Susan Jackson Rodgers

September 22 at 7:30 pm
Black Box Lab Theater
Withycombe Hall, east entrance
2921 SW Campus Way
After-hours parking is available at the Linus Pauling Science Center across the street, or in the lots off SW Orchard.

Susan Jackson Rodgers is the author of the novel This Must Be the Place, and two story collections: The Trouble With You Is and Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Colorado Review, Quick Fiction, and Prairie Schooner.  She taught for many years at Kansas State University, and currently teaches and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University.


More Literary Northwest Speakers TBA!


Past Literary Northwest Series Speakers:



Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson has been teaching at Oregon State University since 1986. He is also a Catholic deacon. He has written, co-written, or edited fourteen books in a variety of genres and on a variety of subjects, including Free/Style: A Direct Approach to Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 1992); Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest (Iowa, 1993), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction; and Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University (Baylor, 2004). He has also published two books of poetry, My Problem with the Truth (Cloudbank, 2003), and The Next Thing Always Belongs (Airlie, 2011).  His latest book is Light When It Comes:  Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything (Eerdmans, 2016), a book of collage essays.

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is the author of Let Me Clear My Throat, a collection of essays on pop-culture voices, and Animals Strike Curious Poses, a bestiary of celebrity creatures. Her essays recently appeared in Oxford American, Creative Nonfiction, Virginia Quarterly Review and Iowa Review, as well as the nonfiction anthologies After Montaigne, I’ll Tell You Mine, and Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. She has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Hambidge Center, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and the Whiting Award in nonfiction.

Jeff Fearnside

Jeff Fearnside’s short-story collection Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air, a finalist for the New Rivers Press MVP Award and the Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction, was published in 2016 by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press. His fiction has appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The Pinch, Rosebud, Many Mountains Moving, Bayou Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and—most recently—Story, Fourteen Hills, Pacific Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53). His writing has been nominated for Best New American Voices and three times for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. Fearnside earned degrees in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University (BFA) and Eastern Washington University (MFA), and has taught writing and literature for many years at the Academy of Languages in Kazakhstan, Washington State University, Western Kentucky University, Prescott College, and currently Oregon State University. More info:



Jesse Donaldson

Jesse Donaldson was born and raised in Kentucky, attended Kenyon College and Oregon State University, and was a fellow at The Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. His writing has appeared in The Oxford AmericanThe Greensboro Review, and Crazyhorse. Among other things, he’s worked as a gardener, copywriter, teacher, and maintenance man. He now lives in Oregon with his wife and daughter, and a dog named Max.




Justin St. GermainJustin St. Germain

Justin St. Germain's first book, the memoir Son of a Gun, was published by Random House. It won the 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Award in Nonfiction and was named a best book of 2013 by Amazon, Amazon Canada, Library Journal, BookPage, Salon, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Pima County Public Library. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Hobart, Barrelhouse, and various other journals, magazines, and anthologies, including the Best of the West series. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Marsh McCall Lecturer at Stanford University.






Hector TobarHéctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar is the author of four books, including the novel The Barbarian Nurseries and the nonfiction Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free, both published by FSG. A veteran journalist and foreign correspondent, he is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Visit his website at






Cindy Williams GutierrezCindy Williams Gutierrez

Selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez is inspired by the silent and silenced voices of history. Her collection, the small claim of bones published by Bilingual Press, won second place in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Poems have appeared in Borderlands, Calyx, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Portland Review, Benedictine University’s Quiddity, and UNAM’s Periódico de poesía, as well as in People, Places, and Perceptions: A Look at Northwest Latino Art at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington. Cindy is a founder of Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers’ collective, and Grupo de ’08, a Northwest collaborative-artists’ salon. Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program with concentrations in Mesoamerican poetics and creative collaboration. She has taught poetry to K-12 youth through the Portland Art Museum, the Right Brain Initiative, and Writers in the Schools as well as to adults through Literary Arts’ Delve Seminars, the Oregon Council for Teachers of English, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. Cindy is the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship.






Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is the author of Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Bookforum, Pacific Standard, Tin House, and The New York Times Book Review. He is the editor of the anthologies, The Apocalypse Reader and Come Back, Donald Barthelme, and is currently the fiction editor for The Literary Review. He has taught writing at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y.U., and the Pratt Institute. He lives in Portland, OR and at and @my19thcentury .


Jennifer RichterJennifer Richter

Jennifer Richter’s new collection, No Acute Distress, was named a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s Selection and will be published in Spring 2016; her first book, Threshold, was chosen by Natasha Trethewey for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and by Robert Pinsky as an Oregon Book Award Finalist.  Richter was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years; she currently teaches in Oregon State University’s MFA Program. Her website is






  The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU MFA Program and the OSU Bookstore.

All readings are free and open to the public with a book signing to follow.