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Pop-up: Meagan Macvie

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 11:45 am - 12:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Meagan Macvie pops-up with her recent work, The Ocean in My Ears

Macvie is paired with Marine by William Trost Richards; found in the American Art, floor 2, gallery 206. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Meri Miller lives in Soldotna, Alaska. Never heard of it? That’s because in Slowdotna the most riveting activities for a teenager are salmon fishing and grabbing a Big Gulp at the local 7-Eleven. More than anything, Meri wants to hop in her VW Bug and head somewhere exciting, like New York or L.A. or any city where going to the theater doesn’t only mean the movies. Everything is so scripted here—don’t have too much fun, date this guy because he’s older and popular, stay put because that’s what everyone else does.

But when her senior year should be all boys, SAT prep, and prom drama, Meri feels more and more distance between herself and the people she loves. Her grandma dies, her brother gets hurt, and even her best friend checks out to spend more time with some guy. As she struggles with family, grief, friends, and hormones, Meri must decide if she really is ready for the world beyond her backyard.

Meagan Macvie’s debut novel, The Ocean in My Ears, raises questions of love, purpose, and the power to choose your own future even when your future’s the thing that scares you the most.

Meagan Macvie

Meagan Macvie was born and raised in Alaska. She received her MFA in fiction from Pacific Lutheran University. Her work has appeared in Narrative, Fugue, and Barrelhouse, as well as the short story anthology Timberland Writes Together. Her debut novel is The Ocean In My Ears. Meagan lives with her husband and daughter in Washington State. 
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