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Fall 2020 Schedule

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all Writers Forum events for the Fall ’20 semester will be held remotely. A link to the live-streamed events will be posted to the Writers Forum webpage

Thanks for your interest and support. Stay safe. Read books. 

Sejal Shah

Creative Nonfiction

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September 23, 6:30pm

Sejal Shah is the author of the debut essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance (University of Georgia Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in Brevity, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review Online, and The Rumpus. She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Rochester, New York. 


Al Abonado 


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October 7, 6:30pm

Albert Abonado lives in Rochester, NY, and teaches creative writing at SUNY Geneseo. His poems have appeared in such journals as The Colorado Review, Pleiades, and The Margins. He hosts the poetry radio show Flour City Yawp on WAYO 104.3FM. Jaw is his first poetry collection. 

Alison C. Rollins


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October 21, 6:30pm

Alison C. Rollins works as the Lead Teaching and Learning Librarian for Colorado College. She also teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art's Low-Residency MFA. Among Rollins’s honors are the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships and the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. Her debut poetry collection is Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press). 


Joanna Scott


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November 4, 6:30pm

Joanna Scott is the author of twelve books, including the novels Arrogance, Tourmaline, and Careers for Women, and the story collection, Everybody Loves Somebody. Her awards include MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Lannan Literary Award, Her novel, The Manikin, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A new collection of stories, Excuse Me While I Disappear, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2021. 


Carolyn Forché

Poet, Memoir

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November 18, 6:30pm

Carolyn Forché’s reading is sponsored by the Earl Ingersoll Family Foundation 

Carolyn Forché is the author of many poetry collections, including, Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between Us, and Blue Hour. Her most recent collection is In the Lateness of the World. She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True, nominated for the 2019 National Book Award. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” In 1998, Forché received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. 


Last Updated 10/27/20

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