Carolyn Moore Reading Series: Marcus Wicker & Emily Skaja
From PCC's Humanities & Arts Initiative
The PCC HARTS Council invites you to join us on Thursday, May 25th in Terrell Hall 122 on the Cascade Campus (705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR) for the fourth Carolyn Moore Reading Series event of 2023, featuring the two May residents of PCC’s Carolyn Moore Writing Residency: major award-winning poets Marcus Wicker (winner of an NEA grant, a Pushcart Prize, and a Ruth Lily Fellowship) and Emily Skaja (winner of the 2018 Walt Whitman Award). The event will begin at 6:30 with live music and refreshments and will last for a little over an hour.
Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)—winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award—and Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial, 2012), selected by D.A. Powell for the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Tennessee Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, as well as fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Cave Canem. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Oxford American, Poetry and elsewhere. He is Poetry Editor of Southern Indiana Review, and an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis where he teaches in the MFA program.
Emily Skaja was born and raised in rural Illinois. Her first book, BRUTE, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets (Graywolf Press, 2019). She holds an MFA from Purdue University and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Summer Research Fellow and also earned a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Emily is the Poetry Co-Editor of Southern Indiana Review. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the winner of the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, an AWP Intro Journals Award, an Academy of American Poets College Prize, and a 2019-2020 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at the University of Memphis.