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The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program is unique in that it considers language as one among many available materials. Situated in a school of art and design known for its strong support of interdisciplinary practices, our program encourages experimentation within and across writing forms, genres, and mediums along with a variety of publishing formats to include print, digital, sound, performance, and text-image works. This is writing as studio art.
The program offers tracks in prose, poetry, cross-genre, and literary translation. Portland-based residencies in winter and summer are supplemented with mentor-based independent work throughout the rest of the year.
- June 20-30
- Jan 2 - 12
- June 20-30
2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition Announcement
We are thrilled to announce Pacific Northwest College of Art's 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition!
On view across three locations in downtown Portland, Oregon May 4 ~ May 21, 2023
Please join us for a First Thursday Opening Reception on May 4 from 5pm - 8pm!
Graduate Lecture Series Re-Cap with Author Vi Khi Nao
Low-Residency in Creative Writing hosted a reading/Q&A with writer/poet/effortlessly cool Vi Khi Nao
LRCW Faculty Vi Khi Nao on tour in the PNW, March 7th to the 11th
Faculty Vi Khi Nao is on tour in the Pacific Northwest, first on a visit to Portland to read at PNCA and then to Seattle for the 2023 AWP Conference.
Literature and Art as Modes of Resistance, as Modes of Solidarity: A Day of Action for/with Iran
On Thursday, January 12th, from 12-4 pm PST, Ashes Literary and Arts Collective invites you to the Pacific Northwest College of Art for a gathering to amplify the voices of #WomanLifeFreedom revolution in Iran.
Creative Writing Residency: Week 1 Recap
Highlights include a reading at Nationale art gallery between Dao Strom, Sara Jaffe and Jay Ponteri, a rizo print workshop and more!
Writing in Portland
Our annual residencies are in the heart of Portland, Oregon where we are deeply integrated into its community of artists and writers who have made a real commitment to making art that is revelatory, experimental, and that advocates for social justice.
The program draws upon our existing strong relationships with partners in our burgeoning Portland literary scene—including Write Around Portland (WRAP), IN TRANSLATION Reading Series, Literary Arts, Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), Regional Arts & Cultural Council (RACC), Mother Foucault’s bookshop, Powell’s Books, Passages Bookshop, Poetry Press Week, Tender Table, Street Books, along with a host of local, regional, and national small presses, e.g., Tavern Books, Gramma Poetry, New Directions, Wave Books, Hawthorne Books, among others.
Thanks to a Collins Foundation Grant, we are able to fulfill our envisioning principle of encouraging equity in race, gender, and sexual identification/orientation in American literary culture.
For more information or for any questions about the program, email Jay Ponteri, Director of Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing, or Graduate Admissions.Request Info