Author Bob Arellano is the MFA in Creative Writing program's Visiting Distinguished Writer

Oct 27, 2023

The MFA in Creative Writing program at Oregon State University – Cascades is hosting several free readings and presentations during the next week.

Events include:

Faculty Reading featuring Visiting Distinguished Writer Bob Arellano – 4 p.m., Oct. 29 in Edward J. Ray Hall, Atrium.
Bob Arellano is the author of seven novels, including Havana Libre: a Cuban Noir and the web’s first interactive novel, Sunshine ’69. Arellano has taught courses on writing and in the humanities at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions. He received an Oregon Literary Fellowship in Fiction from Literary Arts in 2014 and was awarded a Bellagio Center Arts & Literary Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. Arellano is on the board of directors of the Oregon Humanities.

Spooky Slam – 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31 at Roundabout Books, 900 NW Mt. Washington Drive, Bend
MFA faculty and students will perform readings at the Spooky Slam. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and read a favorite piece of writing that reflects the season. Writings can be self-written or written by another writer. To attend, register at

MFA Student Reading – 6 p.m., Nov. 4 at Scalehouse Gallery, 550 NW Franklin Ave., Ste. 138
Students will read from works they have produced or refined during the graduate program.

The events are occurring during the MFA program’s fall residency. Residencies are a hallmark of the MFA program and are offered each fall and spring. Faculty and students, who participate in the program remotely, come to Bend for 10-day residencies that include presentations by visiting writers, workshops and discussions, and opportunities to hear works underway by students.

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About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by mountains, forest and high desert, OSU-Cascades is a highly innovative campus of a top-tier land grant research university, offering small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and experiential learning. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.