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Poet Malena Morling opens Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--"Malena Morling is a writer who is not afraid to feel or imagine, and who has the exceptional talent required to make an original voice," writes Stuart Dybek, award-winning author and professor of creative writing at Western Michigan University.

Morling opens the Fall 2006 Gwen Frostic Reading Series at WMU with a Wednesday, Sept. 20, reading of her poetry beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Morling will read from her latest collection of poems, "Astoria," published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and released in February.

An assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Morling is the author of "Ocean Avenue," selected by Philip Levine for the New Issues Poetry Prize. She has translated works by the Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, a selection of which appears in the collection, "For the Living and the Dead." Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times Book Review, New Republic, Washington Post Book World, Ploughshares, New England Review, and Five Points.

Fall 2006 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 20, poet Malena Morling
Oct. 4, novelist Geoffrey Becker
Oct. 18, essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate
Nov. 8, poet Li-Young Lee
Nov. 29, novelist and playwright Len Jenkin
Dec. 6, novelist and essayist Liesel Litzenburger

All readings are Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at arnie.johnston@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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