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!

Lynn Domina, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

3:00 pm Master Class: “The Use and Abuse of the Line in Free Verse Poetry,” ART 217

7:00 pm Reading & Reception:  “From Lake Superior to the East China Sea and Back,” Kenneth J. Shouldice Library

Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

Poet Lynn DominaLynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works, which won the Intro Series Prize from Four Way Books and Framed in Silence, published as part of the Editor’s Select Poetry Series from Main Street Rag.  She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her poetry appears in many periodicals, including The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Christianity & Literature, The Louisville Review, New Letters, and others. She has published creative nonfiction in the St. Katherine’s Review. Her scholarly work includes three reference books, Understanding A Raisin in the Sun, Understanding Ceremony, and the recently published The Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Exploration of Literature. She is currently working on an annotated edition of Nella Larsen’s novel, Passing. Her articles have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and other academic journals and edited collections.

Lynn Domina grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. She earned a B.A. in English from Michigan State University, an M.F.A. in creative writing / poetry from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University. She recently finished an M.Div. at the Earlham School of Religion, where she took courses in the Ministry of Writing.  After many years living in the western Catskill mountains, Lynn has returned to Michigan. She lives with her family in Marquette, on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior.

Past Visiting Writers

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

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.

Julianna Baggott

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.

Jeanine Cummins

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

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, 2014 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Addonizio and her work here.

Jim Northrup

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

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

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

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

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.