​​​​​Meijer Visiting Writers Series
The Creative Writing program features readings by poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers of national prominence in the Meijer Visiting Writers Series, made possible by a generous grant from the Meijer Foundation.

​Readings for Fall 2016:

​Poet, Sandra Beasley​​​

​Thursday, October 6th 8:00pm in Park Library Baber Room​​

​​Sandra BeasleySandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and two DCCAH Artist Fellowships. She is also the author of the memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.

F​iction Writer, Noy Holland

Thursday, October 20th, 8:00pm in Park Library Baber Room

Noy Holland

Noy Holland's collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2),What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf.) She has published work in Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Western Humanities Review, The Believer, NOON, New York Tyrant, and Post Road, among others.  She was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.  She serves on the board of directors at Fiction Collective Two.​

Stay tuned for the spring 2017 readings in the Meijer Visiting Writers Series!

The CMU Creative Writing Program also runs the Wellspring Literary Series.

Wellspring Literary Series readings for fall 2016:​

​​Poet, Zilka Joseph

​​​Monday, October 3rd 7pm, Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Zilka Joseph

Zilka Joseph was nominated twice for a Pushcart, and was awarded a Zell Fellowship and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared or will be appearing in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Mantis, Review Americana, Gastronomica. and in anthologies such as Cheers To Muses: Works by Asian American Women. Lands I Live In and What Dread, her chapbooks, were nominated for a PEN America award and a Pushcart respectively. Her new book Sharp Blue Search of Flame was published by Wayne State University Press. She teaches creative writing workshops, and is an independent editor and  manuscript coach. www.zilkajose​ph.com​​

​​Poet, Zachary Tomaszewski

​​​Monday, November 14th 7pm, Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Zachary TomaszewskiAfter a series of ramblings and residencies in Ireland and Vermont and hitch-hiking out west, culminating in a job at Glacier National Park, Montana, Z.G. Tomaszewski, born in 1989, lives in Grand Rapids where he aspires to fish the river every morning and play bossa nova in a lounge by night. For now, Tomaszewski works maintenance at an old Masonic Temple and is a founding member and events coordinator of Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters and co-director of Lamp Light Music Festival. His debut book All Things Dusk was the winner of the International Poetry Prize of 2014, chosen by Li-Young Lee, and published by Hong Kong University Press. His chapbook, Mineral Whisper, composed while living in Ireland, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (December 2016) ​​​

Click here for more info about the Wellspring Literary Series​

Please "like" our Facebook page, Central English/Creative Writing, to follow the schedule of upcoming readings and events.

​Formerly, the College of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) and the CMU English Department sponsored the Visiting Writers Series. Past visitors to the series include: Toi Derricotte, Dan Chaon, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Thomas Lux, Marie Howe, Terrance Hayes, Louise Gluck, Meg Kearney, John Rybicki, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ross Gay, Peter Markus, Paula McLain, Steve Tomasula, Lance Olsen, Sheila Heti, Thomas Lynch, Matthea Harvey, Charles Baxter, Brian Evenson, Robert Creeley, Donald Revell, Cris Mazza, Laura Mullen, Laura Kasischke, Mark Halliday, Stuart Dybek, Forrest Gander, Gary Gildner, Lance Henson, bell hooks, Janet Kauffman, Judith Minty, N. Scott Momaday, Jean Valentine, Ander Monson and ZZ Packer

Faculty & Student Readings

The Creative Writing program also features annual readings by its faculty members, as well as student readings by undergraduate and graduates, including a reading by contributors to the university literary magazines, Central Review and Temenos.