​​​​​​The 11th Annual Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass  Marathon Reading

Friday, September 21, 7:21 a.m. - ???, Fabiano Botanical Garden in front of Park Library

Beginning at sunrise, students, faculty and local community members will gather to read Walt Whitman's classic collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass. All are welcome to participate as readers and/or listeners in this favorite annual event, that takes place on the grass (fittingly) beside the pond in Fabiano Botanical Garden. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the gazebo, or will be rescheduled. Participants are welcome to come and go as they wish throughout the day, and the reading will conclude either at the end of the book, or when the readers tire out, whichever comes first! Typically, the reading ends in late afternoon.

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. The series is focused on bringing nation and international writers to Mt. Pleasant and to continue the over 20 year tradition of the college's Visiting Writers Series that preceded it. Each year, we bring two fiction writers and two poets to campus.

Meijer Visiting Writers Series readings for Fall 2018:

Author, Joanna Ruocco

Thursday, October 4, 8:00 p.m., Baber Room, Park Library

Joanna Ruocco is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Week (The Elephants of British Columbia), Field Glass (Sidebrow Books), written with Joanna Howard, and Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project). Her novel, Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. She also works pseudonymously. Under her current nom de plume, Joanna Lowell, she published Dark Season, a Gothic romance. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at Wake Forest University and chair of the board of directors of the independent, author-run press Fiction Collective Two.

Poet, Eva Christina Zeller

Thursday, November 1, 8:00 p.m., Baber Room, Park Library

German poet Eva Christina Zeller teaches creative writing at the Leibniz Kolleg at the University of Tübingen. Her writing has been recognized by the prestigious Thaddäus-Troll-Award, as well as the Baden-Württemberg Prize for the Support of Writers in 2014, among many other awards. She has published several books of poetry and has been translated into Portugese. Several of her plays, including recently “Tod in Tübingen” (Death in Tubingen), co-written with her colleague Joachim Zelter, and “An die Arbiet!” (To Work!) have been performed. She has been a writer-in-residence in many countries, including New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Ireland and Denmark.

Wellspring Literary Series

The Wellspring Literary Series brings some of the finest poets and writers to mid-Michigan from all over the state; thus far we've featured writers from Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Holland, Midland and of course right here in good old Mount Pleasant. Audiences are also treated to readings by Central Michigan University students, and music by local musicians and students and faculty of the School of Music. Max & Emily's restaurant donates a complete spread of food for the events--so everyone leaves well-fed and nourished by good food, music, art, and poetry!

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

Poet, Marc Hudson

Monday, October 1, 7pm , Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Marc Hudson is a poet and nonfiction writer who taught for many years at Wabash College. He is a board member of the Friends of Sugar Creek, and likes to saunter in the woodlands nearby. He is at work on a book of essays on the ecological imagination. His books of poetry are Island (Jawbone Press), Afterlight (University of Mass. Press, winner of the Juniper Prize), Journal for an Injured Son (Lockhart press), and The Disappearing Poet Blues (Bucknell UP), and East of Sorrow (Red Mountain Press, 2017). His Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary was published in the U.K. by Wordsmith Editions. His poetry awards include an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the Strousse Award (Prarie Schooner), and the Allen Tate Poetry Prize (Sewanee Review). He lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, the writer and the scholar Helen Mundy Hudson.

Author, kim d. hunter

Monday, November 12, 7pm , Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

kim d. hunter is the author of the fiction collection "The Official Report on Human Activity" (Wayne State University Press, 2018). hunter is a Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups. He co-directed the Woodward Line Poetry Series for 13 years which earned Knight Arts Challenge Detroit in 2013. His poems appear in "6x6 #35: They Say Triangle," "Rainbow Darkness," "Abandon Automobile" and elsewhere. He has published two collections of poetry: "edge of the time zone" (White Print Inc., 2009) and "borne on slow knives" (Past Tents, 2001). He received a Kresge Literary Fellowship in 2012 for fiction. For this event, kim d. hunter will be reading from "The Official Report on Human Activity," a collection of short fiction that runs the gamut from the surreal to the semi-autobiographical and deals with collisions of gender, race and class with the politics of corporations and media.

Click here for more info about the Wellspring Literary Series​

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.

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

​​​Jeffrey Bean and Darrin Doyle

Thursday, November 29, 8pm, Baber Room, Park Library

Jeffrey Bean is the author of the poetry collection Diminished Fifth (WordTech) and the chapbooks Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (Southeast Missouri State University Press) and The Voyeur's Litany (Anabiosis Press). His second full-length poetry collection, Woman Putting on Pearls, won the 2016 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry and was published in 2017 by Red Mountain Press. His poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac, in the 2014 and 2016 New Poetry from the Midwest anthologies, and in Garrison Keillor's anthology, Good Poems, American Places. Recent poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, and River Styx, among other journals. He can be found online at www.jeffreybeanpoet.com.

Darrin Doyle holds an MFA from Western Michigan University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of the story collections Scoundrels Among Us and The Dark Will End the Dark (Tortoise Books) and the novels Revenge of the Teacher's Pet: A Love Story (LSU Press) and The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo (St. Martin's Press). He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the NY Summer Writers Institute. His short fiction has appeared in Hobart, Passages North, Summerset Review, Word Riot, Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other journals.  More on Darrin here: www.darrindoyle.com  

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