Mountain Writers Series



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March 2017


Matthew Minicucci & Darlene Pagán

Reading Poetry
7:30 PM Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Floyds Old Town, 118 NW Couch, Portland OR 97209
Suggested donation: $5.00

Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and Small Gods, forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Wick Poetry Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also received his MFA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among others.




Read Minicucci's award-winning poem, "A Whale's Heart," selected by Dorianne Laux and editor Jazzy Danziger for the 2014 Best New Poets anthology. The poem is also the first poem in his award-winning collection Translation.

Matthew Minicucci will teach his first workshop for Mountain Writers this spring on Tuesday evenings for five weeks -- Lessons in the Echo: Mythology and Craft.


Darlene Pagán is the author of a collection of poetry, Setting the Fires (Airlie Press, 2015) and a chapbook, Blue Ghosts (Finishing Line Press 2011). Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including Field Magazine, Calyx, Hiram Poetry Review, and Literal Latté, and earned national awards and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Pagán spent brief summers in Europe and Mexico, and moved to Texas before settling in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches writing and literature at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She is currently working on a memoir, The Safest Place to Fall.

Read poems by Darlene Pagán from her volume of poetry, Setting the Fires from Airlie Press (2015).

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This event is made possible by support from the Oregon Arts Commission.



May 2017

Alan Peterson
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Details forthcoming.


June 2017

Christopher Howell & Joseph Millar
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Book Launch & Reading


Howell's Love's Last Note: Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2017)
Millar's Kingdom (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017)



Details of the book-launch event are forthcoming.

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