​​​​​​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 2018:

Author, Christina Milletti

Tuesday, February 20th, 8:00pm in Park Library Baber Room​​

Christina Milletti's fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, such as The Master's Review, Denver Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly, American Letters & Commentary, and Harcourt's Best New American Voices (among other places). Her collection of short stories, The Religious & Other Fictions, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has just finished a novel called Choke Box: a mem-noir (an excerpt appears in the Akashic Books anthology Buffalo Noir), and is now at work on a new collection of stories called Erratics. She teaches at the University at Buffalo where she curates the Exhibit X Fiction Series and helped to found UB's new MA in English/Innovative Writing program.

Poet, Melissa Stein

Wednesday, April 25th, 8:00pm in Park Library Baber Room​​

Melissa Stein's poetry collection Rough Honey won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty, and was published by American Poetry Review in association with Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, New England Review, Best New Poets, Beloit Poetry Review, Harvard Review, North American Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and her work has won awards from Spoon River Poetry Review, Literal Latte, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, among others. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of California at Davis, and is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.

The CMU Creative Writing Program also runs the Wellspring Literary Series

Wellspring Literary Series readings for Spring 2018​​​​:​

Poet, Fleda Brown

​​​Monday, March 12th, 7pm Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Fleda Brown's The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems, was chosen by Ted Kooser for his University of Nebraska poetry series in 2017. She has nine previous collections of poems. Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won a Pushcart Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer's Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her memoir, Driving With Dvorak, was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she directed the Poets in the Schools program. She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She now lives with her husband, Jerry Beasley, in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington.

Poet, Eric Torgersen

​​​Monday, April 9th, 7pm Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Eric Torgersen has published eight books and chapbooks of poetry, two of fiction, and a study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry. Born in Melville, New York, he has a BA in German Literature from Cornell; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry at Iowa. He retired in after 38 years of teaching writing at CMU. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. He'll read from latest book, In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals, Mayapple Press 2017. This special evening will also feature the music of Daryl and the Beans, featuring CMU professors Robert Fanning, Darrin Doyle, and Jeffrey Bean.

Click here for more info about the Wellspring Literary Series​

Additionally in Spring 2018, the CMU English Department will present the following reading by CMU Faculty:

​​​Poet, Robert Fanning and Fiction Writer, Darrin Doyle

Thursday, March 22nd 8pm, Park Library Baber Room

Robert Fanning is the author of three full-length poetry collections: The Seed Thieves, American Prophet, and Our Sudden Museum. He is also the author of two chapbooks: Sheet Music, and Old Bright Wheel. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. He is the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series. To read his work, visit www.robertfanning.wordpress.com

Darrin Doyle's most recent book is the story collection, The Dark Will End the Dark (Tortoise Books).  He is the author of the novels The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo (St. Martin's Press) and Revenge of the Teacher's Pet: A Love Story (LSU Press). Darrin's stories have appeared recently in Hobart, Passages North, Word Riot, and other journals.  His work can be found at darrindoyle.com.

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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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