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  • African Language Materials Archive (ALMA)

    Location:

    Online: http://alma.matrix.msu.edu/

    Description:

    The African Language Materials Archive, or ALMA, is a multi-partner project focusing on the promotion and documentation of literature and literacy in the languages of Africa. It further serves to assist African language authors and publishers in publicizing and distributing their work.

    The ALMA site, hosted by MATRIX, contains African language video recordings, documentary video, translation work, and bibliographies. African Immigrant Voices Project, one of several AMLA treasures available through the new website, captures the plight and the lives of African diaspora emigrés. This project features a dozen interviews in nine African languages.

  • Center for Poetry Fall Writing Series (October, November 2017)

    Dates:

    • October 4, 2017: Ocean Vuong
    • October 24, 2017: Dan Gerber
    • October 31, 2017: George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam
    • November 8, 2017: Crystal Good

    Location:

    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.

    Description:

    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 Press and the African Books Collective Partnership

    Location:

    MSU Press: Suite 25, Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU Press and the African Books Collective have formed a partnership designed to raise the profile of African-published books and disseminate them more widely in North America. The African Books Collective is a non-profit, Oxford-based distribution outlet for more than 70 African publishers. Its mission is to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture. January 1, 2003, MSU Press began to market and distribute a number of African-published books in North America.

  • Multicultural Children's Literature

    Location:

    Online listing; MSU Library

    Description:

    This resource provides educators with Web listings, books available at the MSU Library, and journal articles. The primary focus is on multicultural literature, which offers positive role models for all children.

  • Spring Poetry Festival (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017.  Afternoon conversations at 3:00 pm.  Readings at 7:00 pm.  There is no afternoon conversation on April 26.

    Location:

    The RCAH Theatre and the LookOut! Gallery on MSU's campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center hosts the Spring Poetry Festival each Wednesday in April, which includes an afternoon talk and and evening reading.  Speakers for 2017 are:

    • Tina Chang (April 5)
    • Toi Derricotte (April 12)
    • Cindy Hunter Morgan (April 19)
    • Mark Doty (April 26)
  • The Celebrity Lecture Series Online Archive

    Description:

    The Celebrity Lecture Series online archive spans a ten-year period and offers full recordings of the speeches of such authors, poets, and playwrights as Maya Angelou, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, and Kurt Vonnegut. Lectures are browsable by speaker and topic and searchable by keyword. These lectures are available for nonprofit, educational, or programmatic purposes.

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