Department of English
Jeanine Cummins, bestelling crime novelist, will be on campus Monday, February 2, 2015 for a reading and master class. .
Lake Superior State University 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!
Jeanine Cummins, Monday, February 2, 2015
Reading 7-9pm in the Crow's Nest
Master Class 2pm in the Crow's Nest
National bestselling and highly acclaimed author Jeanine Cummins will be coming to Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 2, 2015, for a master class, reading of her work, and reception. Cummins' book, A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath, published in 2004, recounts a horrific violent crime that happened to her family, which made national news. People Magazine called it “a straightforward, expertly paced narrative that reads like a novel.” Kirkus Reviews called it a “stringent commentary on our society’s fascination with killers, who in media coverage often overshadow their victims. Cummins’s memoir does a good job of retrieving the lives of Julie and Robin from that obscurity.” Her first novel, The Outside Boy, a story about the Pavee gypsies in 1959 Ireland, was an Indie Next Pick and Booklist Editor's Choice Awardwinner. Sherman Alexie called it the story of "a strange and vanishing and gorgeous way of life. It's an adventure, and yes, a eulogy, but it's also a full-throated song of praise." Her second novel, The Crooked Branch, is set both in Ireland during the potato famine and modern-day Brooklyn, and was featured on NPR's The Story. Booklist called this story of two mothers "a deeply satisfying combination of sweeping historical saga and modern family drama."
Previous Visiting Writers
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.