Creative Writing Program hosts Winter Quarter events

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
November 28, 2017

Seattle University’s Creative Writing Program is hosting two events during Winter Quarter.

Book Launch by New English Department Faculty Member Juan Reyes, A Summer's Lynching: a Novella in Thirteen Loops

January 23, 4-6 p.m., Casey Commons

Author Juan Carlos Reyes

Juan Carlos Reyes was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He's the product of a math degree, though only words hold his attention anymore. His book, A Summer's Lynching, won the Quarterly West 2016 novella prize, and his chapbook, Elements of a Bystander, won the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Ascentos Review, KGB Lit, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University.

Women Writing the Body: A Reading and Panel Discussion with Reagan Jackson, Sonora Jha, Theo Pauline Nestor, and Natalie Singer

February 8, 1:30 p.m., ADM 222

Author Natalie Singer Author Theo Pauline Nestor Sonora Jha, PhD, author and professor Author Reagan Jackson

Expressing the experience of possessing a female body during patriarchy will be the subject of this afternoon of readings and discussion.

  • How do women bring their bodies to the page?
  • How do we articulate the life of our bodies within patriarchy while using the language of the patriarchy?
  • How do we--in the words of writer Reagan Jackson--refuse to become our own enemies?

Short readings from Reagan Jackson, Sonora Jha, Theo Pauline Nestor, and Natalie Singer will be followed by a thoughtful discussion of what it means for women writers to bring the body into their work.

Guest Readers and Panelists:

Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, activist, international educator and award winning journalist. She is also the Program Manager for Young Women Empowered.

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel, Foreign (Random House India) and is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. She is the Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House and the Board President of Hedgebrook, a global literary non-profit.

Theo Pauline Nestor is Seattle University's Winter 2018 Distinguished Visiting Writer and the author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed (Crown, 2008) and Writing Is My Drink (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Natalie Singer is the author of the memoir California Calling: A Self-Interrogation (Hawthorne Books, 2018). Originally from Montreal, Natalie earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell, and works in Seattle as an editor.