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Visiting Writers

Oregon Book Award-winners and New York Times-bestsellers, acclaimed novelists and poets – each year the English department, with support from the Nicholson Library, brings four or five visiting writers to Linfield. These writers work directly with creative writing majors and minors and give a public reading of their work as part of the Readings at the Nick series. It's an amazing opportunity!

Past visiting writers include Luis Alberto Urrea, Peter Ho Davies, Mary Szybist, Nickole Brown, Robert Wrigley, Keetje Kuipers, Ross Gay and many others.

Poet, novelist and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea spent two days during the fall 2022 semester conducting workshops for student writers and sharing his new work.

During the spring 2021 semester, acclaimed poet and essayist Ross Gay held a virtual reading for students and the Linfield community.


  • A Poetry Extravaganza with Anis Mojgani, Endi Bogue Hartigan, and Lex Runciman, October 17
  • Annie Lampman, November 15, 2023
  • Sinyda Bhanoo, November 29, 2023
  • Elena Passarello and Jesse Donaldson, March 12, 2024
  • Jane Wong, April 19, 2024
  • Shane McCrae, April 30, 2024

2022-23 Visiting Writers

  • Sean Prentiss, environmental poet and essayist, October 20-21, 2022
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, poet and novelist, November 14-16, 2022
  • Rebecca Wadlinger, poet, February 27, 2023
  • Apricot Irving, memoirist, April 4, 2023
  • Claire O'Connor, writer-in-residence at Linfield University, April 11, 2023