PSU Creative Writing Program Visiting Writers Series:


October 21 | 4pm | Zoom

Register here for the Michele Glazer and Janice Lee reading. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

More event details.

Michele Glazer’s fourth collection, fretwork, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2021. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Glazer teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Portland State University.

Comments on fretwork include:

“Heir to Gerard Manley Hopkin’s unwavering gaze, Michele Glazer coolly attends to the arbitrary boundaries we claim between nature and culture and lets us witness how elusive and submerged human beings are to each other, especially at close proximity. I felt, in reading these poems, that this is someone who is tracking her world from an altogether different distance than the rest of us, who has an utterly original apprehension of the relationship between depths and surfaces. Death appears at the edges of things, whether or not we want to look—but when we look, we are intensely magnified, made vivid and rare by our kinship with strangeness. I found fretwork devastating, funny, unsettling, and radiant—I felt my life jolted into view.”

–Joanna Klink, author of The Nightfields

“Silence is both [Glazer’s] tool and her subject, what she cuts with and through in order to remain attentive. This is superb writing, always precise, unpredictable, authentic to its searching, unnervingly alive. I love this book for all the ways in which it remains gobsmackingly present to real bewilderment, while inhabiting a receptivity continually reoriented by care.”

–Mary Szybist, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry, author of Incarnadine

Janice Lee (she/her) is a Korean-American writer, editor, teacher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction & poetry, most recently: The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press, 2021), and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022). A roundtable, unanimous dreamers chime in, a collaborative novel co-authored with Brenda Iijima, is also forthcoming in 2022 from Meekling Press. An essay (co-authored with Jared Woodland) is featured in the recently released 4K restoration of Sátántangó (dir. Béla Tarr) from Arbelos Films. She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, inherited trauma, and the Korean concept, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.