Joel Potrykus is a Michigan-based screenwriter and director, hailed by The AV Club as “one of the most interesting and unusual new voices in American independent film.” His work has screened at the Lincoln Center for the Arts, the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and the Munich Film Museum. His most recent feature films, The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) and Relaxer (2018), premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and were produced by Oscilloscope Laboratories, a company founded by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Relaxer recently won Best Actor at the Fantasia Film Festival and will have a wide release in early 2019 after touring the festival circuit.
Please save the date for the fall Creative Writing Faculty reading, featuring alum Kate Birdsall, Hannah Ensor, and Teresa Milbrodt, to be held Monday, October 7, 7 pm, in the LookOut! Gallery (second floor Snyder-Phillips Hall). Join us in celebrating the work of these new colleagues. The event is free and open to the public.
The Creative Writing Program, the Womxn of Color Initiatives, and the College of Arts and Letters are pleased to welcome Amalia Ortiz, who will visit MSU campus from November 10th through November 12th. Amalia Ortiz’s second book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret and Other Songs, is now available from Aztlan Libre Press. Ortiz has been featured on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO, and on the NAACP Image Awards. Her debut collection Rant. Chant. Chisme. was selected by NBC News as one of the “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” On November 11th, Ortiz will hold a conversation at 10:30am in Wells Hall, room C640, and will present a public reading geared toward the CAL community at 7:oopm in the Art Lab.