Columbia Writers Series: Next Up

The Clark College Columbia Writers Series is proud to present the 2017-2018 Season.

Fall 2017

Kenny Fries
Oct. 10, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in PUB 258A

An acclaimed poet and memoirist, Kenny Fries's most recent work is In the Province of the Gods, which recounts his experiences as a disabled foreigner living in Japan. 

Kenny Fries writes out of the pure hot emergency of a mortal being trying to keep himself alive." — Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door

Aimee Bender
Oct. 30, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in PUB 258A-B

Author of five books of fiction, including The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a New York Times Notable Book; The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, winner of the SCIBA Award for Best Fiction and an Alex Award; and The Color Master, which was also selected as a New York Times Notable Book.

“Aimee Bender is one writer who is shouting clearly and beautifully from the hilltops that our lives are most definitely not ordinary and typical.” — The Denver Post


Winter 2018

Cheston Knapp
Feb. 15, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. in PUB 258A-B

Author of the essay collection Up Up, Down Down, forthcoming from Scribner, and editor of the award-winning literary journal Tin House. 

"Few writerly consciousnesses are as fun to inhabit as the limber brain of Cheston Knapp.” -- Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Spring 2018

Roger Reeves
May 14, 1 - 2 p.m. in PUB 258A-B

Author of the poetry collection King Me and recipient of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A sophisticated and breathtaking writer, Reeves takes the reader on a harrowing journey: each poem comes packed with arresting imagery, relentless in its examination of how tragedy and trauma become internalized—cleaning out the wounds to understand the pain.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

Kate Berube
May 17, 1-2 p.m. in PUB 258A-B

Visual artist, children's zine creator, and author and illustrator of the children's book Hannah and Sugar. 

"A marvelous picture book debut with an achingly authentic story of fear conquered." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)