The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome a distinguished group of visiting writers in the 2018-19 academic year. Additional details, times, and locations for these events will be posted here as they are finalized.

List of 2018-19 Readings; See Below for Plain Text

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Fall 2018

Gabriela Torres Olivares and Justin Hocking
Monday, October 29 at 6:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

Gabriela Torres OlivaresGabriela Torres Olivares was born in Monterrey, México. She is the author of three collections of short stories: Enfermario (2010), which Reforma named as one of the Best Books of 2010; Incompletario (2007); and Están Muertos (2004). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including Vice, Pic-Nic, Playboy, and Luvina. She received a 2015-16 grant from the National Fund for Culture and Arts to complete a novel. Les Figues Press published Enfermario in English (translated by Jennifer Donovan) in 2017.






Justin HockingJustin Hocking’s memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and was a Library Journal “Best Books of 2014” pick. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Orion, The Normal School, Portland Review, Tin House online, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. From 2006 to 2014, Hocking served as Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). He currently teaches creative nonfiction at Portland State University.






Diane Williams and Rodney Koeneke
Monday, November 5 at 6:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

Diane WilliamsDiane Williams is the author of nine books of fiction, including The Collected Stories of Diane Williams (Soho Press, 2018). She is the founder and editor of the literary annual NOON. She lives in New York City.







Rodney KoenekeRodney Koeneke is author of the poetry collections Body & Glass (Wave Books, 2018), Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until 2006, when he moved to Portland, Oregon. He teaches in the History Department at Portland State University.






Sean Davis and Matthew Robinson
Monday, November 19 at 6:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

Sean DavisSean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War and a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran. He won the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015, and the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader Human Rights Award in 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the Ted Talk book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), the anthology City of Weird (Forest Avenue Press), Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and elsewhere.






Matthew RobinsonMatthew Robinson is the author of The Horse Latitudes. He holds an MFA from Portland State University and is the 2016 recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship for Fiction. His writing has appeared in Propeller, Shirley, O-Dark Thirty, Nailed, Gobshite Quarterly, Split Lip, Clackamas Literary Review, and elsewhere. Matthew is co-editor of the online literary journal The Gravity of the Thing. He lives, writes, and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

Davis and Robinson are contributors to the new literary anthology The Jesus He Deserved, forthcoming December 14.





Winter 2019
Kisha Schlegel and Lynn Otto
Monday, January 28
Joshua Beckman
Monday, February 11
Paul Collins and Ted Van Alst
Monday, February 25
Suzanne Matson and Andrea Hollander
Monday, March 4

Spring 2019
Omar Pimienta
Monday, April 8
Leslie Jamison (Tin House Seminar Writer)
Thursday, May 23