Visiting Writer Series
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!
Past Visiting Writers
Carolyn Turgeon visited campus on April 1-2, 2019 and gave a Fairy Tale Lecture and Q&A, a Master Class on Fiction with the topic “Writing a Vivid World,” and a Reading and Q&A.
Poet Lynn Domina visited campus on November 24, 2017 to give a master class on “The Use and Abuse of the Line in Free Verse Poetry” and a reading, book signing, and reception.
Mardi Jo Link
Michigan Notable Book author Mardi Jo Link visited campus on April 13, 2017 to give a master class on “The Power of Voice in Memoir: More Like Yourself with Every Page” and a reading, book signing, and reception.
Alison DeCamp, the Michigan Notable Book Award-Winning author, visited Lake State on November 17, 2016 to give a reading and master class on the subject of writing middle grade novels for children.
Jessica Care Moore
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.
Internationally best-selling novelist and poet, Julianna Baggott, the author of more than twenty books, visited Lake State on Thursday, October 1, 2015 to give a free lecture on efficient creativity, master class, and reading.
Neil O’Boyle Connelly
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, 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.
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.