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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English

Lake Superior State University Visiting Writer Series

Alison DeCamp, Michigan Notable Book Award-Winning Author, will visit campus on November 17.

The Department of English at Lake Superior State University created the new Visiting Writer Series to bring highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU’s expanding Creative Writing Program and bring together the community and college in a shared literary experience.  Attendees have the opportunity to hear writers read their work, answer questions about their writing process, and sign books. Check back soon for more information about future visiting writers, as we plan and schedule their visits for this and future semesters. These programs are free to students of all majors, as well as community members, and everyone is invited to attend!

Alison DeCamp, Thursday, November 17, 2016

3pm: Master Class: Writing the Middle Grade Novel--Big Questions for Young Audiences (LSSU Cisler Center)

7pm: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception (LSSU Cisler Center)

Alison DeCamp grew up right here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Unlike Stan, the historical hero in her Michigan Notable Book Award-Winning novel, My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) (Crown, 2015), DeCamp was raised with indoor plumbing and more than two pairs of pants. She taught middle and high school English for eight years before she wrote her award-winning novel series. Kirkus Reviews called her first novel a "knee-slapper of a debut." Publishers Weekly praised its "layer[s] of comedy" and "freewheeling narration." Before the reading, book-signing, and reception on Thursday night, DeCamp will give a master class on the subject of writing middle grade novels for children. Everyone is invited to attend.

All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served at reception

Previous Visiting Writers

Jessica Care Moore, Monday-Tuesday, April 4-5, 2016

Jessica Care Moore, an internationally renowned poet and spoken-word performance artist, from Detroit, Michigan, visited Lake State on Monday-Tuesday April 4-5 to give a free master class and reading.

Julianna Baggott, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Internationally best-selling novelist and poet, Julianna Baggott, the author of more than twenty books, visited Lake State on Thursday, October 1 to give a free lecture on efficient creativity, master class, and reading.

Jeanine Cummins, Monday, February 2, 2015

National bestselling and highly acclaimed author Jeanine Cummins visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 2, 2015, for a master class, reading of her work, and reception. Read more about Jeanine Cummins and her novels and memoir here.

Kim Addonizio, Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kim Addonizio, "one of our nation's most provocative and edgy poets," who is also a novelist, blues harmonica player, and Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, visited LSSU on Thursday, October 2 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Addonizio and her work here.

Jim Northrup, Monday, February 3, 2014

Jim Northrup, the award-winning Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist, and novelist from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota, visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 3, 2014 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Northrup and his work here.

Neil O’Boyle Connelly, October 4th, 2013

Neil O'Boyle Connelly, the author of two highly-acclaimed young adult novels and two literary novels, whose work Entertainment Weekly has called "both comic and chilling," visited Lake Superior State University on Friday, October 4, 2013, to present a fiction reading and master class.

Helen Frost, February 11, 2013

Helen Frost, the award-winning author of seven novels-in-poems, whose writing has been said to “feel like wisps of thought rising, drifting, and weaving a dance,” visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 11, 2013 to present a poetry reading and master class. 

Nikki Finney, October 4, 2012

Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry for Head Off & Split, and known as one of the most eloquent, fearless and necessary poets in America, visited Lake Superior State University on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, to present a reading and master class. Read more here.

Jaimy Gordon, February 20, 2012

Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award, discussed her novel Lord of Misrule at LSSU on Feb 20, 2012. Gordon was inaugural speaker for our new Visiting Writer Series, which brings highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU's expanding creative writing program and to serve as an outreach for the community.


Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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