2021 Readings and Lectures

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Mary Szybist and Jerry Harp: A Poetry Reading & Conversation, Feb. 10, 5pm Zoom

Mary Szybist and Jerry Harp

Join us for an intimate reading by two celebrated Portland poets and scholars who teach at Lewis & Clark College.  Mary Szybist is the author of Incarnadine, which won the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry, and recipient of fellowships from Guggenheim, NEA, Rona Jaffe, and Witter Byner Foundations.  Jerry Harp books of poems include Creature, Gatherings, and Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains.  He has co-edited A Poetry Criticism Reader, and his reviews and essays appear regularly in Pleiades.

Join the free Zoom webinar, co-hosted by the Garaventa Center. For further information, contact the Garaventa Center: 503.943-7702 or garaventa@up.edu.


Ibram X. Kendi, Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer/ReadUP author, March 31 5pm Zoom

Ibram X. Kendi

This year's ReadUP selection is How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, who will be speaking at a virtual event as part of this year’s annual Schoenfeldt Writers Series. 

How to Be an Antiracist was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and The Washington Post. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. He won a National Book Award in 2016 for his non-fiction book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.  His most recent book weaves memoir, American history, and self-scrutiny to explore the transformative and liberating concept of antiracism. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas that help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.




Ösel Jessica Plante, Wednesday Oct. 27, 7pm UP Bookstore (co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center)   

Osel Jessica Plante

Plante’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Best New Poets 2017 & 2019Best Small Fictions 2016, Narrative Magazine, and Passages North, among others. She is winner of the 2018 Meridian Editors Prize in poetry, Honorable Mention in the 2018 Gulf Coast Prize, and Finalist in the 2019 Nimrod International Literary Awards. Plante is a former fellow of the Vermont Studio Center. She holds an MA in English from the University of North Texas, an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a PhD in poetry from Florida State University. She’s originally from Massachusetts but now writes and works at University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.

2021 Works by Ösel Jessica Plante


Anders Carlson-Wee, Tues. November 9, 7:30 UP Bookstore

Anders Carlson-Wee

Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (Norton, 2019), a New York Public Library Book Group Selection. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed,  Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, Oxford American, The Sun, Best New Poets, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, Poets & Writers, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and is represented by Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. www.anderscarlsonwee.com

2021 Works by Anders Carlson-Wee


Mitchell S. Jackson, Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer, Wednesday Nov. 10, 7:30, Buckley Center Auditorium (an in-person and livestreamed event)

 Mitchell S. Jackson

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Mitchell Jackson joins our campus as a Schoenfeldt Writer joins us for a talk “Prison to the Pen: Mitchell S. Jackson’s Extraordinary Journey.”  A native of Portland (now a professor at Arizona State University), Jackson’s work explores his hometown, including the systemic forces that shaped his community, his family, and his early life.  His acclaimed novel The Residue Years won the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence.  His memoir Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family explores hardships that shaped his life, including the racial history of Oregon, American whiteness, mass incarceration, the economics of sex work, violence, and broken families – a microcosm of forces blighting untold disenfranchised Americans.  This year, his profile of Ahmaud Arbery in Runner’s WorldTwelve Minutes and a Life”, won the Pulitzer Prize.  Jackson’s honors include a Whiting Award and fellowships from TED, Guggenheim, the Lannan Foundation, and many others.  He serves on the board of Literary Arts in Portland, and is at work on his next novel, John of Watts, which follows the rise and fall of a cult leader in Oregon.


This event will be held in Buckley Center Auditorium and livestreamedadvanced registration is required for all attendees.


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