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Virtual Reading and Q&A with Washington State poet laureate Rena Priest

WEDNESDAY, March 22nd | 6:00 P.M. | YouTube

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Rena Priest is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She is the incumbent Washington State Poet Laureate and Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow. Priest is also the recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award, an American Book Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Nia Tero, The Vadon Foundation, and Indigenous Nations Poets. She has authored three books and edited two anthologies. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at

Virtual and In-person Reading & Q&A with multi-media fiber artist, playwright and poet Sarah Hennessey

TUESDAY, March 28TH | 6:00 P.M. | VUB 124 | YouTube


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH | 5:45–8:30 P.M. | Vancouver Undergraduate Building 124

To enroll, please email Leisa McCormick in the English Department:

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Sarah Hennessey is Nimíipuu ‘Nez Perce’ poet, performer, playwright, multimedia fiber artist and youth empowerment theater practitioner. Her work highlights the symbiosis of storytelling and language reclamation.  Her work embodies language revitalization as “Targeted Revitalization through Creativity.” By integrating her penchant for literature and performance into her educational outreach, Hennessey infuses her instruction with interdisciplinary pedagogy and both traditional and contemporary storytelling techniques. Hennessey has been published in literary journals such as Yellow Medicine Review, Paper Dragon, and Pork Belly Press. Her first short play Weet’u Naqaacnim ‘iceyeeye’ ‘Not My Grandmother’s Coyote’ was featured in Lewis-Clark State College’s Humanifest in Spring of 2021. Hennessey is a Fishtrap Fellow this Spring 2023.

Virtual Reading and Q&A with poet CMarie Fuhrman

WEDNESDAY, April 5TH | 6:00 P.M. | YouTube

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CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is rooted in the landscape of the West. She is the author of the collection of poems, Camped Beneath the Dam, and co-editor of two significant anthologies, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous Poetry, Craft, and Conversations. She has published or forthcoming poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals, including, Emergence Magazine, Platform Review, Northwest Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Poetry Northwest, and several anthologies.  CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, Translations Editor for Broadsided Press, and the Elk River Writers Workshop Director. CMarie is the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University where she also directs the Poetry Program and teaches Nature Writing. She is the current Idaho Writer in Residence and resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.




Please join WSU’s Visiting Writers Series, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and WSU creative writing publications for a FREE reading and open-mic in support of racial healing.

For more:

National Day of Racial Healing:
Writers Give Voice
Tuesday, January 17, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
Pavilion Gallery, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

In honor of the National Day of Racial Healing at WSU, join us for an hour of readings by WSU Campus Civic Poets & finalists, creative writing students and faculty, and student editors of WSU creative writing publications. Students are encouraged sign up at the event to share a poem during the open-mic portion, which will conclude the event. Copies of selected poems from the canon will be available to read, as well as work from WSU’s Visiting Writer Series authors and Blood Orange Review / LandEscapes / EcoArts on the Palouse / Harpy*s contributors. In collaboration with the Holland Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), the event will be accompanied by a letterpress printing of the poem A Small Needful Fact by WSU Visiting Writers Series author Ross Gay. “A Small Needful Fact” by Ross Gay was originally published through Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

This program is free and open to the public. No advance registration required.

QUESTIONS? Contact Kristin Becker, Curator of Education & Programs: or, co-director Visiting Writers Series.

LOCATION | The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. The museum is currently open Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday.

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Special thanks to our collaborators and sponsors: WSU-Pullman English Department | WSU-Pullman College of Arts and Sciences | WSU Honors College | WSU-Vancouver Office of Equity and Diversity | WSU-Vancouver Office of Student Equity and Outreach | WSU-Vancouver Office of Academic Affairs | WSU Vancouver Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | WSU-Vancouver College of Arts and Sciences | WSU Common Reading Program | ASWSU | LandEscapes | Academic Outreach and Innovation and WSU Native American Programs

Gratitude to the Visiting Writers Series interns Adam Sindac, Megan McCormick, and Emma Moroles.

Congratulations to Jericho Brown, 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner!

Jericho was our last in-person visitor, held in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center in Spring 2020 on the WSU Pullman Campus

Snaps from previous events held in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on WSU Pullman Campus


The WSU Visiting Writers Series brings noted poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction to campus for creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.

For more information about the series, please contact Cameron McGill and Julian Ankney.

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Previous Visiting Writers:


Robin Wall Kimmerer

Jose Hernandez Diaz

Angel Sobotta

Roger Reeves

Sam Roxas-Chua

Inés Hernández-Avila

Naomi Littlebear Morena

Michelle Nijhuis

Natalie Diaz

Beth Piatote

Storme Webber

Debra Magpie Earling

Mahogany L. Browne

C.S. Giscombe

Major Jackson

Chigozie Obioma

Ryka Aoki

Ross Gay

Kelly Yang

Kayla Lightner

Anne Horowitz

Taryn Fagerness

Jericho Brown

Terese Marie Mailhot

Petra Kuppers

Crystal Wilkinson

Mita Mahato

Kaveh Akbar

Rachel Morgan

Carey Salerno

Vaughan Fielder

Ted Tremper

Greg Glazner

Pam Houston

Stephen Blackmoore

Curtis Bauer

Sharman Apt Russell

Kevin Willmott

Rebecca Gayle Howell

Brenda Hillman

Rick Bass

William Cronon

W. Scott Olson

Rebecca Brown

Cecil Giscombe

Kathleen Flenniken

David Gates

Eileen Myles

Afaa Michael Weaver

Ilya Kaminsky

Donald Revell

Claudia Keelan

Kevin Goodan

Rolf Potts

David Huddle

Galway Kinnell

Anne Waldman

Hoa Nguyen

Kate Greenstreet

Kaia Sand

Marilyn Chin

Xi Chuan

Rusty Morrison

Maryrose Larkin

Willis Barnstone

Ceiridwen Terrill

Ted Tremper

Dinah Lenney

Marcia Parlow

Terry Tempest Williams

Brooke Williams

Stephanie Lenox

H.K. Hummel

Justin Torres

Eileen Pollack