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2005 - 2006 Featured Writers

Betsy Sholl Sept. 19, 2005
Dinty W. Moore Nov. 8, 2005
Stuart Dybek Jan. 18, 2006
Sven Birkerts April 20, 2006
Seamus Heaney May 10, 2006
Note: All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. and in the Wege Ballroom. All lunch talks are at 12:30 p.m. Location and Dates to be announced.
 All lectures supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).
Betsy Sholl - Sept. 19, 2005
Betsy Sholl Works by Betsy Sholl:
"Changing Faces"; "Appalachian Winter"; "Rooms Overhead"; "The Red Line"

Awards Include:
1991 Associated Writing Programs Award for Poetry
1997 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
NEA Grant & Two Maine Artists' Fellowships
Betsy Sholl, author of five books of poetry, is a founding member of Alice James Books. A native of New Jersey, She holds degrees from Bucknell University, the University of Rochester, and Vermont College. The University of Southern Maine and the MFA Program at Vermont College claim her as a professor.
Dinty W. Moore - Nov. 8, 2005
Dinty Moore Works by Dinty W. Moore:
"The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction" (2006); "Buddhism in the American Heartland", Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; "Sudden Stories" (2003); "Toothpick Men: Short Stories," Mammoth Books, 1998; "The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still," Algonquin Books, 1997; "The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth about Internet Culture," Agonquin Books of chapel Hill, 1995; "The Big White Thing" (dance theater script), performed in Baton Roughe, La., at Louisiana State University Dance Theater, 1988.
Dinty W. Moore has many talents. Before becoming known as a writer of both fiction and creative nonfiction, he worked as a reporter for United Press International, made documentary films, and danced professionally. Dinty did his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied with Lee Gutkind, the Godfather of creative nonfiction, and earned his M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. He teaches at Pennsylvania State University Altoona, where he co-coordinates the Integrative Arts program. He also edits Brevity, an online creative nonfiction journal.
Stuart Dybek - Jan. 18, 2006
Stuart Dybek Works by Stuart Dybek:
"I Sailed with Magellan" Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003; "The Coast of Chicago" (short stories) Knopf, 1990; "Childhood and Other Neighborhoods" Viking, 1980; "Brass Knuckles" (poems) University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979
Stuart Dybek lives in Kalamazoo, Mich. and has taught English since 1974 at Western Michigan University. He received his undergraduate and master's degree from Loyola University, and then went on to the University of Iowa where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree. He is not only an author but enjoys jazz and the saxophone.
Sven Birkerts - April 20, 2006
Sven Birkerts Works by Sven Birkerts:
"My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time," Viking, 2002; "Tolstoy's Dictaphone: Technology and the Muse," editor Graywolf Press, 1996; "The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in the Electronic Age," Faber, 1994; "Literature: The Evolving Canon," Allyn & Bacon, 1993; "The Longwood Introduction to Fiction," Allyn & Bacon, 1992; "The Electric Life: Essays on Modern Poetry," Morrow, 1989; "An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on Twentieth-Century Literature," Morrow, 1987
Sven Birkerts, a well known literary critic and a native of Pontiac, Mich., lives in Arlington, Mass. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. At present he is a lecturer at Mt. Holyoke College and teaches as a member of the faculty for the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Seamus Heaney - May 10, 2006
Seamus Heaney Works by Seamus Heaney:

Most Recent Publications: Translated: "The Burial at Thebes - A Version of Sophocles' Antigone," 2004; "Electric Light," 2001; Translation of "Beowulf," 2000; "Diary of One who Vanished," 2000; "Open Ground," 1998
Latest Collection of Poems: "District & Circle," 2006
Latest Collection of Essays: "Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001"

Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Robert Lowell deemed Heaney "the most important Irish poet since Yeats." He is undoubtedly the most popular poet writing in English today.

This special appearance is underwritten by Deborah Meijer's Rimbaud Fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.