C. R. Grimmer, Genevieve Hudson, & Suman Mallick: ALUMNI SHOWCASE READING
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 @ 4:00 PM PT, VIA ZOOM WEBINAR
C. R. Grimmer, who also goes by Chelsea Grimmer, is a poet, scholar, and lecturer at The University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses. Their latest collection is The Lyme Letters, which was completed with support from a Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Fellowship and won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press. They are also the author of *O–(ezekiel's wife)*, a chapbook and audiobook collaboration from GASHER Journal and Press that features visual art by PSU alum Colleen Burner and sound art by Judy Twedt. C. R. received their MFA from Portland State University and Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from The University of Washington, Seattle. They are the creator and host of The Poetry Vlog (TPV), a YouTube and Podcast teaching and social justice channel; and their poems have been published in journals such as Poetry, FENCE, and [PANK].
Genevieve Hudson is the author of the novel Boys of Alabama. Their other books include the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist. They hold an MFA in fiction from Portland State University, and their work has appeared in ELLE, Oprah Magazine, McSweeney’s, Catapult, Bookforum, Bitch, Tin House, and other places. They have received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, MacDowell, Caldera Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. They are a Visiting Fiction Faculty member at Antioch University-Los Angeles’s MFA Program, a freelance writer, and also work in advertising. They graduated from the Portland State MFA program and live in Portland, Oregon.
Suman Mallick’s debut novel, The Black-Marketer’s Daughter, was a finalist for the Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize and is now available from Atmosphere Press. He has short stories forthcoming in The Gravity of The Thing and other publications. Suman is the Assistant Managing Editor of the quarterly literary magazine Under the Gum Tree, and received his MFA from Portland State University. He lives in Texas.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 @ 4:00 PM PT, VIA ZOOM WEBINAR
Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies from MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation. Tenorio's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City. Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 @ 4:00 PM PT, VIA ZOOM WEBINAR
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar, and spoken word artist. She has edited two anthologies, Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements and Another World is Possible. Imarisha’s 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, and in 2015, she received a Tiptree Fellowship for her science fiction writing. Imarisha has taught at Stanford University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Oregon State University; she is currently on the faculty of Portland State University's Black Studies Program. 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. She was one of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop magazine AWOL.