All events take place from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in 5057 Woodward Ave. #10302.

 

Thursday, September 26— Michael Paterniti and Kyle Callert

Michael Paterniti is a GQ correspondent and an eight-time National Magazine Award nominee. He is the author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain (Dial Press, 2000) and The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese (Dial Press, 2013). He lives in Portland, Maine. Kyle Callert is a current WSU English major and creative writing student. He is the current nonfiction editor of the Wayne Literary Review.

 

Monday, October 14 — Thomas Lux and Vincent Perrone

Since 1975, Lux has been a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. Lux is also a core faculty member of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. In 1996 he was a visiting professor at University of California, Irvine. A former Guggenheim Fellow and three times a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lux received, in 1995, the $50,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his sixth collection, Split Horizons. His poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and many other anthologies. Vincent Perrone is a current WSU English major and creative writing student. He is the editor in chief of the Wayne Literary Review.

 

Monday, November 4 — francine j. harris and Christine Bettis

francine j. harris’ first collection, allegiance, reached the number one spot on the national poetry bestseller's list and in 2013 has been a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including recent publications in Sou’Wester, B O D Y and Southern Indiana Review. Originally from Detroit, she is a Cave Canem fellow and is the Front Street Writers Writer-in-Residence in Traverse City, Michigan for the 2013/14 school year. Christine Bettis is a current Wayne State Honors English major and creative writing student. She is also the poetry editor of the Wayne Literary Review.

 

Monday, November 25— Hanna Pylvainen and Joe Harris

Hanna Pylväinen is from suburban Detroit. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a postgraduate Zell Fellow.  She is the recipient of residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts and a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her first novel, We Sinners, was published by Henry Holt in 2012. Currently, she lives in Brooklyn, where she is completing her second novel, The End of Drum Time. Most recently, she is the recipient of the 2012 Whiting Writers' Award, and the Balcones Fiction Prize. Joe Harris is currently completing his M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing at WSU.

 

Monday, January 27 — Cody Walker and Kinyel Ferguson

Author of Shuffle and Breakdown (The Waywiser Press, 2008) and co-editor of Alive at the Center: An Anthology of Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2013). Poems, stories, and essays published in The Best American Poetry, Parnassus, Shenandoah, Slate, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, Salon, Subtropics, The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Kinyel Ferguson is currently completing her M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing at WSU.

 

Monday, February 3 — Ben Stroud and Stephen Snyder

Ben Stroud’s story collection Byzantium will be published by Graywolf in July.  The collection won the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize and was selected as a Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Book for 2013.  Ben’s stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, One Story, Electric Literature, Boston Review, and The American Scholar, among other places, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South and Best American Mystery Stories.  Originally from Texas, he holds a BA in English and History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Fiction and PhD in Twentieth-Century American Literature from the University of Michigan.  He has received residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and has taught literature and creative writing at universities in the US and Germany.  Currently, Ben is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Toledo. Stephen Snyder is a current English major and creative writing student at Wayne State.

 

Monday, February 17 -- Naomi Long Madgett and Kathy Harrison

 

Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett has been well recognized for her contributions as poet, publisher/editor, educator, and most recently the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award. She is author of ten books of poems, the first published when she was only seventeen years old. Her early out-of-print books are now available from Michigan State University Press under the title, Remembrances of Spring: Collected Early Poems. Among her most recent books of poems, all available from Lotus Press, Inc., are Octavia: Guthrie and Beyond and Connected Islands: New and Selected Poems. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and 185 anthologies, both here and in Europe. Octavia and Other Poems (Third World Press) was co-winner of the Creative Achievement Award (College Language Association) and was made required reading in all the public high schools in Detroit. It was also the basis of a documentary film, A Poet's Voice (Vander Films), which won the Gold Apple Award of Excellence from the National Educational Media Network. Naomi published her autobiography, Pilgrim Journey, in 2006. She is editor of two anthologies, including the groundbreaking Adam of Ife: Black Women in Praise of Black Men, to which 55 African American women contributed positive poems. She also wrote the insightful introduction which puts into historical perspective the problems of many contemporary black men. Kathy Harrison is currently taking creative writing courses at Wayne State University.

 

Monday, March 24 — Robert Fanning and Alan Harris

Robert Fanning is the author of American Prophet (Marick Press), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press) and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. A graduate of University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. Fanning's writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Inkwell Poetry Award, and the Foley Poetry Award. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, MI. with his wife Denise Whitebread Fanning, who is a sculptor and yoga instructor, and their two children. To read more of his work, visit www.robertfanning.wordpress.com. Alan Harris is currently completing his M.A. degree in English with a creative writing emphasis at WSU.

 

Monday, April 14 — Student Writing Awards Reading

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