2018 Fall Writing Series

All events free and open to the public





Russell Brakefield is the author of Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press, 2018). His writing has appeared in the Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He has received fellowships from the University of Michigan Musical Society, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Parks Department. He teaches writing at the University Writing Program at the University of Denver.


Poetry from the Archives, 3 p.m., LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

An Evening with Russell Brakefield, 7 p.m., RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall

                              Reception/book signing to follow in the LookOut! Gallery





October 24

Russell Brakefield


November 7

Karin Gottshall

Karin Gottshall is the author of The River Won't Hold You (2014), winner of the Ohio State University Press Wheeler/The Journal Prize, and Crocus (2007), winner of the Fordham University Press Poets Out Loud Prize. She has also written three chapbook collections that were published by independent small presses. Gottshall's poems have appeared in national journals such as Crazyhorse, FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, The Colorado Review, and The Kenyon Review. Having grown up in East Lansing, Michigan, Gottshall now resides in Middlebury, Vermont. She teaches poetry writing at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf.


On Ballads, 3 p.m., LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

An Evening with Karin Gottshall, 7 p.m., RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall

                              Reception/book signing to follow in the LookOut! Gallery





November 14

Sam Gleaves

Generously co-sponsored by RCAH Wednesday Night Live


Sam Gleaves is a singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Wytheville, Virginia who now makes his home in Hindman, Kentucky. Sam began playing Appalachian music as a teenager with the help of mentors Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and local barber, and nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams. Rooted in Appalachian traditions, Sam’s songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues. During his time as a Berea College student, Sam performed with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble directed by Al White. In 2015, Sam collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Cathy Fink and released a debut record of original songs, titled Ain’t We Brothers, which has been featured by The Guardian, National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. Appalachian novelist Lee Smith has heralded Sam as “the best young songwriter around.” Sam tours extensively in the U.S. and he has performed in Ireland, England, Canada, Japan and Italy. In 2017, Sam released a record with his singing partner Tyler Hughes, a fellow southwest Virginian steeped in the region’s musical traditions. This record, titled Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, has received glowing reviews from Fatea, Rock n Reel, fROOTS, and others. In 2018, Sam collaborated with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer on a trio recording, “Shout & Shine,” which Justin Hiltner of the Bluegrass Situation called, “viscerally powerful . . . a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds and musical melds.”  Sam currently serves as the Traditional Arts Director at the Hindman Settlement School.


Gems & Settings: Repurposing Traditional Songs, 3 p.m., LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall

Wednesday Night Live with Sam Gleaves, 7 p.m., RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall



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