featuring Gina Ochsner
April 7, 2011
Seattle Pacific University Art Center Gallery
3 W Cremona
Seattle, Wa 98119
Join Gina Ochsner, award winning author and Seattle Pacific MFA faculty member, for the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading at SPU.
Gina Ochsner, who teaches in SPU's low-residency Creative Writing MFA program, has also taught Magical Realism in IMAGE's Glen Online program. Set in far-flung locations, her stories make distant things present and real: likeable, wounded, resilient people who feel as if they could live next door to you, though in fact they live in the Czech Republic, or Siberia, or Texas, or Alaska. Her fiction has an aura of timelessness, placing mythology and burdened history alongside modern, urban angst, sharply written dialogue, and urgent character conflict.
Gina Ochsner has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant and a grant from the National Endowment of Arts. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review. She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. Her novel entitled The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight was long-listed for the Orange Award and just received the Grub Street Book Award (Boston).
SPU faculty and students established the reading series in 1999 to honor this well-loved professor and colleague after her retirement from the English dept. after 36 years. Funded by the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading Series Endowment, the annual event is intended to bring prominent writers to campus.
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