Tatjana Soli

Tatjana Soli

Thursday, February 20
7:30pm
Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public

Tatjana Soli’s novel The Lotus Eaters, a New York Times Bestseller, is set during the Viet Nam war. Her novel The Forgetting Tree was a New York Times Notable Book. She has received numerous awards, including the UK’s James Tait Black Prize. Her stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Boulevard, and The Sun. Her work has been twice listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories.

Critics have described her novels as “daring” and “haunting.”

This event will take place on Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu

Amber Dermont

Amber Dermont

Thursday, March 13
7:30pm
Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public

Amber Dermont is the author of Damage Control, a collection of short fiction, and The Starboard Sea. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Dave Eggers’s Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005, Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story, and Jane Smiley’s Best New American Voices 2006.

Critics have said “Dermont delivers strong prose and intriguing characters who frequently defy stereotypical ideals.”

This event will take place on Mar. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu

Lidia Yuknavitch

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Thursday, September 26th

7:30pm

Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the memoir The Chronology of Water, winner of the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice and PNBA Award. She had published a novel, Dora: A Headcase, and three books of short fiction, including Her Other Mouths and Real to Reel. Other work has appeared in various publications includingThe Iowa ReviewMs.Fiction InternationalExquisite Corps, and Zyzzyva.

Lidia Yuknavitch’s writing has been described by critics as “beautiful, poetic and painful.”

This event will take place on Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu

Lorraine Healy

Lorraine Healy

Thursday, October 24th

7:30pm

Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public.

Before she goes to sleep
she covers us all
with her warm blanket of saints—
Gaetan for steady work,
Jude for the impossible,
Martin of Porres I forget why
except she and I like to sweep
and so does Martin, smile beaming
from his brown face on the card,
hands holding
a straw broom for eternity.
She calls on
Our Ladies of Everywhere,
of every place the busy Mary
has ever been known
to appear—
another woman stuck to a million chores
for a family as scattered
as the stars.

-My Mother’s Faith, The Farthest South

Lorraine Healy is an Argentinean poet whose chapbook, The Farthest South, won the New American Press Award. She has published an acclaimed book of poetry, The Habit of Buenos Aires, and a second chapbook. The winner of several national awards, including the Hackney Prize, she has published extensively both in the U.S. and her native Argentina.

Lorraine Healy’s poems have been described by critics as “elegant and well-crafted.”

This event will take place on Oct, 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu

Abi Curtis

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Tuesday, April 2nd
7:30pm

Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public.

Abi Curtis is the author of the poetry books Unexpected Weather and The Glass Delusion. Her beautifully crafted and highly accessible writing has been described by crtitics as “wondrous and unexpectedly funny.” Her work has been published in various journals and anthologies, including The London Review of Books, Magma, Ambit, Long Poem Magazine, Poetry South and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam.

Abi Curtis is a professor at York St. John University in England and directs their master’s programs in creative writing and literature studies.

This event will take place April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu

Thursday, March 7th
7:30pm

Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public.

Pacific’s Visiting Writers Series continues with readings from three local authors.

NASEEM RAKHA is an award-winning author and journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. Her first novel, The Crying Tree, tells the story of loss and forgiveness when a family loses a son. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and many animals.

LOIS LEVEEN dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. Lois has taught at UCLA and at Reed College, and is a regular contributor to Disunion, the New York Times, and her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous books, literary journals, and on NPR. Lois’ latest novel, The Secrets of Mary Bowser, has received positive reviews from Publishers’ Weekly, Kirkus Review, and The Oregonian.

ALEXIS MARGARET SMITH, author of the novel Glaciers, grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington. She attended Mount Holyoke College, Portland State University, and Goddard College, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in Tarpaulin Sky and on Powells.com.

This event will take place on March 7th, at 7:30 pm in Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall, free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club.   Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu

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Thursday, February 21st
7:30pm

McGill Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public.

KAREN AN-HWEI LEE is the author of Phyla of Joy, Ardor and In Medias Res, winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award.  The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in southern California, where she is a novice harpist. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and  Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

This reading will take place in McGill Auditorium in Marsh Hall on Thursday, February 21st, at 7:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Kathlene Postma at kathlene_postma@pacificu.edu.

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