Creative Writing Faculty Mentor Brandon Shimoda has forthcoming nonfiction book from City Lights Publishers
May 14, 2019
I just received advanced reader’s copy of Brandon Shimoda’s most amazing forthcoming nonfiction book, The Grave on the Wall, published by City Lights Books. Fifteen pages in—and every sentence dazzles. Shimoda makes a lyric portrait of his grandfather Midori who was born in a small village in Japan before emigrating to the United States.
Translator and poet, Don Mee Choi says:
“It was part dream, part memory, part forgetting, part identity. It is a remarkable exploration of how citizenship is forged by the brutal U.S. imperial forces—through slave labor, forced detention, indiscriminate bombing, historical amnesia, and wall. If someone asked me, Where are you from?, I would answer, From The Grave on the Wall.’
Brandon will be teaching this summer as part of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program. Our first residency begins on July 28th, and we are rolling admissions. Other faculty / guest artists include Daniela Naomi Molnar, Taylor Eggån, Monica Drake, Vi Khi Nao, Rachel Jamison Webster, Selah Saterstrom, Alejandro de Acosta, Sara Jaffe, Reema Zaman, and Emily Kendal Frey.
You can catch Brandon:
On Monday, July 29: Brandon gives a talk titled “Dementia: On (Or Under) The Poetry Of Japanese American Incarceration.” 9 am / PNCA / Room 601
On Monday, July 29, Brandon is at Powell’s in conversation with the amazing writer Janice Lee. 7:30 pm / Powell’s Downtown.
On Tuesday, July 30th, Brandon reads along with Guest Artists Taylor Eggån and Daniela Naomi Molnar. 7 pm / PNCA / Mediatheque
On November 13, 2021 PNCA Low-Residency Creative Writing will be at the Portland Book Festival.
Critical Studies Student Justin Duyao interviews LRCW Faculty Jay Ponteri about his new book, Someone Told Me, just published by Widow+Orphan House.
Critical Studies student Justin Duyao Interviews Low-Residency Creative Writing student Rachel Keller
On Nov. 3, from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is thrilled to welcome novelist Janice Lee. The author will read from her most recent novel, Imagine a Death, as part of the Graduate Lecture Series. Presented by the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Critical Studies.