Sweetland Word Squared: Laura Kasischke @ Literati Bookstore
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

RC Writing Alum and U-M Professor of English Laura Kasischke will participate in a live broadcast of Word Squared with T Hetzel.

Sweetland Center for Writing’s Word Squared lets you hear directly from U-M professors about their challenges, processes, and expectation as writers and also as readers of student writing. Word Squared pairs on esteemed University professor with Sweetland faculty member and WCBN Living Writers T Hetzel for a conversation about writing. These conversations offer a rare glimps into the writing that professors do outside the classroom and how they handle the same challenges student writers face.

Laura Kasischke is the Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English at U-M, where she has won a number of awards for her teaching, including the Henry Russel Award, 1923 Memorial Teaching Award, and a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.

She has published nine collections of poetry and nine novels. Her fiction has been translated into many languages, and her last four novles habe been international best-sellers. For her eighth book of poetry she received the National Book Critics Circle Award. The collection was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.


Reading: U-M alum Scott Beal @ Neutral Zone
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Local poet Scott Beal, an award-winning U-M creative writing grad, reads from his recently published debut collection, which deploys familiar characters from Rapunzel to Perseus and whimsically surreal tall tales to explore the varied and violent forces that shape human identities. MacArthur-winning poet and former U-M English professor Alice Fulton praises Beal’s “revelatory” tales for their “surprising linguistic and narrative moves [that] elicit the unbidden traumas and dazzling weirdness of lived experience. Refreshments. Signing.
8-9 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington.

Presentation and Signing: Chris van Allsburg @ Literati Bookstore
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Children’s book author Chris Van Allsburg will give a presentation and sign in support of his latest work, The Misadventures of Sweetie-Pie.

Van Allsburg is a Michigan native and U-M alum. He is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. He has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and was made into a popular feature film, as was its sequel, Zathura. Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and  lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Seating will be limited. Details forthcoming from literatibookstore,com 


Poetry at Literati: Katie Hartsock and Laura Kasischke @ Literati Bookstore
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Katie Hartsock is the author of a poetry chapbook, Hotels, Motels, and Extended Stays, published by Toadlily Press in their 2014 Quartet Series. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Massachusetts Review, Measure, Michigan Quarterly Review, RHINO, and Southwest Review; and in the anthology Down to the Dark River: Poems about the Mississippi River (Louisiana Literature Press, 2015). She holds a MFA from the University of Michigan and will receive a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University in summer 2015. Her full-length manuscript has been a finalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and the New Criterion Poetry Prize.

RC Writing alumna and U-M professor Laura Kasischke has published eight collections of poetry and eight novels. Her novels include Suspicious River (1996), White Bird in a Blizzard (1999), and The Life Before Her Eyes(2002). They have been translated widely, and adapted for film.  She has been the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DiCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, several Pushcart Prizes, the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Beatrice Hawley Award. Her other collections of poetry include Space, in Chains, Lilies, Without, Gardening in the Dark, Wild Brides, Housekeeping in a DreamFire and Flower and What It Wasn’t. Her poems and stories have been published in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic , The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review and elsewhere.

Note: rescheduled from February 11

RC Writer in Residence: Stuart Dybek @ Residential College
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – Mar 21 @ 9:00 pm

Poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek will be the RC’s 2015 Artist in Residence, March 19-21, 2015. He will also be keynote speaker at the second annual Voices of the Middle West conference, at the RC on March 21st.

Conversation: Martin Espada and Khaled Mattawa @ Stern Auditorium
Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

U-M English professor and renowned poet Mattawa and highly acclaimed Latino poet Espada discuss Espada’s work. In conjunction with Espada’s reading on Mar. 17.

Voices of the Middle West Festival
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Midwestern author Stuart Dybek will be keynote speaker at the second annual Voices of the Middle West festival on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the University of Michigan Residential College, 721 E. University Ave. in Ann Arbor.

The free festival  features panel discussions by authors and publishers, an open mic event, and an all-day bookfair showcasing literary journals and independent presses from all over the Midwest, with issues and books for sale.

Stuart Dybek, a lifelong Midwesterner and author of The Coast of Chicago, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, and Paper Lantern, will give a keynote address at 5 pm. A public reception and book signing will follow.

The festival will bring together U-M students and faculty with writers and presses from all over the Midwest to showcase the rich, magnificent work being produced here in the Midwest, the stories that need to be told, the voices that need to be heard. Panel discussions on fables in Midwestern literature, gender parity in publishing, and other literary discussions will feature outstanding regional authors Laura Kasischke, CJ Hribal, Caitlin Horrocks, Anne Valente, Marcus Wicker, Matt Bell, and more. The festival’s authors will read at Literati Bookstore, 124 East Washington Street in Ann Arbor, on Friday, March 20th beginning at 6 PM.

More information at


Evening of David Ives Farces @ Keene Theater
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

RC drama instructor Kate Mendeloff’s students direct and perform 8 short plays by Ives, an acclaimed contemporary American playwright best known for his one-act comedies.  

RC Acappella: Sirens in Concert @ RC Keene Theater
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This all-female a cappella ensemble performs a wide variety of popular songs, from love ballads to classic rock songs, to a new twist on a popular rap song.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.),  Free, but $5 donation encouraged.



Conversation: Lolita Hernandez and Laura Thomas @ Hatcher Library
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Author’s Forum Presents: Making Callaloo in Detroit: A Conversation with the RC’s Lolita Hernandez and Laura Thomas

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