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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.
Jan 2 - 12
June 22 - July 2
PNCA’s Low-Residency Creative Writing Program receives generous support from Pacific Power and from the Collins Foundation.
On Thursday, June 23rd, PNCA's Low Residency Creative Writing MFA launches "Summer School" as part of its Summer 2022 Residency. Summer School consists of the 6 graduating LRCW students offering Generative Making Sessions, free and open to the public. Folks can attend via Zoom or in-person at 511 NW Broadway, Room 413.
Low Residency Creative Writing Alumni Fellow Joanna Kaufman exhibits in PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
Low Residency Creative Writing Alumni Fellow Joanna Kaufman exhibits show oof paintings in PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture. The show is titled WHEELS OF and will be up for the duration of the Low Residency Creative Writing Residency, June 22-July 2.
MA Critical Studies Alum Justin Duyao interviews Low Residency Creative Writing Summer 2022 Guest Artist K-Ming Chang.
Low Residency Creative Writing Summer Residency includes new faculty LaTanya McQueen and Guest Artist K-Ming Chang
PNCA’s Low Residency Creative Writing Summer Residency begins on June 22 and goes till July 2nd. We welcome new faculty LaTanya McQueen and Guest Artists K-Ming Chang and Melanie Stevens.
PNCA's Low Residency Creative Writing Program is so pleased to announce the prose writer LaTanya McQueen will be joining the faculty for Summer 2022's residency. She will work give a talk and public reading and co-teach a workshop during the residency.
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.