Oregon State University

Literary Northwest Series

The 2014-15 Literary Northwest Series

Photo of Inara Verzemnieks

Photo of Nick Dybek

Inara Verzemnieks and Nick Dybek

Friday, October 3, 7:30PM

Location: Valley Library Rotunda

Inara Verzemnieks’s essays and journalism have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The Atlantic, and Creative Nonfiction. The recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and the Richard J. Margolis Award of the Blue Mountain Center, she holds an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.  Before receiving her MFA, she spent 13 years as a newspaper reporter, and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. Her first book, a memoir, retraces the steps of her grandmother and great-aunt in the wake of World War II, and recounts her own journey back to the remote Latvian village where her family broke apart.  The memoir is forthcoming from Norton.

Nick Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of the novel When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man, winner of the 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award.   He is also a recipient of a Granta New Voices selection, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and a Maytag Fellowship.

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Photo of Wayne Harrison

Tracy Daugherty and Wayne Harrison

Friday, January 16, 7:30PM

Location: Valley Library Rotunda

Tracy Daugherty’s research and teaching interests explore the intersections of public and private lives, art, architecture, music, and science, as well as urban life and American deserts, real and imagined. He is the author of four novels, four short story collections, a book of personal essays, and two literary biographies.  His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Georgia Review, and other magazines.  Hiding Man, his biography of Donald Barthelme (St. Martin's, 2009) was a New York Times and New Yorker Notable Book of the Year.  His newest book, Just One Catch, a biography of Joseph Heller (St. Martin's, 2011) was excerpted in Vanity Fair. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Southern Methodist University and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. His website is http://www.tracydaugherty.com.

Wayne Harrison received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2010, The Atlantic, Narrative Magazine, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, The Sun, FiveChapters, New Letters, Other Voices and other magazines, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. One story was Notable in Best American 2009 and one received special mention in Pushcart Prizes 2012. His short story collection Wrench was a finalist for the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, the Spokane Prize and the Iowa Short Fiction Award.  He has won a Michener/ Copernicus fellowship, an Oregon Literary fellowship and a Fishtrap Writing Fellowship. His book reviews have been published in The San Francisco Chronicle and The Miami Herald.


  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.

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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