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Fine arts series Jan. 5-12

Published on December 26, 2017 11:39AM

Vievee Francis, one of the authors coming to Seaside as part of a Pacific University series.

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Vievee Francis, one of the authors coming to Seaside as part of a Pacific University series.

Chris Abani, one of the authors coming to Seaside as part of a Pacific University series.

Courtesy Pacific University

Chris Abani, one of the authors coming to Seaside as part of a Pacific University series.


The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of the world’s finest contemporary writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place from Friday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 12, at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear master writers read on successive evenings. Featured authors include poet Vievee Francis, recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and fiction writer Chris Abani, recipient of the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.

All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, Judy Blunt, Vievee Francis and John McNally; Saturday, Jan. 6, Kwame Dawes, Pete Fromm & Willy Vlautin; Sunday, Jan. 7, Steve Amick, Claire Davis and Scott Korb; Monday, Jan. 8, Ellen Bass, Frank Gaspar and Valerie Laken; Tuesday, Jan. 9, Mike Magnuson, Mary Helen Stefaniak & Kellie Wells; Wednesday, Jan. 10, Chris Abani, Debra Gwartney and Joseph Millar; Thursday, Jan. 11, Marvin Bell, Jack Driscoll and Christopher Merrill; Friday, Jan. 12, Sanjiv Bhattacharya and Laura Hendrie.

The featured authors also teach at the residency where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the guided study that follows. Students leave the residency paired with a professional writer who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice.

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or visit pacificu.edu/mfa.



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