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MFA Creative Writing Winter Residency Kick-Off Reading

Jan 4 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


Graduate Community Events

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Poets Alison C. Rollins, Brandon Shimoda, and Alejandro de Acosta read from their most recent works at 6:30 pm in Room 601 on Saturday, January 4th as part of the Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Winter Residency Kick-Off. This event is free and open to the public.

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, is the Lead Teaching and Learning Librarian for Colorado College. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her poetry collection Library of Small Catastrophes is with Copper Canyon Press.

Brandon Shimoda’s most recent books are Evening Oracle (poetry/prose, Letter Machine, which received the 2016 William Carlos Williams Award), The Desert (poetry/prose, forthcoming from The Song Cave), and The Grave on the Wall (nonfiction,City Lights). He is currently researching/writing a book about the ongoing ruins of Japanese American incarceration. He lives, for now, in the desert.

Alejandro de Acosta is a teacher, writer, and translator, in no particular order; he also helps people make books. He has translated philosophy and poetry from Spanish and French; he has also published two books of critical and experimental essays. He currently lives in Olympia, WA.