Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2007

Poet Oliver de la Paz to Present Reading Feb. 23 at Whitworth

Oliver de la Paz, poet and professor of creative writing at Western Washington University, will read from his works on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. A book sale and signing will follow the reading. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

De la Paz's book of prose and verse, Names Above Houses, was a winner of the 2000 Crab Orchard Award Series. His second manuscript, Furious Lullaby, will be published in 2007 by Southern Illinois University Press. De la Paz is a co-founder and a board member of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization committed to the discovery and cultivation of emerging Asian-American poets. In 2005 de la Paz received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared in journals including Quarterly West, Cream City Review, Third Coast, and North American Review.

De la Paz was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Ontario, Ore. He received a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Arizona State University. He has taught at Arizona State University, Gettysburg College, Utica College, and Western Washington University, where he is currently an assistant professor in the creative-writing program. For more information about de la Paz, visit www.oliverdelapaz.com.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Lisa Sem-Rodrigues, English department program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3253 or lrodrigues@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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