2015-2016 Reading Series

Creative Nonfiction Reading:Angela Pelster

Angela Pelster

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Angela Pelster is the author of Limber (Sarabande), which won the GLCA New Writers Award for creative nonfiction. The Seattle Times describes Limber as "one of the quirkiest and most original books about the natural world… Filled with precise, poetical and sparse language, the essays reveal not just the life of trees but how they connect us to the greater world around us." Pelster's essays have appeared in Granta, The Gettysburg Review, Seneca Review, Fourth Genre, and others. Her children's novel, The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (River Books), won the Golden Eagle Children's Choice award in 2006. She earned an MFA from the University of Iowa. She currently lives with her family in Baltimore and teaches at Towson University.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517-629-0232.


Poetry Reading:Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press), which won the GLCA New Writers Award for poetry. Faizullah's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Ploughshares, Jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She has received various awards, including the 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry, a 2015 Pushcart Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, an Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. A native of Midland, Texas, she earned an MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, Faizullah lives in Detroit, and is an editor for the Asian American Literary Review and the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. Visit her online at: www.tfaizullah.com.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517-629-0232.


Fiction Reading: David James Poissant

David James Poissant

Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Wendell Will Room

David James Poissant is the winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for fiction for his collection of short stories, The Heaven of Animals (Simon & Schuster), which was a finalist for the 2014 LA Times Book Prize and was nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, One Story, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review, and his stories have been anthologized in New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices. He has received various awards, including the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters. Currently at work on a novel, Poissant teaches at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando. Visit him online at: www.davidjamespoissant.com.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517-629-0232.