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Frostic Series concludes with alumnus Jonathan Johnson

Nov. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumnus Jonathan Johnson completes the fall schedule of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at WMU with a Thursday, Dec. 1, reading beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Johnson is expected to read from his recent book, "Hannah and the Mountain: Notes toward a Wilderness Fatherhood," a personal account of how he and his wife, Amy, set out to build a log cabin on his family's land in a remote and beautiful corner of Idaho. What began as a doable dream for the two of them suddenly looks quite different when, on their first morning in the cabin--without electricity, a telephone, running water, or real windows--the couple learn that Amy is pregnant.

Johnson is an assistant professor at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, the graduate writing program at Eastern Washington University. He received a doctorate in literature and creative writing from WMU, and has taught at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania and at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. His work has appeared in various literary magazines and in "The Best American Poetry." He is the author of "Mastodon, 80% Complete," a book of poems.

All readings in the Frostic Series are Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

Readings in the spring 2006 Frostic series will be announced in December. For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at arnie.johnston@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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