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Poet William Olsen opens Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--"Poet William Olsen, professor of English at Western Michigan University, opens the fall Frostic Reading Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are open to the public free of charge.

Olsen is the author of four collections of poetry: "The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers" (Illinois, 1988), "Vision of a Storm Cloud" (Triquarterly, 1996), "Trouble Lights" (Triquarterly, 2002) and "Avenue of Vanishing" (Triquarterly, 2007). "The Hand of God," winner of the National Poetry Series, the Texas Poetry Award and the Missouri Breakthrough Prize, was reissued as part of the Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series in 2003.

Olsen is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, an National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, A Nation/Discovery Award, the Texas Institute of Arts Award, a Breadloaf Fellowship, and poetry awards from Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse. He teaches creative writing and literature at WMU and at Vermont College.

Fall 2007 Frostic Reading Series

Monday, Sept. 17, poet William Olsen
Monday, Oct. 1, playwright Rich Orloff
Wednesday, Oct. 10, poet and essayist Lia Purpura
Monday, Oct. 29, novelist Robin Hemley
Wednesday, Nov. 7, poet and essayist Marvin Bell
Wednesday, Nov. 14, novelist Victor LaValle

All readings are 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 Elizabeth Marzoni at elizabeth.s.marzoni@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.

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