, Vievee Francis and John McNally

• Saturday, Jan. 6: Kwame Dawes, Pete Fromm and Willy Vlautin

• Sunday, Jan. 7: Steve Amick, Claire Davis and Scott Korb

• Monday, Jan. 8: Ellen Bass, Frank Gaspar and Valerie Laken

• Tuesday, Jan. 9: Mike Magnuson, Mary Helen Stefaniak and Kellie Wells

• Wednesday, Jan. 10: Chris Abani, Debra Gwartney and Joseph Millar

• Thursday, Jan. 11: Marvin Bell, Jack Driscoll and Christopher Merrill

• Friday, Jan. 12: Sanjiv Bhattacharya and Laura Hendrie



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