Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Museum is showcasing work by the Creative Arts faculty as well as hosting a series of talks and readings. This Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 pm, Robert Arellano, Kasey Mohammed and Craig Wright will read and discuss their poetry and stories. Don’t miss these talented, engaging and whip-smart writers.
Arellano is a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient in fiction and the author of six novels, including the 2010 Edgar Award finalist “Havana Lunar.” His stories have been published in a number of great magazines such as “Tin House,” “Jane,” and “The Believer,” as well as selected for anthologies by editors such as Joyce Carol Oates and Julio Ortega.
Mohammad is the author of several books of poetry, including “Deer Head Nation,” “Breathalyzer,” and my favorite, “The Sonnagrams” in which he uses anagrams of Shakespeare’s sonnets and creates all-new, wild and beautiful sonnets in iambic pentameter. He is also editor of the poetry magazine “Abraham Lincoln” and faculty editor of the “West Wind Review.”
Wright is a short story writer, songwriter and fantastic musician. He is the author of the novel “Redemption Center,” and has published stories in national journals and magazines such as “Fourteen Hills,” “The Harvard Advocate” and “BlazeVox.”
To encourage participation in this and upcoming events, SOU is offering a student challenge. Attend at least four of the presentations and enter punch card in a raffle for a chance to win a signed Miles Inada print, a $25 Case Coffee Roasters gift card or a $25 Senor Sam’s gift card. It’s a trifecta of perfect prizes, art, coffee or food.
Future events include:
Thursday, February 26, 5:30 PM: Creative Arts Faculty Lecture: Warren Hedges, “Video Games as Platforms for Storytelling.”
Thursday, March 5, 5:30 PM: Creative Arts faculty Lecture: Rene Allen
Admission to Thursday’s reading is free and open to the public. For more information call (541) 552-6245 or visit sma.sou.edu.