Renowned Authors Read at Reed

Reed hosts Tin House workshop in July.

By Randall S. Barton | June 15, 2018

For 15 years, Tin House, Portland’s preeminent literary magazine, has hosted a writers’ workshop at Reed. The weeklong Tin House Summer Workshop is an intensive of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by prominent authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

The idea for the workshop germinated with Tin House founder Win McCormack, who was familiar with Reed’s reputation as one of the country’s premiere liberal arts colleges and who had gotten to know a number of Reed graduates working as interns at the magazine. He felt that Reed’s Cerf Amphitheatre and Great Lawn would be ideal venues for author readings and literary discussions. Recently McCormack was appointed to Reed’s board of trustees.

This year the conference runs from July 8–15. The writing workshops, seminars, and panels are open only to paid registrants, but many of the author readings are free and open to the public. Readings begin at 8 p.m. at the Cerf Amphitheatre.


Sunday, July 8:

  • Rosalie Knecht (Who is Vera Kelly?)
  • Camille T. Dungy (Trophic Cascade)
  • Benjamin Percy (The Dark Net)

Monday, July 9:

  • Robert Boswell (Tumbledown)
  • Lacy M. Johnson (The Other Side)
  • Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky)

Tuesday, July 10:

  • Antonya Nelson (Funny Once)
  • Shane McCrae (In the Language of My Captor)
  • Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies)

Wednesday, July 11:

  • Catherine Lacey (The Answers)
  • Tommy Pico (Nature Poem)
  • Wells Tower (Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned)

Thursday, July 12:

  • Randa Jarrar (A Map of Home)
  • Kiese Laymon (Long Division)
  • Tayari Jones (Leaving Atlanta)

Friday, July 13:

  • Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees)
  • Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan)
  • Dorianne Laux (The Book of Men)

Saturday, July 14:

  • Melissa Febos (Whip Smart)
  • Danez Smith (Don’t Call Us Dead)
  • Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night)

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