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Jackson Bliss Reading

Register here for the Jackson Bliss reading. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration. Jackson Bliss is the winner of the 2020 Noemi Press Award in Prose and the mixed-race/hapa author of Counterfactual Love Stories & Other Experiments (Noemi Press, 2021), Amnesia of June Bugs (7.13 Books, 2022), Dream Pop Origami (Unsolicited Press, 2022), and the speculative fiction hypertext, Dukkha, My Love (2017). His short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Ploughshares, Guernica, Antioch Review, ZYZZYVA, Longreads, TriQuarterly, Columbia Journal, Kenyon Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Witness, Fiction, Santa Monica Review, Boston Review, Juked, Quarterly West, Arts & Letters, Joyland, Fiction International, Pleiades, Hobart, African American Review, Stand (UK), 3:am Magazine, The Good Men Project, The Daily Dot, and Multiethnic Literature in the US, among others. He has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from USC. He is the Distinguished Visiting Writing at Bowling Green State University and lives in LA with his wife and their two…

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Michele Glazer and Janice Lee Reading

Register here for the Michele Glazer and Janice Lee reading. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration. Michele Glazer’s fourth collection, fretwork, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2021. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Glazer teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Portland State University. Comments on fretwork include: “Heir to Gerard Manley Hopkin’s unwavering gaze, Michele Glazer coolly attends to the arbitrary boundaries we claim between nature and culture and lets us witness how elusive and submerged human beings are to each other, especially at close proximity. I felt, in reading these poems, that this is someone who is tracking her world from an altogether different distance than the rest…

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“From South Street to Not Doctor Street: Historicism and the African American Novel” with Kenneth Warren

Join us for “From South Street to Not Doctor Street: Historicism and the African American Novel,” a lecture with Kenneth Warren. Prof. Warren’s lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. Kenneth Warren is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English at The University of Chicago. His work focuses on American and African American literature from the late nineteenth through the middle of the twentieth century, in particular the way debates about literary form and genre articulate with discussions of political and social change. He is the author of three books: What Was African American Literature? (2010), So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (2003), and Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism (1993).

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Making Comics with Ebony Flowers

Join award-winning comics creator Ebony Flowers, author of Hot Comb, for a hands-on and generative workshop. Participants will develop their ability as a writer, picture-maker, and observer while exploring spontaneous storytelling practices. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have a working draft of a short creative non-fiction comic. No drawing experience necessary! The synchronous workshop will be held on April 28 at 4pm on Zoom. An additional asynchronous (complete at your own pace) workshop will be available to registrants on April 5. Register here. Meet Your Instructor: Ebony is a cartoonist and an ethnographer. She was born and raised in Maryland. She holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the…

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Captions and Corpses: How to read an EC Comic

Join PSU’s Comics Studies program for a talk with Professor Qiana Whitted. In her talk, Prof. Qiana Whitted draws from her recent book on EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest to explore the 1950s publisher’s effort to distinguish between “entertaining” and “educational” reading practices that were mindful of the public’s anxieties over how comic books could influence young readers. Her discussion will consider the ways that EC’s writers and artists arranged the verbal and visual dynamics of the comics page to steer the potential impact of notorious crime and horror titles such “The Whipping” and “The Guilty.” Evaluating these creative choices raises important questions about the taboo combination of explicitness, incredulity, and reading pleasure that EC branded as “shock comics,” engaging complex social messages amid the…

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Walidah Imarisha

Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar, and spoken word artist. She has edited two anthologies, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements and Another World is Possible. Imarisha’s nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars, and in 2015, she received a Tiptree Fellowship for her science fiction writing. Imarisha has taught at Stanford University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Oregon State University; she recently joined the faculty of PSU’s Black Studies Program. For six years she presented statewide as a public scholar with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project on topics such as Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. She was one of…

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Ooligan and Beyond Series: Career Possibilities Panel

Celebrate twenty years of Ooligan Press by joining us for a panel discussion featuring some of our fabulous alumni to learn about the many different career possibilities for graduates of the book publishing program. Panelists include Jenny Kimura, YA book designer at Little, Brown; Dory Athey, who just hung out a shingle for a boutique marketing firm in Minnesota, having marketed for Counterpoint/Softskull (she’s also a zine maker); Lisa Hein, an editor working in production at U. Chicago Press; and Kate Barnes, who is an ebook producer at W. W. Norton. Register for the event here: https://forms.gle/onYwabefbeTXHA2i9

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Amuki Type Workshop

Join us for an in-depth workshop on modularity and typography with our Matthias Kemeny Lecture Speaker Amuki! About this Event Join us for an in-depth workshop on modularity and typography with our Matthias Kemeny Lecture Speaker Amuki! Known as “Amuki” (inner silence), Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray is an Ecuadorian designer. Her passion has led her to investigate the visual signs of the ancestral cultures of Latin America. She is known for her typeface, motion graphics and pattern design. Explore Vanessa’s work more at amuki.com.ec! zoom link: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/83655345688 You must be a PSU student to join. Please sign up with your PDX address. Only 8 seats available!

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Matthias Kemeny Endowed Design Lecture Series Presents: Amuki

Known as “Amuki” (inner silence), Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray is an Ecuadorian designer. Join us as we welcome her to PSUGD! About this Event Known as “Amuki” (inner silence), Vanessa Zúñiga Tinizaray is an Ecuadorian designer. Her passion has led her to investigate the visual signs of the ancestral cultures of Latin America. She is known for her typeface, motion graphics and pattern design. Vanessa will be offering a free lecture, as well as an exclusive eight-person, in-depth workshop on modularity and typography! Explore Vanessa’s work more at amuki.com.ec! Join us via zoom: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/84420457308 Promo by Cody Sheppard Shaw The Matthias Kemeny Design Lecture Series is coordinated and managed by the Portland State Graphic Design program. This series brings internationally celebrated design professionals annually to Portland…

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Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies from MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation. Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City. Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. **Register here for the Lysley Tenorio reading. A link will…

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