It’s my pleasure to announce this fall’s Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University. The following events are free and open to the public. All will take place in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library. Books will be for sale, courtesy of the Willamette Store. I hope to see you there.
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Poet, memoirist, civil rights advocate; author of the prison memoir, A Question of Freedom, and two books of poetry: Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010) and Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015); President Obama named him a member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
An Uncanny Evening with Marjorie Sandor and Friends
A performance of stories from The Uncanny Reader, edited by Marjorie Sandor. With appearances by Sigmund Freud and others. Just in time for Halloween.
Monday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
New Voices Showcase: Poet Alicia Jo Rabins and Fiction Writer Sean Bernard
Alicia Jo Rabins is the author of Divinity School, winner of the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; she’s also a composer, performer, and Torah scholar, whose one-woman chamber rock opera, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, was named one of the best theater performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week. Sean Bernard won the Juniper Prize for Fiction for his story collection Desert Sonorous, and his first novel will be published this fall by Red Hen Press; he is also the fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review and a professor at the University of La Verne.
Wednesday, November 18, 5 p.m.
Creative Writing Faculty New Books Celebration
Help celebrate the success of Willamette’s creative writing program, and hear readings by three of our faculty members whose new books have been published this fall: Danielle Cadena Deulen, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (poetry); Stephanie Lenox, The Business (poetry); Scott Nadelson, Between You and Me (novel).
Associate Professor of English