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.
Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in 2022. She is editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter @marisasaystweet.
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Please join the Creative Writing Program for our annual undergraduate awards event celebration, with guest writer and judge Philip Metres. The event will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7 pm via zoom.
Philip Metres is a poet, essayist, scholar, and activist. He is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon 2020), Sand Opera, and The Sound of Listening. Awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship, three Arab American Book Awards, and two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.
The event is free and open to the public. You can register at tinyurl.com/MSUCWAReg.
The Spring 2021 Live Lit event will be held virtually on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm, featuring special guest Jessica Stokes, writer-scholar-PhD candidate and co-curator of HIVES.
Submissions will be accepted from all undergraduate students at MSU. Students taking advanced courses in creative writing and writing creative theses are particularly encouraged to submit. If you are interested in reading/performing this semester, please submit a short writing sample or video (5 poems, an essay, a short story, or other creative material suitable for oral performance or screening). Note: Performances may be either prerecorded or live. We are now accepting electronic submissions; submit work HERE. Submissions are due March 15, 2021.
For more information or questions, contact Dr. Robin Silbergleid (silberg1@ msu.edu).
Live Lit is co-sponsored by the Department of English Creative Writing Program and The RCAH Center for Poetry.