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Accomplished poet kicks off Frostic Reading Series at WMU

by Mark Schwerin

Sept. 16, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of William Olsen.
KALAMAZOO--A series of five readings of poetry and other works by nationally known writers and alumni of Western Michigan University begins next week at WMU as part of the fall Frostic Reading Series.

Accomplished poet William Olsen, WMU professor of English, will lead off the series with readings culled from among his five books of poetry at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Rooms 208-209 of the Bernhard Center.

Olsen has been garnering acclaim for his most recent book, "Sand Theory." His first book, "The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers," was a National Poetry Series Winner and was reissued in 2003 as part of the Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 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. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Republic, Chicago Review, Paris Review, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, New American Poets of the Nineties, The New Breadloaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Poets of the New Century and many other magazines and anthologies. In addition to WMU, he teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He also is editor of WMU's New Issues Press.

Fall 2011 Frostic Reading Series events

All series readings begin at 8 p.m.