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Two poets conclude fall Frostic Reading Series

Nov. 25, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Poets Lisa Fishman and Daneen Wardrop, both graduates of Western Michigan University, will read from their works at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in WMU’s Little Theatre. The program concludes the fall schedule of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series and is open to the public free of charge.

The two authors have multiple connections to WMU. Wardrop is a professor of English at the University, and Fishman’s first book of poetry was published by WMU’s New Issues Press in 1998.

Lisa Fishman is the author of three books of poetry, “The Happiness Experiment,” “Dear, Read,” and “The Deep Heart’s Core is a Suitcase.” She has also written a chapbook, “KabbaLoom.”

Fishman lives in Chicago, where she is a professor of English and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts and undergraduate poetry program of Columbia College. She also helps manage summer residencies for poets at an organic farm in southern Wisconsin. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in poetry at WMU and is in a doctoral program in English and American literature at the University of Utah.

Daneen Wardrop’s poetry has appeared in Seneca Review, TriQuarterly, Southern Review, and other magazines. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America Robert H.Winner Award and is the author of one poetry collection, “The Odds of Being,” and two books of literary criticism, including “Emily Dickinson’s Gothic.”

Wardrop resides in Kalamazoo. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from WMU and a doctorate in American literature and poetry from the University of Virginia. Wardrop joined the WMU English faculty in 1990 and teaches classes in American literature and poetry.

Fall 2008 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Thursday, Sept. 25, novelist Don Lee
Thursday, Oct. 9, poet Steve Orlen
Tuesday, Oct. 21, novelists Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Salvatore Scibona
Tuesday, Oct. 28, novelist Arnost Lustig
Thursday, Nov. 13, playwright Erik Ramsey
Thursday, Dec. 11, poets Lisa Fishman and Daneen Wardrop

All readings are at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information, contact Michael Davis at michael.j.davis@wmich.edu. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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