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Carolyn Moore Reading Series: Jose Hernandez Diaz, Emilly Prado & Jae Nichelle

A Program of PCC's Humanities & Arts Initiative

A blue and red event posted for the November 1st PCC reading with images of the three readers, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Jae Nichelle, and Emilly Prado

The PCC HARTS Council invites you to join us for our second annual Portland Book Festival Cover to Cover Carolyn Moore Reading Series event on Wednesday, November 1st in the MAHB Auditorium on the Cascade Campus at 6:30 pm. 

In addition to live music & refreshments, we’ll have readings by two 2023-24 Carolyn Moore Writing Residents, poets Jose Hernandez Diaz and Jae Nichelle, and one future resident, non-fiction writer Emilly Prado. You can read their full bios below, and if you’d like a reading packet for any of the writers, or if you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Moore Writing Residency Program Coordinator Justin Rigamonti at the following email address: justin.rigamonti@pcc.edu

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020) and the forthcoming, Bad Mexican, Bad American (Acre Books, 2024). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, Yale Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He writes, edits, and teaches in Southeast Los Angeles.

Louisiana born and Portland-based, Jae Nichelle is the author of the poetry collection God Themselves and the chapbook The Porch (As Sanctuary). She was the inaugural poetry winner of the John Lewis Writing Award from the Georgia Writers Association, and her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2020, The Washington Square Review, The Offing Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, and elsewhere. Her spoken word poems have been featured by Write About Now, Speak Up Poetry Series, and Button Poetry. She is a graduate of Tulane University.

Emilly Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. She is the author of Funeral for Flaca (Future Tense Books, 2021), an essay collection called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine and a winner of a 2022 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and several other honors. She is also the author of Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019), a youth non-fiction book at the intersections of identity and U.S. history. As journalist, Emilly spent half a decade amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have appeared in more than 30 publications including NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, Oxygen, and The Oregonian. Co-founder of BIPOC arts non-profit, Portland in Color, Emilly has worked with students of all ages in settings such as public high schools, universities, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, and literary organizations including Tin House, Lighthouse, Corporeal Writing, Literary Arts, and the Independent Publishing Resource Center. When not writing, teaching, or organizing, Emilly moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latiné DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.