WMU News

Public readings mark publication of four Michigan poets

October 9, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Four Michigan poets whose works have been published by Western Michigan University's New Issues Poetry Series will introduce their new books through two readings in October.

Julie Moulds, Diane Seuss-Brakeman, Marc Sheehan and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley will read from their new titles at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. A second reading in Birmingham, Mich., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Birmingham Community House, 308 Bates Street. Both readings are free and open to the public. Receptions for the authors will follow each reading.

The four new books are part of the Inland Seas Poetry Books Series of the New Issues Press Poetry Series. The titles were selected from submissions made to the poetry series' annual national competition. More than 70 Michigan authors were among those who submitted manuscripts and an editorial team headed by Dr. Herbert Scott, editor of the series and the Gwen Frostic Professor of Creative Writing at WMU.

Selected for publication were:

"The Woman with the Cubed Head" by Julie Moulds. Moulds, of Richland, is a graduate of Hope College and originally from North Muskegon. She teaches children's literature and creative writing in southwestern Michigan.

"It Blows You Hollow" by Diane Seuss-Brakeman. Raised in Niles, Seuss-Brakeman has taught writing and literature at Kalamazoo College and was the first recipient of the Jewel Heart Poetry Prize.

"Greatest Hits" by Mark Sheehan. Sheehan, who works in Lansing, was born in Grand Rapids and holds advanced degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

"Before the Palm Could Bloom" by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. Wesley, who was born in Liberia and emigrated to the United States in 1991, resides in southwestern Michigan. She teaches workshops for young poets and writers and African literature to college students.

The books are available in local bookstores.

The Inland Seas Poetry Books Series is funded through a grant by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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