Pacific University has been hosting the Visiting Writers Series since 2010 and has brought nearly thirty authors to the Forest Grove campus. During the event, the featured author reads from selected works, and there is an opportunity for a Question & Answer session. This event is sponsored by the English Department, and hosted by the English Club. Attendance is free and open to the public.
One of the most notable novelists to visit Forest Grove is Lisa Genova, whose book, “Still Alice,” was made into a film for which Julianne Moore won an Oscar for Best Actress. Genova self-published her book after receiving a host of rejections that said a story about a middle-aged woman with Early Onset Alzheimer’s would not sell.
“One of the messages that students receive from the visiting writer’s program,” said Chair of the English Department, Darlene Pagan, “is seeing how real writers live and work, whether their craft is something they can devote their lives to, like Genova.”
On March 10 in Taylor Auditorium, students and faculty can catch the next featured author, Brenda Miller. She is most well-known for her book “Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays, Blessing of the Animals”, and “Season of the Body.” Her other works include co-writing a short poem collection “The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World”, and also “Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, Second Edition.” Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes, and all six prize-winning essays are included in “Listening Against the Stone.”
Miller lives in Bellingham, WA, with her dog Abbe. Miller also directs the MFA program in Creative Writing and the MA program in English Studies at Western Washington University. She also serves as the Editor in Chief of the Bellingham Review.