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!
Mardi Jo Link, Thursday, April 13, 2017
Mardi Jo Link is the author of two memoirs, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm (2014) and The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (2015), as well as the true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart (2008), Isadore’s Secret (2009), and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand (2014), which were each Heartland bestsellers. Her memoir, Bootstrapper, was an Indie Next pick, 2013 Booksellers Choice Award winner from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, an Elle magazine’s Reader’s Prizewinner, the Housatonic Book Award for Nonfiction, and a Michigan Notable Book. Her essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Bear River Review, Creative Nonfiction, Detroit Free Press, Publishers Weekly, Terrain, and Traverse Magazine. She studied agriculture and journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She is a columnist for Traverse City Record-Eagle and lives in Traverse City, Michigan, on The Big Valley, the small farm featured in her award-winning memoir.
3pm: Master Class: More Like Yourself With Every Page: The Power of Voice in Memoir (CASET 212
7pm: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception (Kenneth Shouldice Library)
Events are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at reception
Past Visiting Writers
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.