Contemporary Writers Series  


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2007 - 2008 Featured Michigan Writers

Jack Driscoll Sept. 20, 2007
Tom Lynch Nov. 1, 2007
Janet Kauffman March 27, 2008
Laura Kasischke April 17, 2008
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.
Jack Driscoll - Sept. 20, 2007
Jack Driscoll  
Jack Driscoll is the author of four books of poetry, three novels, and a collection of short stories, including "How Like an Angel" (University of Michigan Press, 2006). "Lucky Man, Lucky Woman" was the recipient of the 1998 Pushcart Book Editors Award and the Independent Book Publishers Award 1999 Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His story collection, "Waiting Only to be Heard," was the recipient of the Associated Writing Programs Award for short fiction. He is currently writer-in-residence at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Sponsored by Liesel Litzenburger & Hank Meijer .
Tom Lynch - Nov. 1, 2007
Tom Lynch; Photo by Robert Turney Links:
Thomas Lynch is the author of three collections of poetry: "Skating with Heather Grace," "Grimalkin & Other Poems," and "Still Life in Milford." His collection of essays, "The Undertaking - Life Studies from the Dismal Trade," won the Heartland Prize for non-fiction, The American Book Award, and was a Finalist for the National Book Award. It has been translated into seven languages. A second collection of essays, "Bodies in Motion and at Rest," won The Great Lakes Book Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, Harper's, Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Irish Times, and The Times of London. His commentaries have been recorded and broadcasted by BBC Radio, RTE in Ireland and NPR. He is the recipient of grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Michigan Council for the Arts, The Michigan Library Association, The Writers Voice Project, The National Book Foundation, The Arvon Foundation in Great Britain and The Irish Arts Council. Sponsored by The Lafayette Fund.
Janet Kauffman - March 27, 2008
Janet Kauffman  
Janet Kauffman has published three books of short stories: "Characters on the Loose," "Obscene Gestures for Women," and "Places in the World a Woman Could Walk," which won the Rosenthal Award from the Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters; three novels in the trilogy Flesh Made Word: "Collaborators," "The Body in Four Parts," and "Rot;" and four collections of poems, including "The Weather Book," which was an AWP Award Series Selection, and "Five on Fiction" (Burning Deck Press, 2004). Her mixed media work includes a series of recycled plastic hand/books: "Telescopic Heavens" (1998), "This is the House That Jack Built" (1999), and "Armed Bug-Women and Other Planetary Forces Confront the Lenawee County Road Commission" (2000). She has collaborated with artist Nancy Chalker-Tennant on several visual/hybrid books, including "X Amount of Time/Lines," and "Another Account: A Water Project." Sponsored by Kate Pew Wolters.
Laura Kasischke - April 17, 2008
Laura Kasischke; Photo by Bill Abernathy  

Laura Kasischke is the author of six books of poetry (most recently, Lilies Without, 2007) and four novels (most recently, Be Mine, 2007).  Her work has been published in numerous journals, including Ploughshares, The New England Review, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review.  She has received many honors for her work, including the Alice Fay diCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers.  Her third novel, The Life before Her Eyes was made into a film starring Uma Thurman and directed by Vadim Perelman.  She teaches at the University of Michigan, and lives in Chelsea, Michigan.  Sponsored by Diane Herbruck and The Wordsmiths, John Hunting, and Paul Miles Advertising.