Gwen Frostic Reading Series

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

Fall 2019

Sam Ligon and Robert Lopez:

Samuel Ligon recently finished a serial novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—which appeared in fifty installments in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, The Inlander, as well as on Spokane Public Radio and as a podcast. The author of four previous books of fiction, including Wonderland and Safe in Heaven Dead, Ligon was co-editor with Kate Lebo of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. He teaches at Eastern Washington University, serves as EWU’s Faculty Legislative Liaison, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the WorldKamby Bolongo Mean River —named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, All Back Full, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in dozens of publications, including BombThe Threepenny ReviewThe Mississippi ReviewNew England Review, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction – Latino. He teaches at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College. He was a fellow in fiction for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010 and Visiting Writer at Syracuse University for fall, 2018. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Bernhard Center, Room 157-159

Cecily Parks

Cecily Parks is author of the poetry collections Field Folly Snow (University of Georgia, 2008) and O'Nights (Alice James, 2015), and editor of the anthology The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (Everyman's Library, 2016). Her poems and essays appear in ConjunctionsThe New Yorker,  Boston Review,  The New Republic, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA Program at Texas State University and lives in Austin.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Bernhard Center, Room 157-159

Alumni Reading:

Metta Sáma is author of the chapbooks After "Sleeping to Dream"/After After (Nous-Zot), Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books), le animal & other strange creatures (Miel), the year we turned dragon (Portable Press @ YoYo Books) and author of the full lengths South of Here (New Issues Press) & Swing at your own risk (Kelsey St Press). She is Director of Center for Women Writers at Salem College where she also serves as Associate Professor, Director of Creative Writing and Chair of the English Department.

Jeremy Llorence is a Black American playwright from Metro-Detroit. His ten-minute, one-act, and full-length plays have been seen in venues all over the Midwest including Chicago, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, and Columbus. His newest play, Voice of the Net, received the 2018 Playwright Fellowship sponsored by CATCO and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). In 2015, Cane River King won the inaugural Activate: Midwest Festival as well as the Region Three Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest award for best full length. It was subsequently produced at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre in Chicago. He holds a BA from Grand Valley State University and an MFA from Western Michigan University. He is the current playwriting faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he teaches courses in playwriting, reading plays, and others, while serving as the faculty advisor to Quiz and Quill, Otterbein’s student literary journal.

Simone Person grew up in Michigan and Toledo, Ohio and is a Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat Fellow. She is a dual MFA/MA in Fiction and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. Her first chapbook, Dislocate, was the prose winner of the 2017 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest, and her second, Smoke Girl, was the poetry winner of the 2018 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest. In 2018, she became the Prose Editor for Honeysuckle Press. She can be found at and on Twitter and Instagram at @princxporkchop.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Bernhard Center: 157-159


Brett Neveu's upcoming and recent theatre productions include Verböten with House Theatre, Traitor with A Red Orchid Theatre (Joseph Jefferson Award, New Adaptation) and To Catch a Fish with Timeline Theatre. Past work includes productions with 59e59 Theatre in New York; The Royal Court Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company in London; The Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Greenhouse Theatre, The Inconvenience, A Red Orchid Theatre and American Theatre Company in Chicago and he has developed plays with The Atlantic Theatre Company and The New Group in New York and The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. He is a resident-alum of Chicago Dramatists, a proud ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre and currently teaches writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Bernhard Center: 157-159