Creative Writing


Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir

Associate Professor of Creative Writing, 2012-
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Samiya Bashir's books of poetry, Field Theories, winner of the 2018 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, experienced, and Oxford comma'd. Bashir holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. She is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, residencies, prizes, and is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer's festival for LGBT writers of African descent. Bashir has collaborated on a number of multimedia poetry and art projects including M A P S :: a cartography in progress, and Silt, Soot, and Smut, with Alison Saar, both of which currently travel the country in exhibition and performance. Bashir lives with a magic cat who shares her love of trees and blackbirds, and who occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons.

On leave Spring 2022


Jae Yeun Choi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, 2011-2012, 2015-2016, 2019-2020, 2021

Jae Yeun Choi is returning to Reed as visiting faculty this year, with three previous appointments in 2011-2012, 2015-2016, and 2019-2020. She believes in the poem, whatever it is and wherever it resides, as a complex, living record. She believes in the workshop as a collective anti-capitalist spirit that moves each participating poet closer toward expansive expression by their own terms. She is resistant to product, resistant to uncurious outcome. She has taught courses based around focusing themes such as the long poem, ekphrasis, chance and the subconscious, identity, and the economic livelihood of the poet. Her work in poetry is informed by her engagement with artist communities and other peers who are particular to practices grounded in the communal and an abiding respect for the smaller gesture. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, NY Tyrant, A Plume Annual, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and Flying Object's It's My Decision series, among other publications. Her chapbook Woman Carrying Thing was published by The Song Cave. Her poems have been included in exhibitions at 356 Mission, 3 Days Awake, PMoMa, Lumber Room, C3:Initiative, Page NYC, and Good Press Glasgow. She has taught poetry at the University of Iowa and Portland State University.

*Photo credit for Jae's photo: Rebecca Xie '20


Peter Rock

Professor of Creative Writing, 2001-
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Peter Rock teaches the writing of prose, both fiction and non-fiction, with special interest in the intersection between the two, economical forms, the fantastic and invisible, animals, ghosts and linkages of every kind. His favorite book is most likely Yasunari Kawabata’s Palm-of-the-Hand Stories or Maggie Nelson’s Bluets. Or Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild. Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His most recent novel, The Night Swimmers, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award; it involves open water swimming, fatherhood, psychic photography and the use of isolation tanks as a means to inhabit the past. He is also the author of the novels SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves and This Is the Place, as well as a story collection, The Unsettling. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University.  His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Alex Award and others, he resides in Portland with his wife, who saves lives, two fierce young daughters, and various animals. Leave No Trace, the film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released to critical acclaim in 2018.