Gwen Frostic Reading Series

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

Fall 2016

Donna Hoke

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Donna Hoke's plays include The Couple Next Door, Safe, and Brilliant Works of Art.  Widely produced in the U.S. and on five continents, her work has won the Great Play Contest, McNerney Playwriting Contest, and the Naatak National Playwriting Contest and has been a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Prize.  Hoke is the author of a children's book entitled Neko and the Twiggets and is the co-author of BUA Takes 10:GLBT Short Stories.

WMU Alumni Reading, featuring Dustin M. Hoffman, Iliana Rocha, and Glenn Shaheen

Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Dustin Hoffman's story collection, One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His stories have appeared in Pleiades, Bat City Review, The Journal, Cimarron Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Hoffman is a graduate of Bowling Green State University's MFA program, Dustin received his BA from WMU in 2006 and his PhD. in 2013. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Winthrop University.

Glenn Shaheen is the author of the poetry collections Energy Corridor and Predatory, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, as well as a flash-fiction chapbook entitled Unchecked Savagery. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, The Cincinnati Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Houston, Glenn received his PhD. from WMU in 2015.

Iliana Rocha, is originally from Texas and is a graduate of the MFA program at Arizona State University. Her first poetry collection, Karankawa, was the recipient of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Iliana's work has appeared in Best New Poets (2014), Blackbird, Third Coast, Banango Street, Bennington Review, and elsewhere. She received her PhD. from WMU in 2016.

Ana Castillo

Wednesday, November 2,  8 p.m., WMU Center for the Humanities 3512 Knauss Hall. Presented in partnership with The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College and the WMU Center for the Humanities.

Ana Castillo is a distinguished Chicana novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, translator, and scholar. Her books include Sapogonia, So Far from God, My Father Was a Toltec, Loverboys, and Massacres of the Dreamers, among others. Castillo has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Lambda Literary Award, the Carl Sanburg Award, and NEA grants in fiction and poetry.  She has been featured in Salon, and the New York Times.

Cathy Park Hong

Thursday, November 17, 8 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Engine Empire, Dance Dance Revolution, and Translating Mo'um. She has received  the Barnard Women Poets Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, McSweeney's, Boston Review, The Nation, and other journals.  Hong is an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College and poetry editor of The New Republic.