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Upcoming Speakers

Every year, the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series is committed to bringing two noteworthy guests to the University of Portland.


Jess Walter

Jess Walter

UP’s Fall 2023 Schoenfeldt Speaker will be author Jess Walter, who joins our campus Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Click HERE to watch his hour-long November 1 lecture. 

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the best-selling author of seven novels, two books of short stories and one nonfiction book. Walter's work has been translated into 34 languages, and his fiction has been selected three times for Best American Short Stories, as well as the Pushcart Prize and Best American Nonrequired Reading. His stories, essays and journalism have appeared in Harper'sEsquirePlayboy, McSweeney'sTin HousePloughshares, the New York Times, the Washington Post and many others.
Beginning his writing career as a reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, he has a long history of finding inspiration from his community and writing stories about local people and events. His novel Beautiful Ruins, a satirical critique of Hollywood culture, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and was Esquire's Book of the Year and NPR Fresh Air's Novel of the Year. His newest work, The Angel of Rome, is a poignant collection of short stories that celebrates the beauty in the mundane and the intimate and turbulent lives of its subjects. In addition to writing novels, Walter has worked as a screenwriter and served as a professor of graduate creative writing at the University of Iowa, Pacific University, Eastern Washington University, and Pacific Lutheran University.

This event will take place in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7:30 pm, and is free and open to all. For additional details, and a copy of The Angel of Rome, please contact Lars Larson.
Ross Gay

Ross Gay

UP's Spring 2024 Schoenfeldt Speaker will be author and poet Ross Gay, who joins our campus on Monday, March 18, 2024.

Ross Gay is interested in joy.

Ross Gay wants to understand joy.

Ross Gay is curious about joy.

Ross Gay studies joy.

Something like that. 

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022, and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights was released in September of 2023. For his visit to UP, we will be discussing his book, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

This event will take place in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7:30 pm. For additional details, and a free copy of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, feel free to contact Lars Larson.