Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2250
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Creative Writing Program Reading Series

Every year at OU our Creative Writing (CW) Program brings nationally renowned creative writers to campus to give public readings as well as engage with CW students in conversation and craft talks. We host poets, fiction and literary non-fiction writers, and screenwriters, so all of our students can meet, hear and learn from professional writers working in their genre. Our past guest writers have included poets Carolyn Forché, Lorna Goodison, and Reginald Dwayne Betts; fiction writers Stuart Dybek, Nadia Bozak, and Karen Dionne; literary non-fiction writers Mark Stryker and Danielle Deulen; and screenwriters Madison Harrison and Sally Jean Williams.

In addition to our reading series, we offer professionalization events for our students on topics such as graduate school and publishing, and we also showcase our own CW faculty and students in readings over the year. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Oct. 18 (Thur), 5 - 6:30 p.m. — Maurice Brown Poetry Reading — Airea Matthews
An annual series named for a beloved professor who taught at OU between 1969-1985. Reading and craft talk by poet Airea D. Matthews, author of Simulacra, the 2016 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts and Cave Canem fellow.

Jan 23 (Wed), 5 – 6:30 p.m., location TBD. OU Creative Writing Faculty Reading, featuring professors Susan McCarty and Kathy Pfeiffer
You’ve seen them in action in the classroom—now come hear them read their work!

Feb 6 (Wed) Xhenet Aliu: Fiction reading and craft talk
Aliu’s novel, Brass, was published by Random House in January 2018 and is long-listed for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Book Prize.

Feb. 28 (Thur) — Publishing Round Table
Professors of Creative Writing present information on publishing and the literary scene.

Mar. 14 (Thur) — Eula Biss Reading and craft talk
Eula Biss is an artist in residence at Northwestern University, and her book On Immunity: An Inoculation was one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism).

Mar. 26 (Tue), 5 - 6:30 plm. — Flash Fiction / LNF Contest Winners Reading

April 15 (Mon) Poetry Bash
One of our favorite OU traditions: an open –mike celebration of the word. Come prepared to read your favorite poem or just listen to others read their poems. Featuring the winners of the annual ekphrasis poetry contest.