Clark College Columbia Writers Series hosts weeklong literary festival

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2018

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Hannah Erickson, Clark College Communication and Marketing
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“Subtext” brings celebrated authors to main campus May 14-17

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Clark College Columbia Writers Series is offering a week of writers, readings, and events on the college’s main campus during its fourth annual Subtext Literary Festival. On May 14-17, the college will host well-known authors, as well as readings and events by Clark students and faculty. (See full schedule below.)

All events are free and open to the public, though pre-registration is required for the Marie Bostwick event. Directions and maps are available online at 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 013 in Clark’s Penguin Union Building.

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


May 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., PUB 258 A-B: Columbia Writers Series presents Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, and Tin House. He was awarded a 2015 Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a 2013 NEA Fellowship. His first book, King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), won the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Zacharis Prize from Ploughshares, and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. He is an Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin.

May 15, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., LIB 101: Conversation with novelist Marie Bostwick

[NOTE: Space is limited for this event. Please register in advance by emailing] 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.

May 15, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Gaiser Student Center: Phoenix unveiling

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. Additionally, Lacy Davis, writer of the graphic memoir Ink in Water, will share her work. An interview of Davis by a Phoenix staffer appears in this year’s journal.                         

May 16, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., PUB 161: Lecture by Leni Zumas and writing awards ceremony

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. Originally from Washington, D.C., Zumas now lives in Oregon and teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Portland State University.

May 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., PUB 258A: Clark Crossings (student and faculty reading)

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

May 17, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., PUB 258 A-B: Columbia Writers Series presents Kate Berube

Kate Berube (Bear uh bee) is a children's book author and illustrator. Her book The Summer Nick Taught his Cats to Read was named the Best Picture Book of 2016 by both the Chicago Public Library and the School Library Journal, while her book Hannah and Sugar earned the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature from Literary Arts Oregon and was shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize.