Redefining the Classroom

New Visiting Writer Series starts with National Book Award recipient Jaimy Gordon

Posted: February 17th, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for her novel Lord of Misrule, will be the inaugural speaker at Lake Superior State University's new Visiting Writer Series from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Walker Cisler Center Crow's Nest on campus.

Her reading and reception are free and open to the public.

In addition to her National Book Award, Gordon received an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her novel, Bogeywoman, made the Los Angeles Times list of the Best Fiction of 2000, and a third novel, She Drove Without Stopping, was an American Library Association Notable Book.

Gordon was named a fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She has a doctor of arts degree in creative writing from Brown University, and is a professor at Western Michigan University.

Jaimy Gordon

"The LSSU Department of English has created the new Visiting Writer Series to bring highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of our expanding creative writing program and to serve as an outreach for the community," said Prof. Janice Repka, LSSU English professor and a novelist herself. "Attendees will have the opportunity to hear writers read their work, answer questions about their writing process, and sign books."

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served at Gordon's presentation. Her book, Lord of Misrule, is available at Barnes and Noble at LSSU and will also be available for purchase at the reading on Feb. 20.

LSSU offers both an undergraduate major and a minor in creative writing. A close-knit program with enthusiastic faculty, creative writing at LSSU encourages innovation and experimentation as students develop their voices. Students complete coursework in prose, poetry, and performance writing, and are given opportunities to get publishing experience before graduation.

Learn more about creative writing at LSSU here. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Janice Repka, 635-2448,