Albion College Department of English Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for a wide range of challenging academic, personal, and professional goals by teaching them to read attentively and critically and to convey complex ideas persuasively and creatively. Our students develop social and cultural awareness, curiosity, and the love of language by deepening their understanding of diverse literary works and the craft of writing. What is more, the department believes the education we provide cultivates in our students the habits of mind and spirit that enable and encourage productive, fulfilling lives.

What binds the multiple aspects of the Albion College English department together is a love of reading and writing sharpened by a firm commitment to the value and diversity of human experiences, voices, and literatures. Our students become attentive to details, to connections, to relationships. They grow accustomed to the rigor and difficulty of thinking and writing their way through complex problems shaped and solved by language. We believe that this combination of passion and commitment will enable the next generation of leaders and citizens not only to succeed in the world but to shape it.

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.

2015-2016 Reading Series

Creative Nonfiction Reading:Angela Pelster

Angela Pelster

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Angela Pelster is the author of Limber (Sarabande), which won the GLCA New Writers Award for creative nonfiction. The Seattle Times describes Limber as "one of the quirkiest and most original books about the natural world… Filled with precise, poetical and sparse language, the essays reveal not just the life of trees but how they connect us to the greater world around us." Pelster's essays have appeared in Granta, The Gettysburg Review, Seneca Review, Fourth Genre, and others. Her children's novel, The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (River Books), won the Golden Eagle Children's Choice award in 2006. She earned an MFA from the University of Iowa. She currently lives with her family in Baltimore and teaches at Towson University.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow 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:Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press), which won the GLCA New Writers Award for poetry. Faizullah's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Ploughshares, Jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She has received various awards, including the 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry, a 2015 Pushcart Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, an Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. A native of Midland, Texas, she earned an MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, Faizullah lives in Detroit, and is an editor for the Asian American Literary Review and the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. Visit her online at: www.tfaizullah.com.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow 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: David James Poissant

David James Poissant

Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

David James Poissant is the winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for fiction for his collection of short stories, The Heaven of Animals (Simon & Schuster), which was a finalist for the 2014 LA Times Book Prize and was nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, One Story, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review, and his stories have been anthologized in New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices. He has received various awards, including the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters. Currently at work on a novel, Poissant teaches at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando. Visit him online at: www.davidjamespoissant.com.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow 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.

2014-2015 Reading Series

Fiction Reading:E.J. Levy
E.J. Levy

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

E.J. Levy’s writing has been featured in Best American Essays, Paris Review, and The New York Times, among other places, and received a Pushcart Prize. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award, and a 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award; a French edition is forthcoming. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda Literary Award. She holds a degree in History from Yale and teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University; she lives with her partner and their baby in Loveland.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow 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:Monica McFawn
Monica McFawn

Thursday, February 5, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Monica McFawn lives in Michigan and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University. Her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Web Conjunctions, Missouri Review, and others. Her collection of short stories, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of a hybrid chapbook, A Catalogue of Rare Movements, and her plays and screenplays have had readings in Chicago and New York.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow 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.


Creative Nonfiction Reading: Joe Wilkins
Joe Wilkins

Monday, October 20, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Bobbitt Auditorium

Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir The Mountain and the Fathers (2012), a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor book and winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers award. He is also the author of two poetry collections, Killing the Murnion Dogs (2011) and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, and Slate, and has also been anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing, Writing Today, New Poets of the American West, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Best New Poets 2006. The recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center and the winner of the Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency from PEN Northwest, Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and he currently teaches at Linfield College.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow 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.

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