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 Spring 2019:

Author, Laura Kasischke

Thursday, March 14, 8:00 p.m., Baber Room, Park Library

Laura Kasischke has published eight collections of poetry and ten novels. She has received many honors for her works, including the Juniper Prize, multiple Pushcart Prizes, and the Rilke Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Known for her expertise in narrative in her poetry and in her novels, Kasischke’s books The Life Before Her Eyes,Suspicious River, and Be Mine have been adapted for film. She teaches in the University of Michigan MFA program and the Residential College. Sponsored by theMeijer Visiting Writers Series within the Department of English Language and Literature's Creative Writing Program. For more information, contact Darrin Doyle at 989-774-1349 or darrin.doyle@cmich.edu.

Author, Franny Choi

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m., Baber Room, Park Library

Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014), and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. See more on Franny here http://frannychoi.com.

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 Spring 2019​​​​:​

Poet, Cindy Hunter Morgan

Monday, March 18, 7pm , Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant

Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches poetry and creative writing at Michigan State University and is the Interim Director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU. She is the author of a full length poetry collection and two chapbooks. Harborless (Wayne State University Press) is a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and the winner of the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won the Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook award. She writes regularly for the Murder Ballad Monday, a blog devoted to the exploration of the murder ballad tradition in folk and popular music. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Tin House Online, Salamander, The Pinch, and West Branch.

Writer, Russell Brakefield with musical guest Daryl and the Beans

Monday, April 15, 7pm , Location TBD (Due to the anticipation of a larger audience, this event may take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan, located at 319 S. University Ave.)
Russell Brakefield is an alumnus of Central Michigan University, and the author of Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press, 2018). His writing has appeared in Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan Musical Society, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Parks Department. He teaches writing at the University Writing Program at the University of Denver. This special evening will also feature the music of Daryl and the Beans, featuring CMU Professors Robert Fanning, Darrin Doyle and Jeffrey Bean.

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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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Robert Fanning and Matthew Roberson

Thursday, April 18, 8pm, Baber Room, Park Library

Robert Fanning  is the author of six poetry collections, including four full length collections: Severance (Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Forthcoming, 2019) Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland. 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press.2016), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and many other journals.

Matthew Roberson is the author of three novels, 1998.6, Impotent, and List, all from FC2. His short fiction has appeared in Notre Dame Review, Fourteen Hills, Fiction International, Clackamas Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and others. Matthew Roberson is a professor of English at Central Michigan University. 

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