CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writers and Oregon State University alumni Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Watterson’s short story collection, “Ventriloquisms,” won the 2016 Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, and will be published this month by Willow Springs Books/Eastern Washington University. She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing at OSU and her doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. 

Watterson’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including New Delta Review, The Spectacle, Puerto del Sol, North Dakota Quarterly and Birkensnake.

Shum is the author of the 2017 novel, “Queen of Spades,” based on his own experiences as a poker dealer.  He holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. 

His work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse, Bartleby Snopes and many other publications.

The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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Michelle Klampe


Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658,