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  • 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.

     

  • 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 (March, April 2018)

    Dates:

    March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, 2018.  3:00 pm discussions; 7:00 pm readings.

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The 2018 Festival includes the following poets:

    • March 28: Cheryl Clarke is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is By My Precise Haircut (2016)
    • April 4: RCAH Center for Poetry Turns Ten: Stephanie Glazier, Lia Greenwell, and Anita Skeen
    • April 11: MSU alumna Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour.
    • April 18: RCAH alumna Leila Chatti was born in Oakland, California. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, she has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press.
  • Use of Fairy Tales in Working with Children of Trauma (April 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    The Leona Group, 2123 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    The Brothers Grimm recorded original folktales that included incest and abuse of children, resonant themes for traumatized children. Fairy tales speak directly to inner pressures of children’s psychological and emotional sense of self in ways that children unconsciously understand. Fairy tales embrace the serious inner struggles of traumatized children and offer creative solutions to those difficulties. This empowers children, offers them a more secure sense of self, body integrity, and confidence. Understanding the nature of children’s enjoyment and use of fairy tales gives an appreciation for the needs and coping strategies of children to negotiate painful experiences, embrace relationships and find meaning in life. When children are told fairy tales, they are given permission to explore the dark side of their lives and find creative resolutions to their intense anxieties and concerns. Anxieties and their derivatives are often core conflicts addressed in fairy tales. Fairy tales, then, provide children solutions in a reassuring cohesive structure and predictable happy endings not often found simply through play. We will visit fairy tales and utilize discussion to highlight these themes for traumatized children.
    Available CECHs: 6.0

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