Authors Share Their Works With Campus Community
Two published authors are coming to the Alma College Library to share their work and their advice.
Michigan author John Rybicki will read from his works and those of his students in the Anderson Reading Area of the Alma College Library at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Following shortly after, Lee Martin, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and director of creative writing at Ohio State University, will read his works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
Both readings are free and open to the public.
Rybicki, invited to Alma by the Alma College Library, the Co-curricular Affairs Committee and the Michigan Center for the Book, is the fall semester guest for the Michigan Author Speaker Series. A book signing and reception will follow his presentation.
“We were looking for people who would be engaging with the students and would have a dynamic presence to draw the students in,” said Angie Kelleher, assistant professor of library and access services librarian. “He is a very exuberant and passionate person.”
Martin was invited by Robert Vivian, assistant English professor, and the English department to speak at the library.
Rybicki is a poet who teachers creative writing to children in inner city Detroit. His first book of poems, Traveling at High Speeds, appeared in 1996, and his latest collection Yellow-Haired Girl with Spider, was published in 2002.
Bonnie Jo Campbell, a guest speaker from last year, recommended Rybicki to Kelleher. The series began three years ago when Jim Mueller, a member of the Co-curricular Affairs Committee, suggested the library bring in Michigan authors.
His poems and stories have appeared in the North American Review, Bomb, Field, Ohio Review, The Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly, as well as numerous anthologies.
Martin, a professor of English at Ohio State University, is the author of the novel The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, a Book Sense pick, and a featured alternate of the Doubleday Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He also is the 2006 recipient of the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Posted: Mon, November 6th, 2006 at 9:43AM