Low Residency Creative Writing Winter Residency---Jan 2-12, 2022
December 14, 2021
Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at PNCA
January 2-12, 2022/ Everything can be accessed via PNCA's Youtube Channel
Conversations (Room 413)
Sunday, January 2, 9am PST
Minor Detail: A Conversation
Sara Jaffe and Poupeh Missaghi
In her novel Minor Detail, Palestinian author Adania Shibli uses the concept of the “minor detail” to address grand atrocities through a historical multiperspective framework. We will have a conversation about/around the book, discussing narrative style, language justice, memory practices, and addressing violence in literature. We encourage everyone to read the (short!) novel beforehand.
Monday, January 3, 9am PST
Alison C Rollins and Brandon Shimoda
Work-in-Progress, Progress-in-Work. We are going to interview each other/have a conversation about our respective works-in-progress–Alison’s The Red Curator and Brandon’s untitled book on Japanese American incarceration–towards an illumination/understanding of the process of conceiving/reconceiving, researching, drafting, thinking and living with and through (etc.) a creative work, as, itself, an autonomous work within the larger evolution/experience. We will also discuss, more broadly, the nature, status, potentialities, and phenomena, of work-in-progress, including work that remains, forever, in-progress (i.e. Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família), what happens when a work-in-progress becomes a finished work, and the idea that finished work acts as a memorial to the creative process.
Tuesday, January 4, 9am PST
Why am I here now and what is my next move?*
Kristin P Bradshaw and Jay Ponteri
What is the work of being an artist? And why do we make what we make? Why do we do the work we do? How and when does the work we do intersect with or become advocacy for social justice, for equity, and for non-violence? When does the work begin and when does the work end? I mean, does the work of being a writer stop if we can fall asleep and dream? What does it mean to be branded an “enemy of the state,” as George and Mary Oppen were during the Red Scare of the 1950s? What does it mean to ask the question why versus the question how? How, when, and why does the private self-talk that writing seems to be, amid composition, begin to enter into the public discourse? The title of our conversation comes from the narrator of Dionne Brand’s novel Theory and echoes the impulses that gave way to the human development of language---to locate ourselves, to tell the story of how we arrived in this place and who we’re becoming. This improvised conversation will explore these questions and adjacent questions that might arise, considering the thinking from artists and writers such as Isaac Babel, Dionne Brand, Alma Thomas, June Jordan, Etel Adnan, Horace, Boethius, and Joy Harjo.
Sunday, January 2, 7pm PST
Alejandro de Acosta & Alison C Rollins, Room 601
Monday, January 3, 7pm PST
7pm: Sara Jaffe & Brandon Shimoda, Room 601
Tuesday, January 4, 7pm PST
Kristin Bradshaw, Poupeh Missaghi, & Jay Ponteri, Room 601
Tuesday, Jan 11, 7pm PST
An Evening with Venita Blackburn at The Alberta Abbey
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!