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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.

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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.

Reading, Q&A, and book signing with poet Roger Reeves 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 | 6:00 P.M. | Chinook 150

VWS YouTube livestream

Image of Roger Reeves
© Ana Schwartz
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 | 3–8:30 P.M. | THOMPSON 201
To enroll, please email Leisa McCormick in the English Department:

Roger Reeves is the author of Best Barbarian (W.W. Norton & Co., 2022), which Tracy K. Smith called “a revelation and a form of reparation,” and King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), a Library Journal  Best Poetry Book of the year, and winner of the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, and a John C. Zacharis First Book Award. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, two Cave Canem Fellowships and a Whiting Award.

Reading, Q&A, and book signing with multi-media artist and poet Sam Roxas-Chua

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 | 5:00 P.M. | WSU Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

VWS YouTube livestream

Image of Sam Roxas-Chua
© the author

Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (Yao) is a transracial/transcultural adopted person. He is the author of Saying Your Name Three Times UnderwaterEcholalia in ScriptFawn Language, and the podcast Dear Someone Somewhere, an audio-journal project. His open-form calligraphy, artworks, and writing have appeared in various journals and galleries. Sam is a poet in the periphery, a multimedia artist, field recordist, and an amateur radio operator. He’s read for PEN International, city government events, and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Portland Chinatown Museum. Poet Tyehimba Jess describes Sam’s poems as “surreal yet rooted in palpable color and history … it transcends oceans, blends geographies, and bleeds a multitongued heritage for us to better find ourselves.”

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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:


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