​​​​​​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.

Meijer Visiting Writers Series readings for Spring 2017:

suess.jpgPoet, Diane Seuss

​Thursday, March 16th 8:00pm in Park Library Baber Room​​

Diane Seuss was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. She earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Western Michigan University. Seuss is the author of the poetry collections Four-Legged Girl (2015), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), winner of the 2009 Juniper Prize for Poetry; and It Blows You Hollow (1998). Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Georgia Review, Brevity, Able Muse, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and the Missouri Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 2014. She was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English at Colorado College in 2012, and she has taught at Kalamazoo College since 1988.

bachelder.jpgF​iction Writer, Chris Bachelder

Thursday, April 13th, 8:00pm in Park Library Baber Room

Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels The Throwback Special, Abbott Awaits, U.S.!, and Bear v. Shark. Bachelder's short fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, The Believer, Harper's, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, Subtropics, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati, where he teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

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

Wellspring Literary Series readings for Spring 2017​​​​:​

​​grunow.jpgPoet, Melissa Grunow

​​​Monday, March 13th 7pm, Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which was selected as "Outstanding “Memoir” in the 2016 Independent Author Network's Book of the Year awards. A Pushcart Prize nominee and regular contributing writer to Literary Arts Review, her work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, Temenos, and Yemassee, among many others. She has an MFA with distinction from National University and is an alumna of Central Michigan University. Visit her website at www.melissagrunow.com

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The Michigan Poet Reading

​​​Monday, April 10th 7pm, Location TBA

This Wellspring reading will be a celebration of Michigan Poetry featuring more than twenty Michigan poets who will share their poems from the anthology, The Michigan Poet: Collected Poems, 2010-2015, edited by Foster Neill and Jonathon Jay Taylor. This special evening will also feature the music of Daryl and the Beans, who will release their new CD, entitled "Burnin' the Eagle," a benefit to help fund the Carroll Arnett Scholarship

Click here for more info about the Wellspring Literary Series​

Additionally in spring 2017, the CMU English Department will present the following reading by local authors:

​​​Fiction Writer Paul anderson and ​Poet Eric Torgersen

Thursday, March 23rd 8pm, Park Library Baber Room

Paul Anderson earned his MA from Central Michigan University and his MFA from University of Arkansas-Monticello. His first book, Model Citizens, was published by Wordpool Press in 2016. His work has also appeared in such publications as Cardinal Sins, Absent Willow Review, Thunder Sandwich, Temenos, Gravel, and Reader's Digest. Snarky husband, new father, and host of the sporadically updated Fiction Fanatic podcast, Paul also has the good fortune of teaching creative writing and composition at CMU, where he hopes to instill a universal appreciation for the Oxford comma.

Eric Torgersen taught Creative Writing at CMU for thirty-eight years before retiring in 2008. He has published seven books and chapbooks of poetry, two of fiction, and a study of Rainer Maria Rilke and the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker. His new collection is In Which We See our Selves: American Ghazals, from Mayapple Press.

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​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.

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