People

Anita Skeen, Director

Anita Skeen is a professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University, where she is the arts coordinator and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry. 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 dedicates much of her success to the teachers who encouraged her to experiment with different artistic mediums and perspectives while she grew as a writer and individual. She's a sophomore in RCAH from Traverse City, MI and is earning degrees in Professional Writing, Arts & Humanities, and two minors in French and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. She loves learning new styles of poetry, keeping journals, composing and performing her own music, gaming, camping, horror movies, night walks, and pine trees.

 

 

 

 

S.F. McGlone, Intern

S.F. McGlone is a published poet, playwright, and designer with aspirations of joining the publishing industry. She is a current sophomore majoring in the Arts and Humanities as well as Journalism. S.F.'s family includes a legacy of writers, of which she is quite proud to be a part. Her hobbies include guitar and cooking.

 

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