Author: Jason Gillikin

Nov. 8 Poetry Roundtable – Registration Closed!

If you were planning to attend the Nov. 8 poetry roundtable but hadn’t yet registered — oh, no! We’ve closed registration for the event. If you hadn’t previously communicated with Kathi, please do not plan to drop-in on this month’s activity.

A full calendar of events for 2018 is forthcoming, so look for the next series to be released shortly.

RESCHEDULED: October Poetry Roundtable

The Poetry Roundtable scheduled for Oct. 12 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 17. The event will still begin at 6:30, still be facilitated by Dierdre Fagan and still be conducted at the Kalamazoo Avenue office.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at Writers Squared. If you’d like to attend the Poetry Roundtable, please register—it’s a free activity.

Writers Squared—Awards::Rewards (Oct. 12, 6:30p)

Join us for the October installment of the Writers Squared series, titled Awards::Rewards, Three Michigan Poets Read New Work (from Small, Independent Publishers). The event—which is free and open to the public, no RSVP required—will take place on Thursday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Koning Micro-Cinema at Wealthy Theatre.

Marc J. Sheehan is the author of Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper Midwestern Melancholy, winner of the Split Rock Review Chapbook contest, and two full-length poetry collections, Greatest Hits (New Issues Press) and Vengeful Hymns (Ashland Poetry Press). A prose writer and essayist as well as a poet, his fiction has been featured on National Public Radio’s Three-Minute Fiction series as well as on the program Selected Shorts. Formerly the coordinator of writers workshops and readings through the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, he currently resides in Grand Haven.

Elizabeth Kerlikowske is the author of eight books/chapbooks, including Dominant Hand (Mayapple Press), Before the Rain (March Street Press), and the forthcoming Last Hula (Standing Rock). She is the president of Friends of Poetry in Kalamazoo (purveyor of Celery City Publications), and was awarded the Community Medal for the Arts in 2017. Her next book, Art Talks Back, is an ekphrastic project with artist Mary Hatch, due out from Caffeinated Press this fall.

Eric Torgersen is the author of, most recently, In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals (Mayapple Press, 2017) and seven other poetry collections, notably Good True Stories (Lynx House) and Heart. Wood. (Word Press), as well as two books of fiction—all from small presses. He has a BA in German Literature from Cornell and an MFA in poetry from Iowa. Professor Emeritus at Central Michigan University, where he taught for 38 years, he continues to serve the literary community of  Mt. Pleasant, where he lives with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski.


This event is free and open to the public. Writers Squared is a reading/discussion series presented by Great Lake Commonwealth of Letters, a literary non-profit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Writers Squared 2017 is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Author vs. Editor: Forging the Literary Life in Michigan

Join us for the September installment of the Writers Squared series, titled Author vs. Editor: Forging the Literary Life in Michigan. The event—which is free and open to the public, no RSVP required—will take place on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 122 of the Applied Technology Center (Bostwick) at Grand Rapids Community College.

Brandon James Anderson is a co-founder and senior editor at The Fly Came Near It and serves as editor of Old Northwest Review. He holds an MFA from San Diego State University and has had previous work appear in Fiction International and Web Del Sol Review of Books. A native of Flint, Michigan, he currently resides with his wife in the town of Fenton.

K.M. Zahrt is the author of two novels, The Nature of Plots and Odd Man Outlaw, and the short-story collection Thanksgiving with Pop-Pop. He is also an editor at Old Northwest Review where he has contributed interviews with Emmy Award-winning actor Jeff Daniels, Michigan Radio’s senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry, and New York Times bestselling author Thomas C. Foster. He lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan.


This event is free and open to the public. Writers Squared is a reading/discussion series presented by Great Lake Commonwealth of Letters, a literary non-profit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Writers Squared 2017 is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Jot Writers’ Conference

The fall Jot Writers’ Conference will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 15, at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids. Attendance is free and no RSVP is required.

This event features author and illustrator Laurie Keller, author and editor Paul Kent Muckley, and poet Emily Van Houten. The event will also see the release of Jot That Down: Encouraging Essays for New Writers, edited by A.L. Rogers and published by Caffeinated Press.

This conference celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing several TED-style talks from writers, editors, poets and illustrators — then opens the door to individual writing time to put the speakers’ advice into immediate practice.

A Fresh Coat of Paint!

Thanks for your patience over the last few days as we’ve tweaked our website to meet GLCL’s needs for many years into the future. As we continue to evolve in this fifth year of our existence, we’re focusing on improvements that will help you — the members of our local literary community — to grow as literary citizens.

Want to stay engaged?

  • Donate to the GLCL. Every contribution helps us to advance our shared mission.
  • Visit the Water Cooler, our online community discussion forum. (Of course, if you’re a GLCL member, you’ll have access to members-only forums and related content.)
  • Check out the Events calendar.
  • Sign up for one of our newsletters (see the “Hot Off the Press!” widget to your right).
  • Add our blog’s feed to your favorite newsreader.
  • Reach out to us through our new Contact Us form.

We’re still migrating our current memberships into this new platform; stay tuned for instructions. Our new membership-management capability will streamline the ordering and renewal process, as well as provide you with more options for supporting GLCL’s mission.

We are still fine-tuning some parts of this new website, so we welcome your help in finding and squashing occasional bugs. Use the Contact Us form to leave your feedback.

On this first day of spring, with bright sun and warm(ish) air, it just feels like all things are new again. We hope you’ll “spring” into this new website, knowing it’s just the first of several steps your new board of directors is taking to advance the GCLC’s mission of encouraging, promoting and celebrating the literary endeavors of writers in the Great Lakes region.

Thanks for your support!