The Meijer Visiting Writers Series Presents: A Reading by fiction writer Marc Anthony Richardson

ONLINE AT WebEx: Matthew Roberson’s room:

Marc Anthony Richardson is an artist and novelist from Philadelphia, who specializes in dense, visceral prose that circles on itself and leaps from present to past, using language that is, at times, phantasmagoric. Year of the Rat, his debut novel, won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and an American Book Award. Richardson was also the recipient of a PEN America grant, a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright fellowship, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. Messiahs, his second novel, is due for release in Fall 2021. The book takes place in Kafkaesque America, where one can assume a relative’s capital sentence for holy reform—the proxy initiative, patterned after the Passion. Richardson’s work has appeared in Conjunctions, Callaloo, Western Humanities Review, and the anthology, Who Will Speak for America?, from Temple University Press. He received his MFA from Mills College and taught at Rutgers University. He is a 2021 Creative Capital Awardee and will be a writer-in-residence at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.


The Meijer Visiting Writers Series Presents: A Reading by 2020 National Book Award Finalist, Tommye Blount

ONLINE AT WebEx: Robert Fanning’s room:

Tommye Blount grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College. He is a 2020 National Book Award Finalist for his poetry collection Fantasia for the Man in Blue, and the author of the chapbook What Are We Not For (2016). Blount has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Cave Canem, and Kresge Arts. He lives in Novi, Michigan.


The Faculty Readings Series presents: A reading by Darrin Doyle and Robert Fanning

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Darrin Doyle is a Professor of English-Creative Writing and the author of five books of fiction, most recently the story collection Scoundrels Among Us (Tortoise Books), which The Bookends Review calls “a majorly imaginative, evocative, and rewarding read.” BULL magazine writes “His world vision, his heart, his ability to cut to the core of what makes humanity tic, what makes humanity ugly, what makes humanity beautiful–it all should be required reading for everybody.” His latest collection, The Big Baby Crime Spree and Other Delusions (Wolfson Press), will be released in March, 2021.

Robert Fanning is a Professor of English-Creative Writing and the author of six books of poetry, including four full-length collections: Severance (Salmon Poetry, 2019), Our Sudden Museum, (Salmon Poetry, 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2015) and Old Bright Wheel (The Ledge Press, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, The Atlanta Review, Waxwing, Thrush, The Cortland Review and many other journals. He is the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI.