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Acclaimed authors gather at the seaside

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host readings by leading contemporary writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside.

The series offers a rare opportunity for the public to hear leading writers read on successive evenings. The readings are free and at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

The lineup includes Kwame Dawes, recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize; Pete Fromm, five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award; and many others.

While exact times had not yet been set, the published author readings are scheduled after lunch each day.

Jan. 10: Marvin Bell, Claire Dederer, Pete Fromm

Jan. 11: Ellen Bass, Jack Driscoll, Debra Gwartney

Jan. 12: Frank Gaspar, Scott Korb, Mahtem Shiferraw

Jan. 13: Chris Abani, Mike Magnuson, Mary Helen Stefaniak

Jan. 14: Claire Davis, Valerie Laken, Joseph Millar

Jan. 15: Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Shara McCallum, Kellie Wells

Jan. 16: Kwame Dawes, Cate Kennedy

Jan. 17: Molly Gloss, Shelley Washburn

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, contact Shelley Washburn at 503-352-1531 or

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