Contemporary Writers Series  


  • Follow us online! Facebook Twitter

2009 - 2010 Featured Writers

Liesel Litzenburger Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Linda Hogan Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sherod Santos Thursday, March 4, 2010
George Brant Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all readings are at 7:30 p.m. and in the Wege Ballroom. All lunch talks are at 12:30 p.m. in the Grace Hauenstein Library.
Liesel Litzenburger - Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Liesel Litzenburger About author Liesel Litzenburger:
  • Liesel grew up in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and currently lives in the Grand Rapids area
  • Her stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies
  • She has taught writing at several colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan, New College, and the Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Liesel is the recipient of awards and residencies from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony
  • Published works include: The Widower, Shaye Areheart Books/Random House (New York, NY), 2006; Now You Love Me, Random House/Three Rivers Press, 2007
Linda Hogan - Thursday, October 29, 2009
Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan is an acclaimed Chickasaw Poet, Novelist and Essayist;

Her writing includes a few of the following:
  • The Inner Journey: Views from Native Traditions, 2009

  • People of the Whale: A Novel, 2008

  • Power, 1998, a novel

  • Dwellings; A Spiritual History of the Natural World, 1995

  • Solar Storms, 1995, New York Times Notable Book

  • Mean Spirit, 1990, a novel, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer

  • Rounding the Human Corners, 2008, a poetry book which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

  • Linda Hogan has written a documentary narrative about the history of American Indian Religious Freedom, Everything Has A Spirit, seen on PBS.
  • Hogan was honored by her tribe as one of the "Heroes and Dreamers and has recorded, in her voice, a piece of writing for the collection of materials. She is also a recipient of the Spirit of the West award.
  • >>More About Linda Hogan
Sherod Santos - Thursday, March 4, 2010
Sherod Santos; Photo Credit: Alan Kennedy About poet and essayist Sherod Santos:
  • He retired as Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Missouri in 2007 and now resides in Chicago
  • Greek Lyric Poetry, 2005, awarded the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Humanities
  • The Perishing, 2003
  • The Pilot Star Elegies, 1999, won a Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize
  • A Poetry of Two Minds, National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism
  • His poetry and essays have appeared in  The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Yale Review
  • >>More About Sherod Santos
George Brant - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Aquinas
George Brant About playwright George Brant:
  • Currently in his final year as a Playwriting Fellow at the James A. Michener Center
  • His work has been produced in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Austin.
  • His plays have been selected for the Prop Thtr New Play Festival, the Circle Theatre New Play Festival and the WordBRIDGE Playwright's Lab.
  • His plays have been finalists for the Clauder Competition, the Bay Area Playwright's Festival, the Hangar Theatre Lab, the Herrick Theatre Foundation's New Play Competition and the Keene Prize for Literature
  • Elephant's Graveyard, another play by George Brant, is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee during 1916.
  • His play Any Other Name will be performed by AQ Theatre during the spring 2010 semester: A dark comedy (or light tragedy) about identity theft in Victorian England. Also, it was work-shopped at Trinity Repertory Company, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, and Shakespeare at Clark Park .
  • >>More About George Brant