English Department Events
Readings at the Nick 2017-18
Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library, Linfield College
October 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm: Lex Runciman and Robert Wrigley, a poetry reading
Lex Runciman was born in Portland, Oregon. The first in his family to graduate from college, he earned his MFA from the University of Montana, where he studied with Madeline DeFrees and Richard Hugo and was a classmate of Robert Wrigley’s. Runciman has published four college textbooks, two anthologies, and six collections of poems, including The Admirations, which won the Oregon Book Award. His new and selected poems, Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016, was published in 2017. His work has appeared in such magazines and journals as Ploughshares, Southern Review, Northwest Review, and The Gettysburg Review, as well as in a number of anthologies, including From Here We Speak, the poetry volume of the Oregon Literature Series from Oregon State University Press. Professor Runciman began teaching at Linfield in 1992 and, after twenty-five years of service to the college, retired just last year.
Robert Wrigley was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. The first male for generations to escape work in a coal mine, he, too, was the first in his family to graduate from college. Wrigley earned his MFA from the University of Montana, where he studied with Madeline DeFrees and Richard Hugo and was a classmate of Lex Runciman’s. His collections of poetry include Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems, winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Beautiful Country, Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems, Lives of the Animals, winner of the Poets Prize, Reign of Snakes, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, and In the Bank of Beautiful Sins, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. His latest collection is entitled Box. Wrigley recently retired from directing the MFA program at the University of Idaho, and he lives with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes, in the woods of Idaho.
October 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm: Langdon Cook, a nonfiction reading
Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager. Cook’s writing has been nominated for a James Beard Award and a Pushcart Prize. He has been profiled in Bon Appetit, WSJ magazine, Whole Living, and Salon.com, and his writing appears in numerous magazines, newspapers, and online journals, including Terrain, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Eating Well, Outside, The Stranger, and Seattle Magazine, where he’s a regular columnist. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and the University of Washington, Cook lives in Seattle with his wife, poet Martha Silano, and their two children.
November 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm: Danielle Cadena Deulen, a poetry and memoir reading
Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of three books: The Riots, which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award, Lovely Asunder, which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award, and Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, which won the Barrow Street Book Contest. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Utne Reader, and The Missouri Review, as well as several anthologies, including Best New Poets, and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays. She is the poetry editor of Acre Books and lives in Salem, Oregon, where she teaches for Willamette University.
February 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm: John Daniel, a fiction reading
John Daniel is the author of ten books of essays, memoir, poetry, and fiction, including The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature, Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone, and Of Earth: New and Selected Poems. A three-time Oregon Book Award winner, Daniel’s newest book, a first novel, is set during the 1990s in the Oregon Coast Range foothills where he lives. Daniel is chair of PEN Northwest, a regional branch of the writers’ organization PEN America, and in that role administers the annual Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency in the Rogue River canyon. He lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon.
April 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm: Anis Mojgani, a poetry/memoir performance
Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and he is the author of three poetry collections: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, and Over the Anvil We Stretch. His latest book, The Pocketknife Bible, is a fully illustrated poetry-memoir. Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Weaving dream-like tales that dip into imaginative imagery, Anis’s poems make the ordinary almost surreal and, through jolts of wide-eyed writing and striking honesty, make that which is fantastical remarkably relatable. Both innocent and heartbreaking, introspective and curious, the humanity his work carries causes listeners to remember and experience a childhood that is not their own but feels like it was. In the words of Tony Hoagland, “Anis Mojgani restores us to the genius of child-mind—his poems are heroic adventures that take us outward and upward for our own collective good.” Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Oregon.