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Feb. 23: Award-winning poet, translator to read
January 30, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – Writer and translator Rebecca Gayle Howell will give a free, public poetry reading and answer questions at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Museum of Art as part of the Washington State University English Department Visiting Writer Series.

Oct. 28: Julian Sands performs as Nobel poet Pinter
October 10, 2016

By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

julian-sandsPULLMAN, Wash. – British actor and “A Room with a View” film star Julian Sands will perform “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” live at Washington State University’s Jones Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Oct. 20: Award-winning poet to read, discuss work
October 14, 2014

Hillman-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Brenda Hillman – teacher, activist and award-winning author of nine volumes of poetry – will read and discuss her work at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Museum of Art/WSU. The free, public event is part of the Washington State University Visiting Writer Series.

Oct. 22: State poet laureate to read, discuss work
October 15, 2013

Flenniken-2013PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken’s life and work have taken twists and turns since she earned her degree in civil engineering at Washington State University in 1983.

“Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy” to be presented on campus
September 25, 2009

PULLMAN — Chad Goller-Sojourner, a Seattle-based poet and performer, will present “Sitting in Circles with Rich Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy,” at WSU on Oct. 7 and 8.

Goller-Sojourner’s show explores how growing up fat, dark-skinned, bulimic, gay and adopted by a white family affected and shaped his identity.

He will present his 70-minute solo show that was crafted from a collection of autobiographical narratives and monologues at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the CUB Auditorium at WSU. This event is free and open to the public.


Seattle Weekly called the performance brilliant, “Goller-Sojourner is both a heartbreaking and hilarious … » More …

‘Paper Bird’ poetry reading at WSU Tri-Cities
March 27, 2008

RICHLAND — Poet Pamela Steele will read from her new book, “Paper Bird,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at WSU Tri-Cities.

The poetry reading is part of the Spring 2008 Liberal Arts Season of Events. It is in the WSU Tri-Cities East Building Auditorium, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.

Steele also will share some new poems she has written about living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore.
Steele earned her master’s degree in fine arts in 2004 from Spalding University of Louisville, Kentucky. Her awards include the 2004 Kentucky Writers Coalition’s Jim … » More …

Visiting writer series with Jonathan Johnson
October 1, 2007

WSU’s Department of English launches the Visiting Writer Series with poet and nonfiction writer Jonathan Johnson, who will read Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Art/WSU.


Jonathan Johnson’s second collection of poems, In the Land We Imagined Ourselves, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press. He is also the author of the book of poems Mastodon, 80% Complete (Carnegie Mellon University Press)and the memoir Hannah and the Mountain (University of Nebraska Press).


His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and numerous other anthologies, as well as Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner.He is Faculty … » More …

WSU sets poetry reading on North Richland campus
March 29, 2006

The spring WSU Tri-Cities Reading Series will feature one of the state’s premier poets, Sam Hamill, on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium on the north Richland campus. The event is free and open to the public.The author of more than 14 books of poetry and translations, Hamill has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund and two Washington Governor’s Arts Awards.The WSU Reading Series features Washington State poets and fiction writers twice a year – fall and spring. Professor Joddy Murray, who coordinates the events said, “We are committed … » More …

Award-winning poet to present reading April 5
March 21, 2006

The WSU department of English continues its Spring 2006 Visiting Writer Series on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. with esteemed poet Robert Wrigley.  Wrigley is the author of six books of poetry, including In the Bank of Beautiful Sins and Reign of Snakes.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His most recent book, Lives of the Animals, won the Poets¹ Prize in 2005. Wrigley directs and teaches in the University of Idaho Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing.  The … » More …

WSU alumna and poet laureate to visit WSU
February 21, 2006

The WSU Black Women’s Caucus announced an evening with Mona Lake Jones, a poet laureate and WSU alumna, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 25.The evening, to take place in the Compton Union Building Ballroom, includes dinner and a presentation by the African-American writer. Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made by Feb. 22 through the Women’s Resource Center at (509) 335-2572 or by e-mailing has served as poet laureate for the City of Seattle for five years and presently holds that title for Washington State’s King County. She has traveled extensively through the country speaking to education institutions, civic groups, conventions and celebrations … » More …