Clark College Columbia Writers Series hosts three-day literary festival

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2019

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“Subtext” brings celebrated authors to main campus May 20-22

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Clark College Columbia Writers Series is offering a variety of writers, readings, and events on the college’s main campus during its fourth annual Subtext Literary Festival. On May 20-22, the college will host well-known authors—including Clark alumnus Alexis Madrigal—as well as readings and events by Clark students. (See full schedule below.)

All events are free and open to the public. 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 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., PUB 258 A-C: Columbia Writers Series presents Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a journalist in Oakland, California. A staff writer at The Atlantic, he previously was the editor-in-chief of Fusion and a staff writer at Wired. He curates the 5it newsletter, which covers emerging technologies and social dynamics through history, and authored the book Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. An alumnus of Clark College and Harvard University, he’s currently a visiting scholar at the Information School at UC Berkeley.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Gaiser Student Center: Iceberg anthology release party with guests Steve Lieber, Jeff Parker and Diana Schutz

Iceberg is Clark College’s new anthology of student-created comic-book and graphic-novel art and literature. Steve Lieber is a comic book illustrator and storyboard artist who has worked on Batman, Superman, Hellboy, Star Trek and Road to Perdition; he is best known as the artist of the graphic novel Whiteout and its Eisner-winning sequel, Whiteout: Melt. While Jeff Parker began his comic-book career as a drawer, he is best known for writing for titles like Agents of Atlas, X-Men First Class, Batman '66, Aquaman, Future Quest, Thunderbolts and more. Diane Schutz recently retired after a 25-year career as an editor at Dark Horse Comics, in charge of such iconic titles as Grendel, Sin City, and 300.

May 21, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., PUB 161: Gina Ochsner and Clark College Writing Awards

Gina Ochsner is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. She teaches at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, where she also directs the Between 2 Worlds Young Adult Creative Writing Conference.

May 22, 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 2018-2019 edition with readings from student authors and free copies available for guests.