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Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College
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    Contemporary Writers Series

Fall Semester: 

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – original performance cancelled
Sergio Troncoso

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Provost / Poet Steve Germic
7:30 Reading of most recent work – 90 audience set for social distancing
This could be moved to a ZOOM if COVID determines

Stephen Germic's poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Carolina Quarterly, The Cape Rock, Soundings, and California Quarterly. He has taught literature and creative writing throughout the United States and overseas, and after too many years away, Steve has recently returned to live full-time in Michigan.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - original performance cancelled. TBA postponed, perhaps for Spring 2021
Creative Nonfiction Jerry Dennis

Spring Semester: 

Thursday, February 25, 2021 
Novelist / Translator Jessie Chaffee

Author Jessie Chaffee will read a "Public" Reading of her most recent work for the Contemporary Writers Series. This will be a virtual reading for Aquinas College Students, Faculty, and Staff at 7:30 pm via ZOOM.

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press), which was selected as a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017 and was published in translation in Italy, Turkey, Poland, Romania, Russia, and the Czech Republic. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in the Rumpus, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Slice, theFlorentine, and Global City Review, among other places. She earned her BA in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and her MFA at the City College of New York. She lives in New York City, where she is a contributing writer at Words Without Borders. Find her at www.jessiechaffee.com and @JessieLChaffee.

Jessie Chaffee's Translation and Interpretation event is cancelled because she will not be on campus but will only be virtual due to COVID.

Thursday, April 15
Poet Traci Brimhall

Poet Traci Brimhall will read a "Public" Reading of her most recent work for the Contemporary Writers Series. This will be a virtual reading for Aquinas College Students, Faculty, and Staff at 7:30 pm via ZOOM.

Traci Brimhall is the author of four poetry collections: Come the Slumberless from the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon); Saudade (Copper Canyon); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book AwardHer poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, Orion, and Best American Poetry. She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s the Director of Creative Writing at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS.