Category: Events & Opportunities

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.

“I, Too, Am Michigan” Voices of the Immigrant Experience

Join us on Friday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Koning Micro-Cinema at Wealthy Theater (1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids) for the next installment of the Writers Squared series: “I, Too, Am Michigan: Voices of the Immigrant Experience.”

Speakers include:

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq and came to the United States in 1996. Recipent of a Kresge Fellowship, the Arab American Book Award, and the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, Mikhail is the co-founder of Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture in Michigan. She currently works as an Arabic special lecturer at Oakland University. Her books include The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard.

Jennifer Clark is co-editor of Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books), an anthology of multicultural writing published in collaboration with Justice For Our Neighbors-Kalamazoo, and the author of Necessary Clearings (Shabda Press). Her second poetry collection, Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman, is forthcoming from Shabda Press.

Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She is the author of two poetry collections, Under Brushstrokes and Tea in Heliopolis (winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award) and a collection of short fiction, Flying Carpets (finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award). A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Awards, she has a passion for painting and teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University.


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.