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Marylhurst Reading Series

The Marylhurst Reading Series brings an incredible group of emerging and acclaimed writers and thinkers to Marylhurst University. The writers share their love of language and unique insights into contemporary culture. All readings are open and free to the public.

The series is sponsored by Marylhurst's English Literature and Writing program and supported by the Thomas Binford Endowment Fund for Writing.

2014-2015 Reading Series


Tuesday, October 21

Carl Adamshick's first collection, Curses and Wishes, won the Walt Whitman Award in 2010, selected by Marvin Bell. He's received an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts and is a cofounder of Tavern Books.

He and Emily Kendal Frey will read from their poetry collections Saint Friend (McSweeney's Books, 2014) and The Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books, 2014) in the Old Library at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday, October 21
Emily Kendal Frey is of another full-length collection, The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), which was selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center's 2010 First Book Prize by Rae Armantrout and Poetry Society of America's 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award.


Thursday, November 20

Novelist and short story writer Peter Rock will read from forthcoming fiction in the Old Library at 5 pm. Peter Rock's most recent novel is The Shelter Cycle (Houghton Mifflin, 2013). His previous novel, My Abandonment, won an Alex Award, the Utah Book Award, and been published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and other awards, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches writing at Reed College.


Tuesday, February 24

Poet Darcie Dennigan will read from her most recent book of poems Madame X (Canarium Books, 2012) in the Old Library at 5 pm. Dennigan's first collection of poems, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, was selected by Alice Fulton for the Poets Out Loud Prize. She's the recipient of a Discovery/The Nation Award, as well as awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, and elsewhere. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


Thursday, May 14

Essayist Elena Passarello will read from her recent book Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande Books, 2013) in Villa Maria at 3:30 pm. Passarello's essays on performance, nature, and pop culture have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Slate, Iowa Review, Normal School, Literary Bird Journal, and Ninth Letter. In 2011, Elena became the first woman winner of the annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest in New Orleans. She now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where she is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.

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