Upcoming: Carla Harryman M–/W– launch (9/28)

Carla Harryman and George Tysh kick off the evidence series in Ferndale on September 28.
                new writing in the metro
                        Saturday, September 28, 8 pm
                             Carla Harryman: M–/W– launch
                             George Tysh
                                    407 West Marshall, Ferndale 48220
*For info on Carla Harryman’s  M–/W–  visit  http://splitleveltexts.com/texts/w-m    

Upcoming: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation (9/27)

Please join us for  an evening of poetry and conversation with:





Friday September 27


@ Rob Halpern and Lee Azus’s home:

319 Garland Street in Ypislanti


Gathering begins 7:00. Readings begin at 7:30.

Beer & Wine & Partners, all welcome!


Bios and Links:

Catherine Wagner’s collections of poems include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and three previous books from Fence. Her work appears in the recent edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and other anthologies. She teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Miami University and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her son.

Recent work by Catherine can be found here:



Brenna York resides within the Peabody Manor in Oxford, Ohio. She released Mr. Ivy, a chapbook with Plumberries Press, this past June at the Midwest Press Festival in Milwaukee. Brenna is a graduate of EMU’s Creative Writing Program.

A performance of “Twat-lite”, a collaboration between Brenna York and Elizabeth Mikesch, can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/user14622738


Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists Books) and the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), and the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook/Ardis). He is one of the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series. He is a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College; in Fall 2013 he is Visiting Writer at Long Island University’s MFA in Creative Writing.

Recent work by Matvei can be found here: http://bombsite.com/issues/119/articles/6447

[excerpts from the long poem “Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt” and a film based on the same poem made in collaboration with Jeanne Liotta]


Kaplan Harris is an editor & scholar. He has forthcoming essays in the Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry & an exhibition catalog on the clairvoyant conceptualist Hannah Weiner. He lives with his daughter in Buffalo, NY.

Recent work by Kaplan can be found at:.

“The 2013 Buffalo Small Press Fair,” Harriet Open Door Series (May 2013).

“Avant-Garde Interrupted: A New Narrative after AIDS.” Contemporary Literature 52.4 (winter 2011).

“A Zine Ecology of Charles Bernstein’s Selected Poems,” Postmodern Culture 20.3 (May 2010).

Interview for “Into the Field #5” (podcast series), hosted by Steve McLaughlin, Jacket2 (June 2011)

The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Edited by Kaplan Harris, Rod Smith and Peter Baker. University of California Press.



Orientation for New Graduate Students

Orientation for new graduate students in the Creative Writing program is happening Friday, Sept. 20 at 5:30 pm. in rm. 202 Pray-Harrold. Session runs from 5:30 pm. – 7 pm. If you’re new, attendance is required.

This will be an opportunity to receive information to help you get oriented, answer your questions, and introduce you to your grad program advisor (if you haven’t already had that chance).

Questions? Email Christine Neufeld (cneufeld@emich.edu).

CRTW Graduate Showcase

CRTW Graduate Showcase 2013It excites the Creative Writing blog to announce the Creative Writing Graduate Showcase on Thursday, April 18th from six until eight in the evening. This blessed event will be hosted in the Carillon Room in the Halle Library on EMU‘s campus. The graduate performances promise to “blow down doors and hurl windows from the highest of towers.” Those performing include Nicholas “Mr. Electric Ocean” Mourning, Arthur “Ace” Challenger Oemke, and the articulated semtex-man Gerard Breitenbeck. Each will be performing an aspect of their Creative Masters Thesis projects. Mourning’s work is a an ethnographic mapping that bisects poetics and the electric self. Oemke’s can best be referred to as debauched fiction that attempts to undermine the authority of the sensorium. Capping the event, Breitenbeck will showcase new forms which break stale narrative sculptures and blast through our rectangular age with a re-percussive return to the early eighties.




Student group CARPE DIEM COLLABORATORS is helping to fight student social fatigue by stashing First Aid Books across EMU’s campus which encourage students to get involved. If you find yourself lacking engagement, you’ve only your self to blame.

Their unique presentation of a collaged work includes statistics, images, and a slew of motivational slogans. In addition to providing information to students in a non-standard format the Hear This book also serves to highlight student organizations like SEUSS, the parking escort service, the LGBT community and points to resources like the Smith Health Center, among others. I encourage you to check out their work. It is a hopeful sign that redistributes information through channels that are less likely to be looked over. How many times have we passed kiosks plastered with benign advertisements? The Hear This first aid kit is a wonderful repackaging of information available across campus.

A series of Reviews by Nicholas Hohman

October 18, 2012:

Collaboration Panel

When I did research papers in middle school, before the internet was the first place anyone went to for information, I remember pulling heavy encyclopedias and informative books that had several volumes in the series. When citing them there would always be several authors, which made sense because there was lot of information to be organized in these books. I never really gave how the informative tomes had come into existence until I attended a lecture about collaboration.

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Taylor Cyr Reviews November 2012 Bathhouse Events

I’m sitting in the scratchy auditorium chair, flipping through my phone. I got here early because I hate crowds and I wanted to get a seat close to the end so I can make a quick get away once this is over. I know, I know -I’m a terrible person. These Bathhouse events are for the students. And as a creative writing minor, I should be interested. I should be attentive. But the fact is I just got done with a long day of class and the only thing I’m thinking about is how early do I need to go to bed to get up in the morning without wanting to shove a fork in my eye?

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