Anita Skeen, Director
Anita Skeen is a professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University. Anita began her teaching career at Bowling Green State University, where she received an MA in English literature in 1970 and an MFA in creative writing in 1971. She later taught in the MFA program at Wichita State University, where she received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. She joined the Michigan State University Department of English in 1990. She has been the director of the Creative Arts Program at Ghost Ranch for 32 years and director of the Fall Writing Festival for 16 years. She is the author of six volumes of poetry: Each Hand A Map (1986); Portraits (1990); Outside the Fold, Outside the Frame (1999); The Resurrection of the Animals (2002); Never the Whole Story (2011); When We Say Shelter (2007), with Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor; and The Unauthorized Audubon (2014), a collection of poems about imaginary birds accompanied by the linocuts of anthropologist/visual artist Laura B. DeLind. With Taylor, she co-edited the literary anthology Once Upon A Place: Writings from Ghost Ranch (2008). Her poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.
Favorite Poem: A Simple Poem for Virginia Woolf, Bronwen Wallace
Laurie Hollinger, Assistant Director
Laurie holds a B.A. in Arts and Humanities with a minor in Creative Writing from Michigan State University. A long-time Lansing area resident and former journalist, she enjoys performing poetry (both her own and that by published poets), crafting both nonfiction and poetry, and reading.
Favorite Poem: One Art, Elizabeth Bishop
Grace Carras, Intern
Grace has been an enthusiastic writer for as long as she can remember. At 14 years old, she developed an interest in spoken word poetry, and it remains her one true love to this day. She is a self-proclaimed video game enthusiast, as well as a guitar player. Grace is a senior double majoring in RCAH and English with a creative writing concentration.
Alexis Stark, Intern
Alexis is a story teller and a social activist. Currently, she is in her third year majoring in RCAH and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She has developed a strong passion for RCAH and works as a technician in the RCAH Theatre, when she is not in the Poetry Center or class or serving her fraternity Phi Sigma Pi. Outside of school, she enjoys writing and editing essays and poetry, watching movies, playing the viola and enjoying all the opportunities the university has to offer.
Arzelia Williams, Intern
Arzelia is a Detroit native who found poetry at three years old. When asked what first drew her to poetry, she credits her great-grandmother, who read poems to her, as a major influence. She is a junior double majoring in Social Relations and Policy and Arts and Humanities. She enjoys writing and performing poetry, reading nonfiction, and traveling. This is Arzelia’s second year with the Center for Poetry.
Allison Costello, Intern
Allison has wanted to write for a living since the third grade, and is working to turn her dreams into reality by majoring in Professional Writing with a minor in Digital Humanities. As a young woman from Traverse City with a particular affinity for the environment, she also works as an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Community Sustainability. She loves learning new styles of poetry, producing audio and visual content, gaming, camping, and pine trees.
S.F. McGlone, Intern
Currently a sophomore at Michigan State University, S.F. is studying intensively to earn a degree in journalism and in the arts humanities, with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing and is working toward that goal by interning at the RCAH Center for Poetry. S.F. is also working as a student intern at WKAR, MSU's NPR affiliate. At the close of this academic year, she will have completed advanced courses in media production and design, news design, journalistic writing, and history. She is a member of the Society of News Design, ROIAL Players theater troupe, as well as a design and audio production consultant in RCAH's Language and Media Center. This summer she will be working at WDET in Detroit. She is a published journalist, poet, essayist, musician, and contributing playwright.