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March 3, 2008 - Author, poet, multimedia artist, and environmentalist Janet Kauffman will speak at Aquinas College on Thursday, March 27 as part of the Contemporary Writers series. The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Center Ballroom and is open to the public.

Kauffman is the author of the Flesh Made Word trilogy, the book Five on Fiction- a collection of prose poetry, and several collections of short stories such as Characters on the Loose. Specializing in imaginative writing, her unique writing style seeks new ways to communicate ideas through devices such as deformed books and creative alphabets.

Kauffman has taught in the English department at Eastern Michigan University since 1988 and played a central role in creating the University's Creative Writing Master's degree program. She challenges students to take different approaches to writing and re-think the concept of the "book."

A passionate environmentalist, Kauffman has focused on the problem of pollution resulting from commercial agriculture as much of her recent work has been devoted to this issue. Her upcoming book Trespassing: Dirt Stories and Field Notes combines fiction and nonfiction pieces to demonstrate the damaging effects of factory farms on a community.

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