2014-15 Albion College Reading Series Opens With a Creative Nonfiction Reading by Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir The Mountain and the Fathers (2012), a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor book and winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers award. He is also the author of two poetry collections, Killing the Murnion Dogs (2011) and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern ReviewThe Missouri Review, and Slate, and has also been anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing, Writing Today, New Poets of the American West, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Best New Poets 2006. The recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center and the winner of the Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency from PEN Northwest, Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and he currently teaches at Linfield College.

The reading takes place on Monday, October 20, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in Bobbitt Auditorium. Albion College Reading Series events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Albion College Reading Series by visiting the Albion College Reading Series page.

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Dan Albergotti’s Poems by Jess Roberts

One of the best decisions I made last fall was to go to the Albion College Student Farm to make candles. Why? It’s not because I stood with my love next to a hot fire under a cold sky or because I watched my kiddo watch hot wax harden and thicken and take on its candle shape, though I am glad both those things happened. It’s because of a question Jake and Angie DeCola asked me.

Here’s the question: have you read Dan Albergotti’s poems?

I hadn’t, but soon I would.

Their question sent me in search of Dan’s poems, poems he will read aloud tomorrow night in the Wendell Will Room.

By the time I got his book in the mail, I knew a bit about what to expect. Jake and Angie had told me that he (Dan) loved poet Jack Gilbert, a love I (and many others) share. I had also poked around on fishhouse.org, a website that showcases new poets, and found some of his words, all of them quite lovely.

Even still I was unprepared for some of the poems that make up the pages of his beautiful book The Boatloads. He does in his poems something that I love: he goes inside the minds and selves of literary characters and bids them to speak, to speak again.

In one of my favorites, Dan gives voice to Cain whose brother Abel lies dead at his hands. In Dan’s lines, the Biblical character whose inner life is not subject to much description in the Book of Genesis finds harrowing expression:

When I lifted that sheep’s skull to the sky
and brought it down on my brother’s head,
I was just being the rough beast that the Lord had made me.
My God, my god—He sowed deep that hard seed
of death. I merely reaped its dark read fruit.

The cry “My God, my God” seems both a plea and an accusation, a cry of longing and of anger. In that cry, I feel as though I hear a deep voice—Cain’s voice, yes, but also a voice that lives somewhere inside me, maybe inside all of us.

I am not sure why I love so much poems that give voice to characters whom others have created: I think it has something to do with my own enduring belief that literary characters are real. Their being the product of imagination does not lessen their reality for me, and when poets like Dan or Jack Gilbert or Wallace Stevens, whose poems Dan has clearly read and loves, take up those characters, I feel as though I am given greater access to their fullness and so to my own and to those around me.

I hope you will join us at Dan’s reading tomorrow at 5pm in the Wendell Will Room. There you may hear a humor and lightness that do not characterize “Testimony” but do characterize so many of his poems. There you may hear the many characters of our literary past speak in voices that are, thanks to him, so present. It promises to be a lovely night.

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2013-14 Albion College Reading Series Concludes with a Poetry Reading by Dan Albergotti

Dan Albergotti

Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA, 2008), which poet Edward Hirsch selected for the Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and the forthcoming Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), which poet Rodney Jones selected for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.  He is also the author of The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013), a limited-edition chapbook, and Charon’s Manifest, which won the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Competition (2005).  His poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Blackbird, Five Points, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review,  and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conference, a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Pushcart Prize recipient, Dan Albergotti holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Currently, he edits the online journal Waccamaw and teaches creative writing and literature at Coastal Carolina University.

The reading takes place on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room. Albion College Reading Series events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Albion College Reading Series by visiting the Albion College Reading Series page.

 

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2013-14 Albion College Reading Series features Poetry Reading By Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), which won the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry (2013), the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry (2013), and was a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry (2012) and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. Phillips is also the author of a collection of essays, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010), and a translation of Salvador Espriu’s short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Dalkey Archive Press, 2012). His poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Callaloo, Granta, The Iowa Review, jubilat, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University. He is currently an associate professor of English and the director of the Poetry Center at Stony Brook University.  He lives in New York and Barcelona.

The reading takes place on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room. Albion College Reading Series events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Albion College Reading Series by visiting the Albion College Reading Series page.

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ROBERT H. GILDART WRITING PRIZES FOR CREATIVE WRITING

Who: All Albion College students who entered as first-year students in 2012 and transfer students with sophomore standing. What: A gift to the English department made possible the creation of the Robert H. Gildart Writing Prizes. These are cash prizes designed to honor the career of Bob Gildart, who taught at Albion College for 25 years and cared deeply about the quality of student writing. The prizes will be awarded each year to sophomores at Albion College. Up to three awards in each category will be made this year, and this notice is an invitation to all sophomores to submit their work for consideration. How: You may submit original works in one or more of the following categories: poetry, fiction, drama. Submissions for each category may contain more than one work but should not exceed 15 pages in total length (25 pages for drama). Entries that contain more than one work in a category will be judged as a whole.

