2015-2016 Series

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.

Van Alkemade spent eight years writing Orphan # 8. Her research grew from an interest in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, where her grandfather and uncles grew up. The inspiration for her novel specifically came from a motion she found made by orphanage directors in 1920 for the purchase of wigs for children who had been used for radiation experiments.

She holds a BA in English and History and an MA and PhD in English. Alkemade 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 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 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 2Thursday, February 18, 2016
7:30 PM
Pacific University
The Milky Way 2017 21st Ave., Forest Grove

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.

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 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.

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