Carmen Bugan (RC 1996, Creative Writing) will read from Lillies from America: New and Selected Poems, 2004-2019, at Literati this Thursday at 7 pm. After her RC days Carmen earned an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and a MA and PhD (English Literature) from Oxford University, UK. Her poetry collections include Crossing the Carpathians (2004), The House of Straw (2014), and Releasing the Porcelain Birds (2016). She has also published a memoir, Burying the Typewriter (2012), which won the Bread Loaf Conference Prize for Nonfiction, and a critical study, Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile (2013). She teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC and lives on Long Island. She was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow in 2017.
Also reading on Thursday will be David Cope, a teacher of Carmen’s from Grand Rapids Community College.
An article about Carmen was featured in the Ann Arbor District Library’s online Pulp magazine, written by Martha Stuit (RC 2011, English, Creative Writing, and the Environment). Martha also has a Masters (2016) from the U-M School of Information. She works for the U-M Library and for Deep Blue, U-M’s digital repository service, and has worked as a reporter.