Gwen Frostic Reading Series

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

Fall 2018

Richard Katrovas

Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Richard Katrovas is the author of fifteen books of prose and verse. His work has appeared in dozens of the leading literary journals and anthologies, and he's received numerous grants and awards. He taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans, and since 2002 at Western Michigan University. He is also the founding director of the Prague Summer Program. The Great Czech Navy is composed of stories centered on the American expatriate community that has existed in Prague since the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Charles Busch (Reading of the new full-length play. Presented in partnership with the Theater Department.)

Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m., Atrium Lobby, Gilmore Theatre Complex

Charles Busch is the author of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die. He has received a Tony nomination for Best Play, Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. The Dramatist's Guild has honored him with the Flora Roberts Award for sustained commitment to the theatre.

WMU Alumni Reading, Featuring: Cara Beth Heath, Tyler Smith & Gary McDowell

Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Cara Beth Heath has an MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a BA in Creative Writing from the College of Charleston. She's been invited to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dramaturgy, directing and playwriting. Her work has been read and produced in several festivals and workshops across the Midwest, including her award-winning play Good Enough, which is about the women of the Gibson guitar factory during WWII. She currently works as the Strawdog Theatre Company's Literary Manager.

Tyler James Smith is the author of Unstoppable Moses. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and is a graduate of Western Michigan University. Formerly working as a mailman, book seller, deli worker, barback, and landscaper, he currently works as as aide in the Chicago Public Schools. He lives in the city with his fiancee and his blue heeler, Dioji.

Gary McDowell is the author of a collection of essays, Caesura: Essays and five collections of poetry, including, most recently, Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None and Weeping at a Stranger's Funeral. He is also the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, The Nation, and Gulf Coast. He lives in Nashville, with his family where he's an associate professor at Belmont University.

Elisa Albert

Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, How This Night is Different, and the editor of the anthology Freud's Blind Spot. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies. Albert grew up in Los Angeles and received an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Lini Mazumdar Fellow.

Dennis Hinrichsen

Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Dennis Hinrichsen's most recent work is Skin Music, co-winner of the Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. His previous books include Rip-tooth, Kurosawa's Dog, and Detail from the Garden of Earthly Delights. Other awards include the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary for Electrocution, A Partial History as well as the Third Coast Poetry Prize and a Best of the Net Award. He lives in Lansing, Michigan, where he is serving as the area's first Poet Laureate.