Tell it Slant

Free Virtual Reading on Facebook and YouTube
Thursday, October 29, 2020
6-7:15 p.m.

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Join Beth Alvarado, an award-winning writer and faculty author in the MFA in Creative Writing program at OSU-Cascades, and some of the MFA program’s most innovative recent alumni voices to hear powerful stories about truth and the world around us.

Alvarado received the 2020 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction for her book of essays, “Anxious Attachments.”

She will read from her forthcoming book “Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales" and invite recently published and recognized alumni of the program to read from their own publications.

“Tell it Slant” is drawn from a poem by Emily Dickinson, in which she writes, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant --.”

The program will be hosted by Jennifer Reimer Recio who recently joined OSU-Cascades to lead the MFA program.

The alumni authors have each recently received recognition for their work:

  • Irene Cooper ‘15, who will read from “Committal,” a speculative and recently published spy-fy thriller from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, and “spare change”, her poetry collection to be published by Finishing Line Press in 2021.
  • Yolanda Gómez ‘19, whose poetry collection titled “We’ve always been weeping and searching for the dead”, won the 2020 Hybrid Poetry Chapbook Contest at Flying Ketchup Press.
  • Tiffany Cates ‘18 who will read from her literary noir novel, “M-theory” which will be published by Baobab Press in early 2021.
  • Brigitte Lewis ‘17 who will read from “Origin Stories” which won the 2020 Iron Horse Press Chapbook Contest and will be published in December 2020.

Jenna Goldsmith, who served as interim program lead of the MFA program from July 2019 to August 2020, will conclude the program and read from her forthcoming poetry chapbook “Suppose the room just got brighter” published by Finishing Line Press.

The OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing incorporates instruction in the craft and profession of creative writing. Students each embark on a long-distance and individualized course of study with a faculty mentor and twice a year join fellow students in Bend, Ore. for intensive 10-day residences of craft workshops, literature lectures and professional seminars.