Gwen Frostic Reading Series

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

Spring 2019

Kevin Young

Presented in Partnership with the University Center for the Humanities

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., 2452 Knauss Hall (Canceled due to inclement weather. Reschedule date to be determined)

Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry and is the poetry editor for The New Yorker. Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and previously was the Curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. His many other honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from Beloit College. His most recent book is titled Bunk.

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright, dramaturg, and co-Founder of the Foundry @ PlayPenn. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by theaters including: The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival.

New Issues Poetry and Prose, Featuring: Nina Puro and Lauren K. Alleyne

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

Nina Puro is the author of Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House and has had work appear in Guernica, the PEN/America Poetry Series, Jubliat, and others. They're a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative; author of two chapbooks; and recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Brooklyn Community Pride Foundation, Deming Fund, Wurlitzer Foundation, Saltonstall, and others. They received an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from NYU, where they provide psychotherapy and advocacy to sex workers and victims of human trafficking in NYC.

Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Honey Fish and Difficult Fruit. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies such as The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Women's Studies Quarterly, Guernica, The Caribbean Writer, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her work has earned several honors, most recently first place in the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest and a 2017 Philip Freund Prize. Alleyne was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, and is currently Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.

Abbey Mei Otis

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

Abbey Mei Otis is the author of the story collection Alien Virus Love Disaster. She is a writer, a teaching artist, a storyteller, and a firestarter, raised in the woods of North Carolina. She loves people and art forms on the margins. She has studied at the Michener Center and Clarion West, and now teaches fiction at Oberlin College. Her stories have recently appeared in Tin House, Electric Literature, The Offing, and Guernica.

WMU Department of English MFA/Ph.D. Festival

Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center