Visiting Writer Series

The Department of English at Lake Superior State University created the new Visiting Writer Series to bring highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU’s expanding Creative Writing Program and bring together the community and college in a shared literary experience.  Attendees have the opportunity to hear writers read their work, answer questions about their writing process, and sign books. Check back soon for more information about future visiting writers, as we plan and schedule their visits for this and future semesters. These programs are free to students of all majors, as well as community members, and everyone is invited to attend!

Mardi Jo Link, Thursday, April 13, 2017

Author Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link, author of the Michigan Notable Book Awardwinning memoir, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Michigan Farm, visits Lake State this April

Mardi Jo Link is the author of two memoirs, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm (2014) and The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (2015), as well as the true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart (2008), Isadore’s Secret (2009), and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand (2014), which were each Heartland bestsellers. Her memoir, Bootstrapper, was an Indie Next pick, 2013 Booksellers Choice Award winner from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, an Elle magazine’s Reader’s Prizewinner, the Housatonic Book Award for Nonfiction, and a Michigan Notable Book. Her essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Bear River Review, Creative Nonfiction, Detroit Free Press, Publishers Weekly, Terrain, and Traverse Magazine. She studied agriculture and journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She is a columnist for Traverse City Record-Eagle and lives in Traverse City, Michigan, on The Big Valley, the small farm featured in her award-winning memoir.

3pm: Master Class: More Like Yourself With Every Page: The Power of Voice in Memoir (CASET 212

7pm: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception (Kenneth Shouldice Library)

Events are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at reception

Past Visiting Writers

Alison Decamp

Alison DeCamp, the Michigan Notable Book Award-Winning author, visited Lake State on November 17, 2016 to give a reading and master class on the subject of writing middle grade novels for children.

Jessica Care Moore

Jessica Care Moore, an internationally renowned poet and spoken-word performance artist, from Detroit, Michigan, visited Lake State on Monday-Tuesday April 4-5 to give a free master class and reading.

Julianna Baggott

Internationally best-selling novelist and poet, Julianna Baggott, the author of more than twenty books, visited Lake State on Thursday, October 1, 2015 to give a free lecture on efficient creativity, master class, and reading.

Jeanine Cummins

National bestselling and highly acclaimed author Jeanine Cummins visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 2, 2015, for a master class, reading of her work, and reception. Read more about Jeanine Cummins and her novels and memoir here.

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio, “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets,” who is also a novelist, blues harmonica player, and Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, visited LSSU on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Addonizio and her work here.

Jim Northrup

Jim Northrup, the award-winning Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist, and novelist from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota, visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 3, 2014 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Northrup and his work here.

Neil O’Boyle Connelly

Neil O’Boyle Connelly, the author of two highly-acclaimed young adult novels and two literary novels, whose work Entertainment Weekly has called “both comic and chilling,” visited Lake Superior State University on Friday, October 4, 2013, to present a fiction reading and master class.

Helen Frost

Helen Frost, the award-winning author of seven novels-in-poems, whose writing has been said to “feel like wisps of thought rising, drifting, and weaving a dance,” visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 11, 2013 to present a poetry reading and master class.

Nikki Finney

Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry for Head Off & Split, and known as one of the most eloquent, fearless and necessary poets in America, visited Lake Superior State University on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, to present a reading and master class. Read more here.

Jaimy Gordon

Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award, discussed her novel Lord of Misrule at LSSU on Feb 20, 2012. Gordon was inaugural speaker for our new Visiting Writer Series, which brings highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU’s expanding creative writing program and to serve as an outreach for the community.