PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing offers lectures and readings from June 24 to July 3.

June 03, 2021

PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, part of the Hallie Ford School of Grad Studies, offers public programming — lectures and readings— all free and open to the public as part of their Summer 2021 Residency. 

Here is a list of talks given by LRCW Faculty (passwords for Zoom events: 515000).

Thursday, June 24, 10 AM PST: Zoom

Undrowned: Wake Work, Water Words by Alison C Rollins

Friday, June 25, 10 AM PST: Zoom

In Transit by Jay Ponteri

Saturday, June 26, 10 AM PST: Zoom

The Art of Failure by Vi Khi Nao

Sunday, June 27, 10 AM PST: Zoom


Saturday, July 3, 10 AM PST:Zoom

Almost unoriginal writing and unsticking protocols by Alejandro de Acosta

Here is a listing of this summer’s Faculty and Guest Artists Readings.

Thursday, June 24, 7 PM PST : Zoom

Fiction Writers Jess Arndt and Sara Jaffe and Poet Alison C. Rollins

Friday, June 25, 7 PM PST: Zoom 

Translator Alejandro de Acosta and Creative nonfiction writer Jay Ponteri 

Friday, July 2, 7 pm PST :  Zoom & Alberta Abbey 

Poets Juleen Eun Sun Johnson, Vi Khi Nao, and Cedar Sigo read poetry from their most recent works. People can attend on Zoom or in person at the Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta Street. To attend in person, please RSVP via our Eventbrite.


The inaugural graduating class of PNCA’s Low Residency Creative Writing Program will be giving readings of their work in the coming days. We invite you (and encourage you) to attend this celebration of their accomplishments in-person or on Zoom!  If you know someone in the community who would like to attend, they are also welcome on Zoom.

7 pm: Wednesday, June 30

Jeremy Cushman, Eric Lelack, Brian Moore, Rowan Solana

Zoom / 410

7 pm: Thursday, July 1

Kasey Anderson, Wendy Battles, Olivia Fishwick, Janna Lopez

Zoom / 410

 5 pm: Saturday, July 3

Sarah Bat Anderson, Cheryl David, Riley Danvers, Joanna Kaufman, Christopher Zimmerly-Beck

Zoom / Mediatheque

About Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Encouraging experimentation within and across writing forms, genres, and mediums, the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing features dynamic faculty and intensive residencies to hone skills for a lifelong sustainable writing practice.