WMU News

Author, poet to represent readings

January 28, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- An author described as one of America's best working writers and an award-winning poet will present readings as part of the Western Michigan University Reading Series sponsored by the Department of English. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Fred Leebron, the author of "Out West," will present a reading at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. A reception will follow on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. Leebron, who teaches creative writing at Gettysburg (Pa.) College, has been said to be one of the best writers working in America today. His stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies and he is currently a visiting fiction writer in WMU's Department of English.

Stephen Dunn, the author of 10 collections of poetry, will present a reading from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Hicks Center at Kalamazoo College. The reading is co-sponsored by Kalamazoo College. Among Dunn's work is "Loosestrife," a 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, "Walking Light: Essays & Memoirs" and "Riffs and Reciprocities." Dunn has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. He is a Trustee Fellow in the Arts and Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

For information about these events, call Julie Stotz at 373-9212.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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