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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

Jessica Care Moore, the internationally renowned poet and spoken-word performance artist, will visit campus on April 4.

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!

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

Reading and Reception, Monday, April 4, 7-9 pm Walker Cisler Center, Crow's Nest

Informal Class on Process, Tuesday, April 5, 11 am, Walker Cisler Center, Crow's Nest

Jessica Care Moore, an internationally renowned poet and spoken-word performance artist, from Detroit, Michigan, has been called “totally kinetic and disarmingly wise.” She is the author of numerous poetry collections including: The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth,The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, and Sunlight Through Bullet Holes, and her poetry has been published in many literary collections. She is the youngest poet published in the Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women’s Literature. Having “no problem getting loud to make her point,” she has performed her poetry at some of the most famous venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. Moore is also a publisher, activist, rock star, playwright, and actor. She is a five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner; was featured on hip-hop mega-star, Nas' "Nastradamus" album, and was a returning star of the HBO Series, Def Poetry Jam. She is one of the stars of the documentary, Slamnation! and one of the featured artists in the PBS special I'll Make Me a World. Moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black Women Rock! and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation. She has participated in the Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, and The Langston Hughes National Poetry Circle Project. Moore is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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

Previous Visiting Writers

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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