The 12th Annual Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass Marathon Reading

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7:23am-???
FABIANO BOTANICAL GARDEN

Bring a blanket and come for an hour or two, or all day long, as (beginning at sunrise!) we read the Deathbed Edition of Whitman’s classic, Leaves of Grass in the beautiful Fabiano Botanical Garden on CMU’s campus adjacent to Park Library. All are welcome to come take turns with others reading, or just lay back on the grass and listen and enjoy.

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The Meijer Visiting Writers Series Presents:
A Reading by Robert Lopez and Sam Ligon

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 8PM.
SARAH AND DANIEL OPPERMAN AUDITORIUM, PARK LIBRARY

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the World, Kamby Bolongo Mean River —named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, All Back Full, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in dozens of publications, including Bomb, The Threepenny Review, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction – Latino. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. He was a fellow in fiction for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 and Visiting Writer at Syracuse University for fall, 2018. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Samuel Ligon recently finished writing a serial novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—which appeared in fifty installments in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander, as well as online (millercane.inlander.com), on Spokane Public Radio, and as a podcast. The author of four previous books of fiction, most recently Wonderland, Ligon is also co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, serves as EWU’s Faculty Legislative Liaison in Olympia, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

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The Wellspring Literary Series features
 poets Jen Ashburn and Jason Irwin

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7PM.
ARTREACH, 111 E. BROADWAY, MP


Jen Ashburn
is the author of The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016) and has work published in numerous venues, including The MacGufffin, Whiskey Island and The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Her poem “Our Mother Drove Barefoot” was selected for the 2018 Public Poetry Project by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and distributed on posters across the state. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, and lives in Pittsburgh.

Jason Irwin is the author of A Blister of Stars (Low Ghost, 2016), Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It's A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Pittsburgh.

www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com


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The Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series presents:
An evening with poet Tess Gallagher

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 PM
SARAH AND DANIEL OPPERMAN AUDITORIUM, PARK LIBRARY

Tess Gallagher is the award-winning author of more than a dozen poetry collections, most recently Is, Not Is, from Graywolf Press (2019), in addition to essay and short story collections. Her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Award, among others. She has taught at numerous universities, and, in addition to her acclaimed writing and awards, Tess Gallagher is one of the last, still active writers to have studied creative writing under Theodore Roethke, the Saginaw-raised, Pulitzer Prize—winning poet. The presentation is made possible, in part, by the Friends of Theodore Roethke, a non-profit organization in Saginaw, Michigan. A reception will follow the event, to be held in the Baber Room of the Park Library.


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The Wellspring Literary Series features poet Michelle Peñaloza

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7PM.
ARTREACH, 111 E. BROADWAY, MP

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize (Inlandia Books, 2019). She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her work can be found in River Styx, Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, and Hugo House as well as the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar. The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle was born in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and raised in Nashville, TN. She now lives, farms, and writes in rural Northern California.
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The Meijer Visiting Writers Series Presents: 
A Reading by poet Catherine Wing

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8:00 PM
SARAH AND DANIEL OPPERMAN AUDITORIUM, PARK LIBRARY

Poet Catherine Wing was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended Brown University before earning her MFA from the University of Washington. Her collections of poetry include Enter Invisible (2005), nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Gin & Bleach (2012). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, the Nation, and the Chicago Review and has been featured in a number of anthologies, including Best American Poetry (2010). Wing has received fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and teaches poetry at Kent State.
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The Faculty Readings Series presents:
A reading by Jeffrey Bean and Darrin Doyle

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 8PM.
SARAH AND DANIEL OPPERMAN AUDITORIUM, PARK LIBRARY

Jeffrey Bean is Professor of English/Creative Writing and the author of two chapbooks and the poetry collections Woman Putting on Pearls and Diminished Fifth. Recent poems appear in The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, and Willow Springs, among other journals. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Jessica, daughter Olivia, and dog Molly Weasley. www.jeffreybeanpoet.com

Darrin Doyle is a Professor of English/Creative Writing and the author of five books of fiction, most recently the story collections Scoundrels Among Us (Tortoise Books), and the forthcoming The Big Baby Crime Spree and Other Delusions (Wolfson Press). His fiction has appeared in Hobart, Passages North, Summerset Review,Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. www.darrindoyle.com