Visiting Writers

Sanjiv Bhattacharya

Sanjiv Bhattacharya
Sanjiv Bhattacharya is presently the US Correspondent for Esquire (UK), a member of the non-fiction faculty at the Pacific University MFA program in Oregon, and a freelancer for various titles, such as Telegraph, The Guardian and others. Originally from London, he became a features editor at GQ Magazine in the UK before moving to Los Angeles in 2000 - where he has written about subcultures, fringe groups, celebrities & entertainment, crime and lifestyle. In 2005, his documentary about Mormon polygamy aired on Channel Four and led to his book length investigation, Secrets and Wives (Soft Skull Press, 2011). In 2008 he went to India for a couple of years to edit men’s lifestyle magazines in both Bombay and Delhi. He has been nominated three times for PPA Consumer Magazine Writer of the Year, in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Don Mee Choi

Don Mee Choi
Don Mee Choi was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014), and a Wave pamphlet, Freely Frayed. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her translations of contemporary Korean women’s poetry include: Anxiety of Words (Zephyr, 2006), Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers (Action Books, 2008), All the Garbage of the World, Unite! (Action Books, 2011), Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Action Books, 2014), Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016), and Autobiography of Death (New Directions, forthcoming). She is currently co-translating with Joyelle McSweeney Yi Sang’s short stories and co-editing with Joshua Beckman a book of Yi Sang’s poetry and prose, forthcoming from Wave Books

William Finnegan

William Finnegan

In 2016, William Finnegan won the Pulitzer Prize in Autobiography for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Penguin). His book Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country (Random House) was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction of 1998 and honored by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. Another award-winning book, Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid (Harper & Row), was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 1986. Finnegan is also the author of A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique (University of California Press, 1998) and Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters (Harper & Row, 1995). Having served as a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1987, he has garnered numerous journalism awards including two Overseas Press Club Awards since 2008. Finnegan, who graduated with an MFA from the University of Montana Creative Writing Program in 1978, will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award this fall.

Pete Fromm

Pete Fromm
Pete Fromm, our Fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, is teaching a graduate fiction workshop and a multi-genre course called "Writing Into the Wilds." Fromm's latest book is the memoir The Names of the Stars (St. Martins, 2016). He is a five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not For This, As Cool As I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool As I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published two hundred stories in magazines.

William Kittredge

William Kittredge

William Kittredge taught creative writing for 30 years at The University of Montana. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Van Gogh Fields and Other Stories (1979) and We Are Not In This Together (1984); a novel, The Willow Field (2006); a memoir, Hole in the Sky (1992); and three collections of essays, Owning It All (1987), Who Owns the West (1996) and The Next Rodeo: New and Selected Essays (2006). He has received a Stegner Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, the Los Angeles Times Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Humanities Award (presented by Bill Clinton in the Rose Garden in 1994), Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts, Montana Governor’s Award for the Humanities, and numerous other awards. He was co-editor with Annick Smith of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology and co-producer of A River Runs Through It. Kittredge has published essays and articles in over 50 magazines, including Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny, a visiting professor for Spring 2018, is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, published by the University of Washington Press in its Pacific Northwest Poetry Series, and a collection of essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision. She co-edited, with M.L. Smoker an anthology of poetry in defense of global human rights, I Go to the Ruined Place, and edited Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1959, a book which brings together many of the great prose pieces by the most influential European and American poets from the Romantics to the Symbolists, Surrealists, and Moderns. Widely published in journals, including Willow Springs, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Orion, Bellingham Review, Kenyon Review, and Boston Review, her poems and essays are also included in the anthologies The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Josh Corey and G.C. Waldrep, eds.), Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart (Carolyn Patterson, editor), Poems Across the Big Sky and New Poets of the American West (both edited by Lowell Jaeger), as well as in West of 98: Living and Writing the American West (Russell Rowland and Lynn Stegner, eds.) A book of nonfiction investigating the cultural history of animals and our clothing, Putting on the Dog, will appear from Trinity University Press in 2018.

Gina Ochsner

Gina Ochsner
Gina Ochsner teaches writing and literature at Corban University in Salem, Oregon and with Seattle Pacific’s Low Residency MFA program. She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which was selected for the Flannery O’Connor Award, and the collection People I Wanted to Be. Both collections received the Oregon Book Award. In 2010 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight. Her latest novel is The Hidden Letters of Velta B and will be out in paperback this summer.

Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap
Sarah Vap, our Fall 2017 Distinguished Hugo Writer, is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Viability (Penguin 2016), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her book of hybrid poetics, End of the Sentimental Journey, inaugurated the Infidel Poetics Series with Noemi Press (2013). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for poetry and has taught at Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Drew University.