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Jereld R. Nicholson Library

The English Department and the Jerald R. Nicholson Library co-sponsor the Readings and the Nick series, which with each academic year brings a handful of nationally-acclaimed poets and writers to Linfield's McMinnville campus, where they speak with students and faculty and give a free public reading.

Events are subject to change. For more information, call 503-883-2517. Unless otherwise noted, all readings are at 7:30 pm and take place in the Austin Reading Room of the Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517

September 10: Pauls Toutonghi

Pauls Toutonghi was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times,Zoetrope: All-Story, The Boston Review, One Story, and numerous other periodicals. His first novel, Red Weather, came out from Random House in 2006. His latest novel, also from Random House, is Evel Knievel Days. After receiving his PhD in English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon—where he now teaches at Lewis & Clark College. He is the father of twins.

October 9: Brandon Schrand

Brandon R. Schrand is the author of Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem & Misbehavior (2013), and The Enders Hotel: A Memoir, the 2007 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize winner, a 2008 School Library Journal Best Adult Books for High School Students selection, a 2008 Idaho Book Award Honorable Mention Winner, and a 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His work has appeared in The Utne Reader, Tin House, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, and numerous other publications. He lives in Moscow, Idaho with his wife and two children where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho.

February 17: Barbara Drake

Long-time Linfield teacher and Founding Mother of the creative writing program, professor emerita Barbara Drake has written and published widely. Her textbook, Writing Poetry, saw multiple editions. She has authored several books and chapbooks of poems, including most recently Driving One Hundred. In the late 1980s, she and her husband moved to a farm outside Yamhill, Oregon, a move that resulted in her memoir, Peace at Heart, which was named an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999. Her newest book extends those interests and concerns. Published by Oregon State University Press and titled Morning Light, it carries the subtitle Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life. Of Barbara Drake's work, poet and memoirist Judith Barrington has said, “Underneath the well-honed poetic voice stretches a bedrock of wisdom gained from looking squarely at the world around her and at the passing of years in a life well examined.”

April 21: Linda Bierds

Linda Bierds was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and attended the University of Washington, where she received her BA and her MA. Her numerous books of poetry include Roget’s Illusion; First Hand; The Seconds; The Profile Makers; The Ghost Trio, which was named a Notable Book Selection by the American Library Association; Heart and Perimeter; and The Stillness, the Dancing. Bierds has received several Pushcart Prizes, as well as grants and awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the MacArthur Foundation, who praised her in 1998 as “a poet whose attention to historical detail and to narratives of lyric description sets her apart from the prevailing contemporary styles.” She has taught English and writing at the University of Washington since 1989, and was the director of its creative writing program from 1997 until 2000. She lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington.

May 5: Mary Szybist, Endi Bougue Hartigan

Mary Szybist is the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, and two Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her first book Granted won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

Endi Bogue Hartigan is author of two books of poetry. Her second book, Pool [5 choruses], was selected by Cole Swensen for the 2012 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize and is forthcoming in April, 2014. Her first book One Sun Storm was selected by Martha Ronk for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her poems have been published in Chicago Review, Verse, VOLT, Pleiades, The Oregonian, Northwest Review, Antioch Review, and other magazines. Her home is in Portland, Oregon with her husband, poet Patrick Playter Hartigan, and their son, Jackson.