Master of Arts Showcase Announced

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Four | Not Square | A Literary Reading and Virtual Graduate Student Showcase

will take place on Zoom on Thursday April 22, 7-9 pm

Email to receive the link for the Showcase by 11:59 pm on 4/21/21 if at all possible. Late responses may not be received in time for the event, however every effort will be made to admit all who wish to attend.

Ciara Garrett is a poet, fiction writer and playwright. An excerpt from her script Places Yet Unturned will be first on the program.

Pamela Mohar is a creative non-fiction writer and poet. A selection from libretto, a guide will be performed at the Showcase.

John Ballard Pecora’s Memoir/Prose piece Book of Mom will be shared next. The image of the sunflowers represents a favorite painting of John’s mother, to whom the piece is dedicated.

Christina-Marie Sears’s Chapter One from subLIMINAL will finish the Showcase program. This is a speculative manuscript which she hopes will grow up into a novel in the near future.

At the end of the readings, we invite comments, questions and general merry-making from attendees. Opportunities to interact with the artists, in true BathHouse Events fashion, will close this Showcase event.

See you at the Reading!

Announcing Oana Avasilichioaei BathHouse Guest Artist

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The Creative Writing Faculty is very pleased to invite students, faculty and interested parties
to our Winter BathHouse Event which will feature poet, sound artist, and
translator Oana Avasilichioaei on February 10 and 11.

Of special note is her premiere of  a live (zoomed-in!)  sound performance on February
11 at 3:40 pm.

For information about attending this event and her
discussion of her most recent book, Eight Track,  please consult this image.

About Oana

Oana Avasilichioaei’s  multidisciplinary art practice interweave’s
poetry, translation, photographic and moving image, sound, and
performance. Her most recent book Eight Track is described as “a
transliterary exploration of traces; sound recordings, surveillance
cameras, desert geoglyphs, drone operators, refugee interviews, animal
imprints, and audio signals [that] manifest moments of inspired wonder
and systems of power.”  She lives in Montreal, where she has
translated the work of several Quebecois poets.  For more information
about her books, sound works, performances, and translations please
follow this link: https://www.oanalab.com/

Oana Avasilichioaei
Courtesy of oanalab.com, we are proud to present our Winter 2021 Guest Artist.

November 12 Join us at Poet Rachel Levitsky’s Reading

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Tomorrow at 11:00 am, the Poet Rachel Levitsky will be giving a reading and talk in Professor Carla Harryman’s Creative Writing class.

Places are still available for guests to enjoy this reading via Zoom. Email Prof. Harryman to register and request a link to the event.

Undergraduate Capstone Showcase will be April 21st

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This year’s Capstone Showcase will be presented virtually. Writers will be featured on the blog and on the BathHouse Events Facebook page. The event will be “going live” on April 21st, with each writer sharing a selection from his/her/their work.

We look forward to sharing the outstanding creative work our graduating writers with you.

Capstone Poster

In the wake of COVID-19, our April 9th Reading is Cancelled

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Sadly, this amazing opportunity, a reading with Kiese Laymon and Aisha Sabatini Sloan, will not be able to happen this spring. However, we at BathHouse and the Creative Writing Faculty at EMU hope you will be able to enjoy their work from a safe social distance.

Please enjoy the biographies and support the work of our visiting writers.
Books are available from all fine booksellers.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Kiese Laymon 

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of the novel, Long Division; the collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America; and Heavy: An American Memoir, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal.
Visit Kiese Laymon’s website for upcoming events.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Sloan’s first book of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and won the CLMP Firecracker award for nonfiction. She is the Helen Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan. In 2020, she received an  NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing. Visit Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s website for more.

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Winter Fiction Reading

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We are counting down to our February 12th event. We hope you will join us at our first reading of the year, which will feature Hilary Plum and Susan Steinberg on Wednesday 2.12.2020. The event will take place from 2-4 pm at 100 Strong Hall, in the recently renovated auditorium.

Plum and Steinberg’s recent books will be available for sale at the reading. Additionally there will be time for Discussion between the audience and authors, as well as an opportunity for book-signings.

About Hilary Plum
(American Author) Biography: Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016), winner of the 2018 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award; and her first novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, history, and politics. She teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program and is associate director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. With co-editor Zach Savich she edits the Open Prose Series at Rescue Press. Recent work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Full Stop, Poetry Northwest, West Branch, Oversound, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere.


About Susan Steinberg 

(American Author) Biography: Susan Steinberg iis the author of MachineSpectacleHydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, The Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, and other literary magazines. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Recap: 2nd Fall 2017 BathHouse Event featuring Joanna Ruocco

Thank you to all of those in attendance at our 2nd Fall 2017 BathHouse event featuring Joanna Ruocco and a special thank you to all of those who participated in the discussion following her reading.  Pictures from the event are posted below. Keep in mind that we are still accepting submissions for reviews.

POETRY AT LITERATI: DONALD DUNBAR, CHRISTINE HUME, BECKY WIN

Our very own creative writing professor Christine Hume will be reading at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm, alongside two poets, Donald Dunbar and Becky Win. Literati Bookstore is located at 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Christine Hume is the author of The Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019), a lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, as well as three books of poetry. Her chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012), Atalanta: an Anatomy (Essay Press, 2016), and a collaboration with Jeff Clark, Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca, 2017). She teaches in the interdisciplinary creative writing program at Eastern Michigan University.

Question Like A Face, by Christine Hume and Jeff Clark, is the second in an ITI Press series of pocket-sized, hard-bound, image-text collaborations between a writer and a visual artist. In powerful prose, Christine Hume looks at gender violence and complicity within the intimate and immediate interiors of a small city in Michigan. Like any tale of power, this one begins with the careless dismissal of a whole life.

Compelled by the constantly defaced and reappearing face of a young black woman shot by a white cop, whose image is affixed to walls around her community, Hume summons her visage as a call to outrage against her own complacency and against the silence surrounding our culture’s unending violence against women, especially women of color. She writes, I am living in a city that proliferates a question like a face. Her face appears and disappears on civic surfaces, her face replaces a blank space; her face replaces the city, piece by piece, claiming it, because her face is half hidden, in the half-light of waiting, half blowing in the wind, half stuck to the present, near a house where my family lives, where a young girl can look at it and think “not me.” A sequence of domestic photographs from police evidence files–hauntingly selected and cropped by Clark, punctuate Hume’s accounts with their simple, familiar violence.

About Shot: In alternating currents of prose and verse, SHOT reaches beyond the tradition of the nocturne to illuminate contradictory impulses and intensities of night. SHOT inhabits the sinister, visionary, intimate, haunted, erotic capacities to see and hear things at night, in the fertile void containing our own psychological and physical darkness. Via Levinas who locates self-knowledge and ethical contract in insomnia, this darkness is one “stuck full of eyes.” Here the insomniac falls into a Beckettian pattern of waiting, in an inextricable dialogue with a selfhood that cannot settle down. In a perpetual play between empirical and abstract knowledge, tantrum and meditation, SHOT creates torque that drives beyond material experience.

Please click this link for more details. http://www.literatibookstore.com/event/poetry-literati-donald-dunbar-christine-hume-becky-win