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2004 - 2005 Featured Writers

Bill Heyen Sept. 30, 2004
Lee Gutkind Oct. 27, 2004
Diane Wakoski March 16, 2005
Note: All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom.
Bill Heyen - Sept. 30, 2004
Bill Heyen Latest Works by Bill Heyen:
Annuli, Timberline Press (Fulton, Mo.), 2001; (Editor) September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, Etruscan Press (Silver Spring, Md.), 2002; Shoah Train: Poems, Etruscan Press (Silver Spring, Md.), 2003; The Rope: Poems, Mammoth Books (DuBois, Pa.), 2003; The Hummingbird Corporation: Stories, Mammoth Books (DuBois, Pa.), 2003; Home: Autobiographies, Etc., Mammoth Books (DuBois, Pa.), 2004.
William Heyen, a well respected American poet, was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. He is a former Fulbright lecturer at Hannover University in Germany and has won many awards for his poetry; his latest being the Fairchild Award and Small Press Book Award, for both in1997, for Crazy Horse in Stillness: Poems. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred periodicals, including The New Yorker, Harper's, TriQuarterly, Poetry, and American Poetry Review. His writings cover many different historical contents from the Holocaust with "The Swastika Poems," to America's Native American with his poems about Custer and Crazy Horse, to poems of September 11, 2001 terrorist act against America. Mr. Heyen has been Professor of English and Poet in Residence at the State University of New York College at Brockport.
Lee Gutkind - Oct. 27, 2004
Lee Gutkind Works by Lee Gutkind:
Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation, Norton (New York, NY), 1988; One Children's Place: A Profile of Pediatric Medicine, Grove Weidenfeld (New York, NY), 1990; Stuck in Time: The Tragedy of Childhood Mental Illness, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1993; Creative Nonfiction: How to Live It and Write It, Chicago Review Press (Chicago, IL), 1996; The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality, Wiley (New York, NY), 1997; The Veterinarian's Touch: Profiles of Life among the Animals, Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1998.
Lee Gutkind is the editor and founder of the magazine, Creative Nonfiction. Born in Pittsburgh, PA he has continued to live and work in the area. Currently he is Professor of English at University of Pittsburgh and has been the inspiration for many creative nonfiction writers. He, also, works as a freelance reporter for NPR and teaches narrative techniques to reporters, producers and editors for National Public Radio. Creative Nonfiction is described by Gutkind as "dramatic, true stories using scenes, dialogue, close, detailed descriptions and other techniques usually employed by poets and fiction writers about important subjects - from politics, to economics, to sports, to the arts and sciences, to racial relations, and family relations."
Diane Wakoski - March 16, 2005
Diane Wakowski Works by Diane Wakoski:
Emerald Ice: Selected poems 1962 - 1987, Black Sparrow Press (winner Williams Carlos publ: Prize 1989)

Books in the series "Archeology of Movies & Books," Black Sparrow Press:
Medea the Sorceress, 1991; Jason the Sailor, 1993; The Emerald City of Las Vegas, 1995; Argonaut Rose, 1998
Diane Wakoski, who is a professor of English at Michigan State University, was born in Whittier, CA, in 1937. Diane has published more than 40 collections of poetry. She is frequently named among the foremost contemporary American poets by virtue of her experiential vision and her unique voice according to Paul Zweig in the New York Times Book Review. In 2003 she received the Author of the Year award from the Michigan Library Association.