Anne-Marie Oomen, author of "Love, Sex, and 4-H," and Diane DeCillis, award-winning author of "Strings Attached" (both published by Wayne State University Press), were here for our Writers Squared series, an opportunity for two authors to get together and get down to the knitty-gritty of the writing process. A big thank you to both authors, and to the enthusiastic audience members, for joining us! Pick up a copy of their books, Diane's "Strings Attached," and Anne-Marie's "Love Sex and 4-H; these books, like their authors, are beautiful!
We had a great time at A CIRCUS OF POETS with Robert Fanning, John Rybicki, and Z.G. Tomaszewski Thursday, June 18, 6:30pm
Robert Fanning is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Our Sudden Museum (forthcoming, Salmon Press), American Prophet (Marick Press), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press), as well as one chapbook, Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Poet and the Poem.” A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.
John Rybicki was born and raised in Detroit. He has since lived and worked on farms in southwestern Michigan near the small towns of Vicksburg, Grand Junction, and Richland. His poems have appeared in The Quarterly, Poetry East, New York Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly, and Caliban. He is the author of Traveling at High Speedsand a chapbook, Yellow-Haired Girl with Spider. His second book of poems, We Bed Down into Water, was published by Northwestern/Triquarterly in 2008.
Z.G. Tomaszewski is a rambler, handyman, and musician, as well as a founding producer of Lamp Light Musical Festival and co-founder of Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. Poems have appeared in many magazines, both in the U.S. and abroad. Tomaszewski has lived in Montana, Vermont, and Ireland, though currently bed-rocked in Grand Rapids where he’s working on shoring up the publication of his first full-length, All Things Dusk.
A great big THANK YOU to Robert Fanning, John Rybicki, and Z.G. Tomaszewski for a fun and casual night of poetry reading on June 18, 2015. John brought his dog, Robert forgot to bring a poem he wanted to read (which simply means we all must go see him read again, elsewhere!), and Z.G. was our ringleader, getting the audience to join in.
We were delighted to offer our second Poetry in Conversation event, this time with Keith Taylor, Judith Alexander Brice, and Charlie Brice! This casual gathering took place on Wednesday, June 3, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. right here at Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. Thanks to donations and membership fees, this event was free!
Each poet read two or three poems at a time (back and forth) related to a series of topics such as love, death, politics, nature, animals, etc. During the course of the reading the audience experienced these different artistic perspectives on similar topics and afterwards had a chance to ask questions pertaining to the presented work. Thus, the poets were "in conversation" with each other as well as the audience about the poems and their individual visions with the hope of uncovering a little bit of their truth in the process.
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