Gwen Frostic Reading Series

The Gwen Frostic Reading Series sponsored by the Department of English at Western Michigan University offers the following schedule:

Fall 2017

William Olsen

Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m., 2452 Knauss Hall

William Olsen has published six collections of poetry, most recently TechnoRage. His work has received the Norma Farber Award, the Poetry Northwest Theodore Roethke Prize, the Crazyhorse Prize; and has garnered fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Breadloaf. Olsen teaches at Western Michigan University and edits New Issues Poetry and Prose.

Danielle Evans

Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Hurston-Wright Award, the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Paris Review, a Public Space, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, New Stories From the South, and The Best American Short Stories. Danielle teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reginald Edmund

Thursday, November 2,  7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Reginald Edmund is the Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project and is a resident playwright of Chicago Dramatists. He received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University, and his MFA in playwriting at Ohio University. His plays, Southbridge, Juneteenth Street, Daughters of the Moon, and The Redemption of Allah Black, are all part of his series "The City of the Bayou Collection," were developed at esteemed theaters including the Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Silver House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, the Playwright's Theatre, Moving Arts, and Karamu House, among others.

Gail Wronsky & Chuck Rosenthal

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Gail Wronsky is the author, co-author, or translator of twelve books of poetry and prose, including Dying for Beauty, Poems for Infidels, and Imperfect Pastorals. Her translation of Alicia Partnoy's book Fuegos Florales, (Flowering Fires) recently won the American Book Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Volt and other journals. She has an MFA from the University of Virginia, a PhD from the University of Utah, and teaches creative writing at Loyola Marymount University.

Chuck Rosenthal is the author of twelve novels including the forthcoming You Can Fly: A Sequel to the Peter Pan Tales (Sept. 2017). As well, he has published a memoir, two books of narrative essays, and co-authored two books of poems with Gail Wronsky. His Creative Writing MA is from UC-Davis, and his PhD from the University of Utah.

WMU Alumni Reading: Featuring Ephraim Scott Sommers, & Dan Mancilla

Tuesday, December 12, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Dan Mancilla is the author of the short story collection, All the Proud Fathers and the novella, The Deathmask of El Gaucho. He has a PhD from Western Michigan University and is an Adjunct Professor of General Education at Aquinas College. His work has appeared in Barrelhouse, The Chicago Tribune, Midwestern Gothic, Monkeybicycle, The Saturday Evening Post, and River Styx, among other journals.

Ephraim Scott Sommers is the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, which was awarded the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, Minnesota Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Ephraim received his PhD from Western Michigan University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Winthrop University.