2017-2018 Series

Walidah Imarisha

Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall 216

This reading is free and open to the public.

A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and spoken word artist. Her nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars. She is currently working on an Oregon Black history book, forthcoming from AK Press. Imarisha has taught in Stanford University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department, and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department. For six years, she presented statewide as a public scholar with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project on topics such as Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop, and has toured the country several times performing, lecturing and challenging.

Walidah’s book, Angels With Dirty Faces, will be for sale at the reading.

This event is sponsored by the creative writing and literature programs and the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information.

Chitra Divakaruni

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:30 PM
Pacific University
Taylor Auditorium, 2nd Floor Marsh Hall 216

This reading is free and open to the public.

Indian-American writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies. Several of her novels and stories have been made into films and plays. She has won an American Book Award, a Light of India award, a Premio Scanno (Italy), and a Barbara Deming award, among others. Divakaruni teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston and writes for both adults and children. In 2015, she was chosen by the Economic Times for their list Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women. Her latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, about the deep and complicated bond between mothers and daughters, came out in April 2016 from Simon and Schuster and became an international bestseller.

Chitra’s book, Before we Visit the Goddess, will be for sale at the reading.

This event is sponsored by the creative writing and literature programs and the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact Professor Kathlene Postma for more information.

 

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