Kim Van Alkemade

Kim van Alkemade Photo jpegThursday, September 24, 2015
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall

This reading is free and open to the public.

Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical novel Orphan # 8. Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak.

Alkemade spent eight years researching and writing Orphan # 8. The research began with her interest in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, in which her grandfather, Victor Berger, and his brothers, Charlie and Seymour, grew up. Many of the characters and events in Orphan # 8 were inspired by her family history.

Born in New York, NY, she earned a BA in English and History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and is a writing professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Jericho Brown

Jericho 2Thursday, October 29, 2015
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

Jericho Brown is the author of two books of poetry. His most recent collection, The New Testament, was described by Yusef Komunyakaa as a chronicle of “life and death, personal rituals and blasphemies, race and nation, the good and the bad.”

His first collection of poetry, Please, won the 2009 American Book Award. The collection has received tremendous praise since its release; Ilya Kaminsky notes: “His lyrics are memorable, muscular, majestic… Brown’s poems are living on the page.”

Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award among others. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, and worked as a speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans. He is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Karen McPherson

Karen McPhersonThursday, November 12, 2015
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

Karen McPherson is a poet, literary translator, editor in the Airlie Press collective, and Professor of French and francophone literature at the University of Oregon.

She has three books published and two collections of poetry: a poetry chapbook called Sketching Elise, and a full-length poetry volume, Skein of Light.

McPherson’s poems and translations have appeared in journals and anthologies including Calyx, Fireweed, Cider Press Review, Potomac Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, the Lane Literary Guild anthology Dona Nobis Pacem, the anthology Bigger Than They Appear, and more.

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.

Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique 2Thursday, February 25, 2016
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh

This event is free and open to the public.

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, and the novel Land of Love and Drowning. She has also had publications in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more.

BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize.

Yanique grew up in the Hospital Ground/Round da Field neighborhood of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She graduated from All Saints Cathedral School and the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra program. She is now an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio Honors programs at the New School in New York City and lives with her husband and daughter.

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.

Brenda Miller

Brenda MillerThursday, March 10, 2016
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

Brenda Miller is the author of Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays, Blessing of the Animals, and Season of the Body. She co-authored, with poet Holly J. Hughes, The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World and is also the co-author of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, 2nd Edition.

Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes, and all six prize-winning essays are included in Listening Against the Stone. Her essays have been published in many journals, including Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun, Utne Reader, The Georgia Review, and The Missouri Review.

Miller directs the MFA program in Creative Writing and the MA program in English Studies at Western Washington University and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review. She lives in Bellingham, WA, with her dog Abbe.

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.

Lisa Genova

Lisa GenovaThursday, March 5
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall

This reading is free and open to the public

Lisa Genova’s novel Still Alice depicts in fearless detail the life of a female professor after a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The novel has spent over 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and is now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore. Moore has won a Golden Globe and been nominated for an Oscar for her role in this film.

Genova’s other bestselling novels include Left Neglected and Love Anthony. Both present characters coping with illnesses affecting the brain, as does her forthcoming novel Inside the Olargerformatstillalice‘Brien’s.

A Harvard-educated neuroscientist with an undergraduate degree in biopsychology from Bates College, Genova travels worldwide speaking on Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, and Huntington’s disease. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and the Today Show.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Science, and the English club. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information.

Robert Boswell

Photo credit: Bill Faulkner

Photo credit: Bill Faulkner

Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:30pm
The Milky Way Building, 2017 21st Ave.
This reading is free and open to the public

Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, and two books of nonfiction. His work has earned him two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Boswell’s most recent novel, entitled Tumbledown, has been called, “A moving and often darkly hilarious meditation on sanity” by the Houston Chronicle. Author Richard Russo says, “Boswell’s real talent is for telling us the truth.”

Boswell holds the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

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.

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