Creative Writing



Jae Yeun Choi

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

Jae Yeun Choi is returning in her fifth year as visiting faculty in poetry at Reed. For her, the poem, whatever it is and wherever it resides, is a complex, living record; and the workshop has the capacity to bring each poet deeper into their own process for expansive expression. She is resistant to product, resistant to incurious outcome. She has taught poetry workshops focused on the long poem, ekphrasis, the subversive power of chance, the economic livelihood of the poet, among others. Her work in poetry is informed by engagement with other artists and peers who share practices grounded in 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. Her chapbook Woman Carrying Thing was published by The Song Cave. Additionally, her poems have been included in exhibitions at 356 Mission, 3 Days Awake, Adams and Ollman, Lumber Room, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Page NYC, and Good Press Glasgow. She has taught poetry previously at the University of Iowa and Portland State University.



Peter Rock

Professor of Creative Writing, 2001-
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Peter Rock joined the Reed College faculty in 2001. He 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, Passersthrough, involves a murder house, a fax machine, communications between the living and the dead, and a mountain lake that moves from place to place. He is also the author of the novels The Night Swimmers, SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The AmbidextristCarnival 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 and an Alex Award, as well as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Department of Reed College. 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.