MHCC Kicks Off Speaker Series Featuring Writers

Posted: November 1, 2013  

New Speaker!

Sean Davis, MHCC alum, served in the army infantry 14 years. During his time he served on numerous deployments including a revolution, a war and three humanitarian missions. He received a Purple Heart for injuries received in combat. He left the military to go back to school and received his associate degree from Mt. Hood Community College, a bachelor's from Portland State University and a master's from Pacific University. Ooligan Press will publish his memoir, “The Wax Bullet War,” in spring 2014. He teaches writing at Pacific University.

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The English department at Mt. Hood Community College will launch the MHCC Creative Writing Interdisciplinary Speaker Series Nov. 13, by welcoming guest writer Diana Abu-Jaber.

Abu-Jaber is the author of Birds of Paradise, an Indie Books Pick, as well as of the award-winning memoir, The Language of Baklava, and the best-selling novels Origin and Crescent. The latter won the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction and the American Book Award. Her first novel, Arabian Jazz, won the 1994 Oregon Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.

A frequent contributor to NPR, she teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and Miami.

Abu-Jaber’s reading will take place noon – 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts Theatre, located on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Parking on all MHCC campuses is free, no registration required.

The MHCC Creative Writing Interdisciplinary Speaker Series welcomes visiting writers to speak on campus throughout the academic year. The free series is open to students, employees and the community.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability. 

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