RELEASE: Marylhurst Reading Series to feature diverse, acclaimed writers

Poets and novelists from New York City, Tucson, Cincinnati and across Oregon to visit for Marylhurst Reading Series

Darius Kazemi and Stephanie Adams-Santos at Marylhurst University

Darius Kazemi and Stephanie Adams-Santos will give a poetry reading at Marylhurst University on Nov. 15, 2016.

Each year, Marylhurst University brings an incredible group of diverse writers and thinkers to the Portland metropolitan area for the Marylhurst Reading Series. These writers share their love of language and unique insights into contemporary culture. All readings are free.

In 2016-17, Marylhurst creative writing alum Jenny M. Chu joins the series’ curator, Jay Ponteri, as co-curator. Jenny also holds an M.F.A. from the University of San Francisco and is presently program coordinator at Write Around Portland.

The following is a summary of each event; for full details, see

Matt Hart, Marylhurst Reading Series, Marylhurst University

Matt Hart

Thursday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Hart

Matt Hart is the author of six books of poems. He’ll read from two, both published in 2016: Radiant Action and Radiant Companion. Hart is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Tuesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Darius Kazemi & Stephanie Adams-Santos

Darius Kazemi and Stephanie Adams-Santos will give a poetry reading. Darius Kazemi is an Internet artist under the moniker Tiny Subversions. His best known works are the Random Shopper (a program that bought him random stuff from Amazon each month) and Content, Forever (a tool to generate rambling thinkpieces of arbitrary length). Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American writer, educator and divination artist. She is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown. Both Kazemi and Adams-Santos currently reside in Portland.

Brian Blanchfield, Marylhurst Reading Series, Marylhurst University

Brian Blanchfield

Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Brian Blanchfield

Poet Brian Blanchfield will read from his most recent book of essays, Proxies. Blanchfield is the recipient of the 2014 James Laughlin Award and the 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. He lives in Tucson and works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Thursday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m.
Danielle Deulen
& Chloe Caldwell
Prose writers Danielle Deulen and Chloe Caldwell will read from their recent books, The Riots and I’ll Tell You In Person, respectively.

Danielle Deulen, Chloe Caldwell, Marylhurst Reading Series, Marylhurst University

Danielle Deulen & Chloe Caldwell

Danielle Deulen’s memoir, The Riots, won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. She currently lives in Salem, Oregon where she teaches creative writing at Willamette University. Chloe Caldwell is also the author of the novella Women and essay collection Legs Get Led Astray. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in New York City and lives in Hudson, New York.

About the Marylhurst Reading Series

The Marylhurst Reading Series is an annual series that brings a diverse group of acclaimed writers and thinkers to Marylhurst University. The writers share their love of language and unique insights into contemporary culture. The series is sponsored by Marylhurst’s English Literature and Writing program and supported by the Thomas Binford Endowment Fund for Writing. All readings are free and open to the public.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.


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