Important Information: To be considered for a Gildart Prize, bring your entry to the English Office (406 Vulgamore Hall) by 12:00 PM (noon) on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Each entry should have a title-page that includes the following: (1.) The Gildart Prize Contest of 2014, (2.) your name, (3.) your student number, and (4.) the first line of the entry. Note: Your name should not appear within the poetry, fiction or drama work you are submitting. Please paper clip your title-page/s to each of your poetry, fiction or drama work/s.

Good Luck! We look forward to reviewing–and rewarding– some excellent student writing.

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2013-2014 Albion College Reading Series Continues – Fiction Reading: Ismet Prcic

Ismet Prcic

Ismet Prcic is the author of Shards (Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic), a novel that won the GLCA New Writers Award for fiction (2013), and was shortlisted for the Center of Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan award (2011). He is a recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction and was a 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellow.  Born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Prcic immigrated to America in 1996. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife.  Visit him online at: http://www.ismetprcic.com/index.html.

The reading takes place on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room. Albion College Reading Series events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Albion College Reading Series by visiting the Albion College Reading Series page.

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2013-14 Albion College Reading Series Opens with a Creative Nonfiction Reading by Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch

Writer, actor, photographer, and former United States Marine Corps infantry officer, Benjamin Busch is the author of the memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco/HarperCollins), which won the 2013 GLCA New Writers Award for creative nonfiction (2013), and was a finalist for both the Michigan Notable Book Award and the Society of Midland Authors Literary Award.  His poetry and essays have appeared in literary journals such as Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, North American Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and his essay “Growth Rings” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a contributing writer to NPR’s All Things Considered.  His photographs have appeared in print journals such as Prairie Schooner, Five Points, The Connecticut River Review, Epiphany, and War, Literature, & the Arts.  As an actor, Benjamin Busch is best known for his role as Anthony Colicchio on HBO’s The Wire, as well as his appearances on The Beast and Generation Kill.  He is also the writer/director of the award-winning films BRIGHT and Sympathetic. Benjamin Busch lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

The reading takes place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in Bobbitt Auditorium. Albion College Reading Series events are free and open to the public. Learn more about the Albion College Reading Series by visiting the Albion College Reading Series page.

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POETRY MATTERS. CHARLES CRUPI MATTERS.

Please join the English Department in celebrating the joy of poetry and the memory of Charles Crupi, one of Albion’s finest teachers and colleagues.

On April 19, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, we will be hosting a celebration of the second annual Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest.

The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a brief welcome and refreshments.  At 4:45 p.m., the celebration continues with a poetry reading by Stevie (Stephanie) Edwards, 2009 Albion College graduate, and recipient of a 2013 Young Alumni Award.  Announcement of the awards for the 2013 Crupi Memorial Poetry Competition follows at 5:25 p.m., and the event concludes with another poetry reading by Cindy Hunter Morgan, ’74.

Stevie Edwards

Stevie Edwards currently resides in Ithaca, NY, where she is working toward completing an MFA in creative writing at Cornell University.  She is the author of Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012) and chapbook Pain Needs to Remember (tiny house, 2011).  She is the editor-in-chief of MUZZLE Magazine, editor of 4th & Verse Books, assistant editor of EPOCH Magazine, and a proud alumna of Chicago’s Real Talk Avenue.  Her work has appeared in several literary magazines, including Rattle, Thieves Jargon, Union Station, Night Train, PANK, and decomP.  She can be found online at: www.stevietheclumsy.com.

Cindy Hunter Morgan

Cindy Hunter Morgan’s work has appeared in West Branch, Bateau, Sugar House Review, Weave, A cappella Zoo, The Christian Science Monitor, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere.  For ten years, she worked in the orchestra field, directing publicity for the Grand Rapids Symphony and, later, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.  A graduate of Albion College, she also studied at the University of Stirling in Scotland.  She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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2012-13 Albion College Reading Series Continues with Poetry Reading by Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall is the author of two poetry collections, Our Lady of the Ruins (Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award.  In March of 2013, Diode Editions will release her chapbook of collaborative poems, Bright Power, Dark Peace, written with the poet Brynn Saito.  Her poems have appeared in various literary journals such as New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, FIELD, and Southern Review;  and her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, PBS Newshour, and Best American Poetry 2013.  Lastly, Brimhall’s poetry comic collaborations with Eryn Cruft can be found in Guernica, Ninth Letter, The The Poetry Comics, and Nashville Review.

The reading takes place on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room (located inside the Stockwell-Mudd Library). Albion College Reading Series events are free and open to the public. Learn more about Traci Brimhall and the Albion College Reading Series by visiting the Albion College Reading Series page.

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