Arts & Letters
Number of Programs: 4
- October 4, 2017: Ocean Vuong
- October 24, 2017: Dan Gerber
- October 31, 2017: George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam
- November 8, 2017: Crystal Good
LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824. The Dan Gerber presentation takes place in Green Room, 4th floor, West wing of the MSU Library.
The MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center for Poetry sponsors the Fall Writing Series. The 2017 presenters are:
Ocean Vuong: Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and Thom Gunn Award, finalist for Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Lamda Literary Prize, and was named by the New York Times as a Top 10 Book of 2016.
Dan Gerber: The author of more than a dozen books, including eight volumes of poetry, Dan Gerber is also a Michigan native, an MSU alumnus (history, philosophy, political science, 1962), a former professional race car driver, and co-founder of the literary journal Sumac with the late Jim Harrison. (co-sponsored with the Michigan Writers Series)
George Ella Lyon: George Ella Lyon has published award-winning books for readers of all ages, and her poem, “Where I’m From,” has been used as a model by teachers around the world. Recent titles include She Let Herself Go (poems) and the following picture books: Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song, and All the Water in the World (both CCBC Choices), The Pirate of Kindergarten (Schneider Award) and You and Me and Home Sweet Home (Jane Addams Honor). Originally from the mountains of Kentucky, Lyon was the Kentucky Poet Laureate from 2015-2016.
Diane Gilliam: Diane Gilliam is the author of the lyric narrative Dreadful Wind & Rain, and three collections of poetry: Kettle Bottom, One of Everything, and the chapbook Recipe for Blackberry Cake. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Ohio State University.
Crystal Good: Crystal Good uses poetry and performance to explore the landscape of Appalachia as a lens into the universe. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a Irene McKinney Scholar and performs with Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a New York-based Free/Avant-Garde experimental improvisation ensemble. She is the author of Valley Girl and is working on her second collection of poetry.
MSU's Cultural Engagement Council (CEC), the organizing body behind the Year of Arts and Culture, is composed of leaders of allied cultural units, outreach, and student life. The CEC strives to increase the visibility of campus cultural resources and facilitate expanded MSU cultural engagement among our students and across Michigan, nationally, and internationally. The CEC seeks to build among students and the community a common understanding of the importance of culture through new and innovative partnerships and collaborations; and to enhance teaching and research in all aspects of the study of culture.
April 2, 2018. 7:30 pm
Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage ’s plays, including Ruined and Intimate Apparel, have been produced widely, and often deal with lives of women of African descent and those forgotten voices within our society. Her most recent play, Sweat, opened on Broadway in March 2017 to rave reviews. The story follows the decades-long hard labor of its characters, whose modest livelihoods are threatened by the evaporation of manufacturing jobs in America. She is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University and a lecturer in playwriting at Yale University.
April 3, 2017. 6:30 pm.
Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48825
Over the last few years, Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as one of America’s finest intellectuals, a writer whose essays are so powerful and rigorously researched that he has forced many discussions on issues that would otherwise be ignored. His 2014 extended Atlantic essay, “The Case for Reparations,” stands as one of the most brilliant exposés of recent history. He is also the author of two memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which are both brilliantly conceived. Coates continues the discussion on racism prompted by MSU’s Project 60/50 and One Book One Community. A special chance to see this in-demand author in a rare speaking engagement.