Fall Writing Series

2019 Fall Writing Series
All events in Snyder Hall, 362 Bogue St., East Lansing



October 16

gallagherTess Gallagher and Alice Derry

3 p.m.     Craft talk  Event Details

7 p.m.     An Evening with Tess Gallagher and Alice Derry

               Event Details

Reception and book signing immediately following in the LookOut Gallery.

Made possible in part by a Michigan Humanities Council grant Bringing the Past Home awarded to the Theodore Roethke House, Saginaw, Michigan 

Tess Gallagher is a poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright. She received a BA and MA from the University of Washington, where she studied with Theodore Roethke, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her new book, Is, Is Not, was released by Graywolf Press in May of 2019. Her other collections of poetry include: Instructions to the Double (1976), Willingly (1984), Moon Crossing Bridge (1992), Owl-Spirit Dwelling (1994), My Black Horse: New and Selected Poems (1995), and Dear Ghosts (2006). She has received two National Endowment of the Arts Awards, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation Award. She spends her time in county Sligo, Ireland, and her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.

Alice Derry was born in Oregon, and raised in Washington and Montana. She received an MA in English from The American University in Washington D.C., and an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. Derry's newest book, Hunger, was released by MoonPath Press in 2017. Her other collections of poetry include: Stages of Twilight (1986), Clearwater (1997), Strangers to Their Courage (2001), and Tremolo (2011). Before retiring from teaching in 2009, Derry taught English and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington.


October 30

cover   R E S P E C T: The Poetry of Detroit Music

A celebration of the new poetry anthology from MSU Press, edited by Jim Daniels and M.L. Liebler


3 p.m.     M.L. Liebler in Conversation    Event Details

7:30 p.m.     Contributor Reading   Event Details

Co-editor M.L. Liebler is joined by contributors Robert Fanning, Brian Gilmore, Dennis Hinrichsen, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Zilka Joseph, Keith Taylor, Russell Thorburn for a group reading.

Reception and book signing immediately following in the LookOut Gallery.


November 6

fledabrown   Fleda Brown


    3 p.m.     Craft Talk    Event Details

    7 p.m.     An Evening with Fleda Brown   Event Details

Reception and book signing immediately following in the LookOut Gallery.


Fleda Brown is professor emerita at the University of Delaware where she taught for 27 years and directed the Poets in the Schools program, and is a faculty member of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She served as Delaware’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2007 and is the author of ten books of poetry and two memoirs. Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize and the Felix Pollak Prize. Her poems have been used as texts for several prizewinning musical compositions performed at Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. She now lives with her husband, Jerry Beasley, in Traverse City, where she writes a monthly column on poetry for the Record-Eagle newspaper and has a monthly commentary on poetry on Interlochen Public Radio.