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Sunday, April 24 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Regional MFA Reading

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Join us on YouTube for this year’s Regional MFA Reading, an event that has been a festival mainstay for many years! This format has allowed us to present a robust lineup of readers from 7 MFA programs across Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Each school has sent us one MFA candidate to read their work, and students will be introduced by a creative writing faculty member. We are excited that this format will allow us to get to know students and faculty members from so many different programs—we hope you’ll join us to hear from this region’s rising writing talents!

*This event will be free and available to watch on our YouTube channel. Link coming soon.

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Paige Thomas

Oregon State University
Paige Thomas is a current nonfiction candidate at Oregon State University’s MFA Program where she teaches introductory writing courses and works as the blog editor for The Attic Institute of Arts & Letters. She was the recipient of the 2020-2021 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate... Read More →
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Sam Swain

Eastern Washington University
Sam Swain is a queer disabled writer from the pacific northwest. They have had their short fiction and poetry published in a handful of small magazines but are primarily focused on a long-form fantasy project. When they are not writing, they enjoy painting, baking, and caring for... Read More →
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Chelsey Waters

Eastern Oregon University
Chelsey Waters is an MFA student at Eastern Oregon University where she studies environmental writing and fiction in EOU's Wilderness, Ecology, and Community Program. She was the 2020-2021 Thomas Madden Scholarship recipient, and her fiction has been published in Unearthed and The... Read More →
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Natanya Biskar

Boise State University
Natanya Biskar is an MFA student in fiction at Boise State University, where she has taught writing and serves as Associate Editor for The Idaho Review. She is the recipient of a 2021 Alexa Rose Foundation Grant, and the winner of the 2021 Glenn Balch Award for Fiction. Her work... Read More →
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Rooja Mohassessy

Pacific University
Rooja Mohassessy is an Iranian-born poet. She is a 2022 recipient of the MacDowell Fellowship, and a student of the Pacific University MFA program in Oregon. Her first poetry manuscript, When Your Sky Runs Into Mine, was the winner of the 2022 Annual Elixir Poetry Prize and will... Read More →
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Paul Bisagni

University of Idaho
Originally from New York, Paul Bisagni is a lapsed classicist who will soon graduate with his MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. His work can be found in new sinews, TIMBER, Heavy Feather Review, Guesthouse, Afternoon Visitor, the Action Books blog, and elsewhere. Alternative... Read More →
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Shelby Handler

University of Washington, Seattle
Shelby Handler is a writer, organizer and educator living in Seattle on Duwamish land. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, PANK Magazine, The Journal, Sugar House Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. Shelby was nominated for 2020's Best of the Net and was a... Read More →

Sunday April 24, 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT