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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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.

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.

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 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.

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.