2018-2019 Reading Series

Hilary Plum

Creative Non-Fiction Reading
Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016), winner of the 2018 GLCA New Writers Award; and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, history, and politics. She teaches at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program and is associate director of the CSU Poetry Center. With Zach Savich she edits the Open Prose Series at Rescue Press.

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.


Emily Fridlund

Fiction Reading
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her first novel, History of Wolves, was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Fiction. It was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. It was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, A New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of USA Today’s Notable Books, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a #1 Indie Next pick. The opening chapter was awarded the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Fridlund’s debut collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, Sou’wester, New Delta Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Southwest Review.

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.


Chen Chen

Poetry Reading
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities,which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. The collection was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and named one of the best of 2017 by The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Library Journal, and others. His work has appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry, Bettering American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Chen earned his MFA from Syracuse University and is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing as an off-site Texas Tech University student. He lives in frequently snowy Rochester, NY with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles. Chen is the 2018-2020 Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.

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


Shannon Gibney

Fiction Reading
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color(Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her critically-acclaimed new novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018). In October 2019, University of Minnesota Press will release What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color, which she co-edited with writer Kao Kalia Yang. Photo credit - Kristine Heykants.

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


H.R. Webster

Poetry Reading
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

H.R. Webster is a poet and educator from New England. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. H.R. has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts. She has served as Assistant Editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing and helped launch the Poetry Beyond Bars Summer Writing Intensive for Incarcerated Writers. H.R. has taught writing in prisons, secondary schools, museums, and colleges around New England and the Midwest. She currently teaches at Albion College and serves as the Managing Editor of the Michigan Quarterly Review. Her work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Ecotone, Black Warrior Review, The Seattle Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals.

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.


Leia Wilson pic copy copyLeia Penina Wilson

Poetry Reading
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Dr. Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet hailing from the Midwest. She's spent the last five years in the desert of Las Vegas, NV. You can check out her work in OmniVerse, Dream Pop Press, Diagram, Alice Blue Review, Verse Daily, Bombay Gin, and others. Her favorite things are reading trashy paranormal romance novels, Magic the Gathering, nature documentaries, and koko. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @rakishheir.

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.


Ryler Dustin

Poetry Reading
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Ryler Dustin’s poems appear or are forthcoming in The Best of Iron Horse, American Life in Poetry, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Houston and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has performed on the final stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam. His book, Heavy Lead Birdsong, is available from Write Bloody Publishing.

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.