The Faculty Reading Series presents:
Darrin Doyle and Robert Fanning

Thursday, February 20, 8pm
Baber Room, Park Library


Darrin Doyle is a Professor of English 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, Word Riot, Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. www.darrindoyle.com

Robert Fanning is a Professor of English and the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Severance (Salmon Poetry, 2019), Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), and two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2015), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award, 2002). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, and many other journals. He is the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI. www.robertfanning.wordpress.com.

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The Wellspring Literary Series presents:
Jenifer DeBellis

Monday, March 16, 7PM.
Artreach, 111 E Broadway, Mt. Pleasant

Jenifer DeBellis is the author of Blood Sisters (Main Street Rag, 2018) and founding director of aRIFT Warrior Project. Her second book, Warrior Sister, Cut Yourself Free from Your Assault, is due for release in 2020. In addition to publishing and promoting her poetry and prose, she edits Pink Panther Magazine and directs the Detroit Writers’ Guild. She is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee and appears in AWP's Festival Writer, CALYX, the Good Men Project, Literary Orphans, Solstice, and other fine journals. A former fellow for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, she facilitates workshops for Oakland University’s MBWP Writing Camps, as well as teaches writing and literature for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College.

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The Meijer Visiting Writer Series presents:
 Lauren Goodwin Slaughter

Thursday, March 19, 8PM.
Baber Room, Park Library

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is the author of the poetry collection, a lesson in smallness, which was a finalist for the Rousseau Prize for Literature. Her poems have recently appeared in 32 Poems,Sugar House Review, Nashville Review, and Kenyon Review Online. She is an assistant professor of English at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is also Editor-in-Chief of NELLE, a literary journal that publishes writing by women.

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The Meijer Visiting Writers Series presents:
Christine Sneed

Thursday, April 16, 8PM
Baber Room, Park Library

Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men. Her work has been included in publications such as The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and O Magazine. She lives in southern California and teaches for the graduate creative writing programs at Northwestern University and Regis University.

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The Wellspring Literary Series presents:
Peter Markus
with special guests Daryl and the Beans

MONDAY, April 20, 7PM.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 319 S. University Mt Pleasant

Peter Markus is the author of the novel Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as several other books of short fiction, among them The Fish and the Not Fish, We Make Mud, and Good, Brother. His most recent book, Inside My Pencil: Teaching Poetry in Detroit Public Schools, takes as its subject the work that he does as the Senior Writer of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, about which the review in Booklist makes the claim that “Markus empowers his students to turn their simple No. 2 pencils into instruments more magical than any wand at Hogwarts.” He has also taught Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy, at Eastern Michigan University, and is currently a professor at Oakland University.

Daryl and the Beans is an American Band that's coming to your town, and only your town, featuring four members who are all professors of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University: Jeffrey Bean aka “Daryl”: (Vocals, Guitar, Bass), Darrin Doyle, aka: “Bean” (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Drums, Djembe), Robert Fanning, aka: “Bean” (Vocals, Guitar, Tambourine, Maracas, Leg) and Matthew Roberson, aka: “Daryl” (Spiritual Advisor). Based in Mount Pleasant, MI., they play a wide variety of tweaked-up covers of everything from bluegrass standards to metal, to rap to funk to indie rock, including songs by Prince, Van Halen, Bee Gees, Selena Gomez, Man Man, Low, Billie Eilish, Flaming Lips, Versus, Run DMC, Dan Reeder, Vic Chesnutt, Beck, Gillian Welch, and many more…) along with some original musical works of art.