2013-2014 Reading Series

Creative Nonfiction Reading:Busch black and white
Benjamin Busch

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
5:00 p.m.
Bobbitt Auditorium

Writer, actor, photographer, and former United States Marine Corps infantry officer, Benjamin Busch is the author of the memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco/HarperCollins), which won the 2013 GLCA New Writers Award for creative nonfiction (2013), and was a finalist for both the Michigan Notable Book Award and the Society of Midland Authors Literary Award.  His poetry and essays have appeared in literary journals such as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, North American Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and his essay “Growth Rings” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a contributing writer to NPR’s All Things Considered.  His photographs have appeared in print journals such as Prairie Schooner, Five Points, The Connecticut River Review, Epiphany, and War, Literature, & the Arts.  As an actor, Benjamin Busch is best known for his role as Anthony Colicchio on HBO’s The Wire, as well as his appearances on The Beast and Generation Kill.  He is also the writer/director of the award-winning films BRIGHT and Sympathetic. Benjamin Busch lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library.
For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

 

Fiction Reading:ismet prcic
Ismet Prcic

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Wendell Will Room 

Ismet Prcic is the author of Shards (Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic), a novel that won the GLCA New Writers Award for fiction (2013), and was shortlisted for the Center of Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan award (2011). He is a recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction and was a 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellow.  Born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Prcic immigrated to America in 1996. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife.  Visit him online at: http://www.ismetprcic.com/index.html.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library.  For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

 

Poetry Reading:Phillips headshot black and white
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Wendell Will Room  

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012), which won the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry (2013), the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry (2013), a was finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry (2012) and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.  Phillips is also the author of a collection of essays, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010), and a translation of  Salvador Espriu’s short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Dalkey Archive Press, 2012).  His poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Callaloo, Granta, The Iowa Review, jubilat, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University. He is currently an associate professor of English and the director of the Poetry Center at Stony Brook University.  He lives in New York City and Barcelona. 

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library.  For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

 

Poetry Reading:Albergotti Black and white laugh
Dan Albergotti

Thursday, April 10, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Wendell Will Room  

Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA, 2008), which poet Edward Hirsch selected for the Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and the forthcoming Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), which poet Rodney Jones selected for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.  He is also the author of The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013), a limited-edition chapbook, and Charon's Manifest, which won the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition (2005).  His poetry has appeared in

literary journals such as Blackbird, Five Points, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conference, a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Pushcart Prize recipient, Dan Albergotti holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Currently, he edits the online journal Waccamaw and teaches creative writing and literature at Coastal Carolina University.

There will be a reception and book signing immediately after the reading.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the English Department and Sigma Tau Delta.  For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.