Redefining the Classroom

Award-winning author/poet Helen Frost to appear at LSSU and Bayliss Library

Posted: February 4th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Helen Frost, an award-winning author of seven novels-in-poems, whose writing has been said to be “like wisps of thought rising, drifting, and weaving a dance,” will be visiting Lake Superior State University on Monday, Feb. 11, to present a reading and master class.

The public is welcome at Frost’s poetry reading and reception, which will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Crow’s Nest in the Walker Cisler Center. The special master class with Frost will be held from 2-2:50 p.m., in Crawford Hall, room 304. The class is free and open to all aspiring poets, novelists, and playwrights. Registration is recommended by writing Prof. Janice Repka at

Helen Frost

Frost is the author of numerous novels for children and young adults, including: Keesha's House, which earned a Michael L. Printz Honor; Diamond Willow, which won the 2009 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the 2008 Michigan Library Association Mitten Award, and The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry; and Hidden, a 2012 ALA Notable Book. She is also a playwright, author of a book on creative writing, When I Whisper, Nobody Listens: Helping Young People Write About Difficult Issues, and editor of two anthologies. Her nonfiction includes dozens of titles for early readers.

The author will also give two presentations at the Bayliss Library on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the day after her LSSU appearance. At Bayliss, she’ll be hosting an older teen and adult workshop on Writing About Sensitive Issues, from 2-3:30 p.m., and a presentation on Writing for Young Adults at 7 p.m.

Frost has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in English from Indiana University. She is the recipient of a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Her first collection of adult poetry, Skin of a Fish, Bones of a Bird, won the 1993 Women Poets Series Competition and poems in that collection were also awarded the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award by the Poetry Society of America.

Frost’s poetry reading and master class at LSSU are part of a literary initiative called “Opening a Literary Dialogue in the Easter Upper Peninsula,” which has been made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a grant from the LSSU Cultural Affairs Committee Fund. These events are organized and sponsored by the LSSU Visiting Writer Series.

LSSU’s English Dept. recently created the 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 university in a shared literary experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear writers read their work, answer questions about their writing process, and sign books.

LSSU offers both an undergraduate major and minor concentration in creative writing. An intimate program with enthusiastic faculty, the creative writing program 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 the program by running a search for “creative writing” at -LSSU-

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