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Reading Series features diverse authors

Poets, novelists from New York City, Tucson, Cincinnati and Oregon to visit Marylhurst

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Poet Matt Hart will open the Marylhurst Reading Series Oct.  27. Hart is associate professor of creative writing and the chairman of liberal arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

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

For the 2016-2017 series, Marylhurst creative writing alum Jenny M. Chu joins Jay Ponteri as co-curator. Chu holds an M.F.A. from the University of San Francisco and is presently program coordinator at Write Around Portland.

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, and take place in The Old Library, BP John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst.

The series begins with a reading by poet Matt Hart at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The author of six books of poems, Hart will read from two which were published in 2016, “Radiant Action” and “Radiant Companion.” Hart is associate professor of

creative writing and the chairman of liberal arts at the Art Academy

of Cincinnati.

The following is a summary of future readings; for full details, see marylhurst.edu/readingseries.

Darius Kazemi and Stephanie Adams-Santos, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15. 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, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. 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.

Danielle Deulen and Chloe Caldwell, 3:30 p.m. May 11. Prose writers Danielle Deulen and Chloe Caldwell will read from their recent books, “The Riots” and “I’ll Tell You in Person,” respectively. Deulen’s memoir, “The Riots,” won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. She currently lives in Salem, where she teaches creative writing at Willamette University.

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.