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Pacific Standard's poetry and fiction reading series were called, by New York Magazine, no less, "Best New Literary Event of 2008".

Poets have included Eamon Grennan, Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyaaka, Joshua Mehigan, Kimiko Hahn, D. Nurkse, Dan Beachy-Quick, Kathleen Graber, Matthea Harvey, Tracy K. Smith, Ciaran Berry, Marcus Jackson, Cate Marvin, Brenda Shaughnessy, and John Brehm.

Fictioneers have included Joseph O'Neill, Hari Kunzru, Francisco Goldman, Samantha Hunt, Joshua Ferris, Christopher Sorrentino, and Colson Whitehead.