Columbia Writers Series: Next Up

The Clark College Columbia Writers Series is proud to present the 2018 Subtext Spring Literary Festival, from May 14-17. A complete schedule of festival events is below.

Monday, May 14

Poetry-To-Go Event
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Cannell Library

In the tradition of poet Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems, Clark College writing professors will set up vintage typewriters and type personalized poems for passersby on their lunch hour in Cannell Library. Stop by for a hot-off-the-press poem, or if you're feeling inspired, type a poem yourself.

Poetry Reading: Roger Reeves
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

Tuesday, May 15

Conversation with Novelist Marie Bostwick
12 - 1 p.m. in LIB 101

Marie Bostwick is a USA Today and New York Times listed bestselling author of uplifting historical and women’s fiction, including the popular Cobbled Court Quilt and Too Much, Texas series of books. She has been a featured speaker at the Paducah Quilt Festival and the Houston International Quilt Festival and has given keynote addresses at both the Florida Writers Association and La Jolla Writers conferences. [NOTE: Space is limited for this event. Please register in advance by emailing] 

Phoenix Release Celebration
3 - 4 p.m. in GHL 150

Clark College’s national award-winning art and literary journal, Phoenix, will unveil its 2017-2018 edition with readings from student authors and free copies available for guests.

Wednesday, May 16

Lecture by Novelist Leni Zumas and Writing Awards Ceremony
4:30 - 6 p.m. in PUB 161

After a lecture by Leni Zumas about writing, Clark College students will receive awards for their exceptional essays, stories, and poems.

Leni Zumas’ novel Red Clocks, published in January 2018, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Publishers Weekly “Top 10 Literary Fiction” pick. She is also the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator and the novel The Listeners, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Thursday, May 17

Clark Crossings Student, Faculty, and Staff Reading
11 a.m.-12 p.m. in PUB 258A

Clark College students, faculty, and staff will read original essays, fiction, and poetry at this annual event.

Children's Book Author and Illustrator Presentation: Kate Berube
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)