January 21|7 PM

Newport Visual
Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport OR 97365

open mic follows

Admission $6.00

Free to Students

Peter Rock

Peter Rock is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland, Ore. He has been with Reed College since 2001.Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of the novels, My Abandonment,  The Unsettling, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared widely. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park...Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins...



'An unhealthy obsession with electrocution? I'd like to think there's another kind.'