News Releases

May 3, 2013
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Jennifer Kirby
Clark College Communications and Marketing

Telephone:  360-992-2219


Nationally recognized author Robin Romm reads at Clark College

Robin Romm

Award-winning memoirist is the centerpiece
of a 
three-day festival of arts and literature


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will welcome nationally recognized short-fiction writer and memoirist Robin Romm during the spring quarter installment of its renowned Columbia Writers Series.

Romm will read from The Mercy Papers, her brutally honest memoir about her mother’s slow death from breast cancer, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in Clark’s Penguin Student Lounge, located in the Penguin Union Building. She will also speak about the craft of writing.

The event is free and open to the public. Directions and maps are available at

Romm’s reading is part of “Subtext,” a three-day festival of arts and literature at Clark College. Other events include:

Tuesday, May 14: The unveiling of the 2013 issue of Phoenix, Clark’s journal of arts and literature, followed by a reception for the annual Student Art Show. The unveiling runs 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge; the art show runs 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Archer Gallery on the lower level of the Penguin Union Building.

Friday, May 17: “Clark Crossings,” a reading of works by students and faculty on the theme of “Beauty,” held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in PUB 161.

Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services (DSS) Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP). The DSS office is located in room 137 in Clark’s Gaiser Hall.

The Columbia Writers Series was launched at Clark College in 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college and the region. Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at

About Robin Romm

Eugenenative Robin Romm is the author of two books, a chapbook, and numerous articles and book reviews. Her story collection, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Currently she lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches in the low-residency MFA program in writing at Warren Wilson College.