Check out these events and activities happening in Forest Grove and Hillsboro this weekend and next week.

Pacific University reading series begins

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host readings by some of the world's finest contemporary writers during its 10-day residency on the university's campus in Forest Grove.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place from Friday, June 16, through Friday, June 23, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located on campus at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.

This event is an opportunity to hear master writers read on successive evenings. Featured authors include poet Marvin Bell, recipient of an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature, and fiction writer Chris Abani, recipient of the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.

Evening reading schedule:

June 16: Claire Davis, Kwame Dawes and Willy Vlautin

June 17: Ellen Bass, Jack Driscoll and Debra Gwartney

June 18: Pete Fromm, Mike Magnuson and Kellie Wells

June 19: Chris Abani, Judy Blunt and John McNally

June 20: No public reading

June 21: Steve Amick, Frank Gaspar and Valerie Laken

June 22: Garth Greenwell, Cate Kennedy and Joseph Millar

June 23: Sanjiv Bhattacharya and Scott Korb

The authors in the reading series also teach at the residency where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the guided study that follows. Students leave the residency paired with a professional writer who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice.

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, visit

Quilt artist to speak in Hillsboro

Westside Quilters Guild will host Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry at its June meeting for her talk, "Inspiration and the Creative Process."

The guild meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Newlife Baptist Church, 3440 E. Main St., in Hillsboro.

Fallert-Gentry is internationally known for her award-winning fine-art quilts, easily recognized by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth and motion.

Her attention to detail has earned her a reputation for fine craftsmanship as well as stunning designs. Her quilt, "Corona 2: Solar Eclipse" was voted one of the 100 best quilts of the 20th century.

Her work has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and publications throughout the world, and can be found in museum, corporate, public and private collections in nearly every state and eight foreign countries.

Fallert-Gentry has traveled extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops for quilt and textile arts groups throughout the United States and abroad.

She continues to share her knowledge through her publications and her website,

The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

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