Upcoming Visiting Writers:
Friday February 7th, Murie Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, and a fellowship from the NEA. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English department at Colorado State University.
David Dodd Lee and Louise Mathias
Friday March 7th, 7:00 p.m., Wood Center
David Dodd Lee has published seven previous full-length books of poems, including Orphan, Indiana (Akron, 2010), The Nervous Filaments (Four Way Books, 2010), Abrupt Rural (New Issues, 2004) and Downsides of Fish Culture (New Issues, 19979). Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere, The Ashbery Erasure Poems (BlazeVox, 2010) appeared as well in 2010. His newest book, The Coldest Winter On Earth, Poems 1998-2011, appeared in 2012 from Marick Press. His eighth book, Animalities, will be published by Four Way Books in 2014. Lee now lives and fishes just south of the Michigan border, on a river in northern Indiana, where he is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University South Bend.
Louise Mathias was born in Bedford, England, and grew up in a small village in Suffolk, England, and later, Los Angeles. She was educated at public schools and received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Her first book, Lark Apprentice, won the 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Brenda Hillman, and was published in 2004 by New Issues Press. A chapbook, Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, was selected by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook contest, and was published in 2010. Her new book, The Traps, was released in 2013 from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Epoch, Octopus, The Journal, The Offending Adam, Green Mountains Review, Slope, Verse Daily, and many others. She splits her time between Joshua Tree, California and Northern Indiana. For a living, she works as a consultant in the federal grants and health policy fields.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Friday April 4th, 7:00 p.m., Wood Center
Luis Alberto Urrrea is a prolific and award-winning writer. He is a master of laanguage and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis grew up in San Diego, California. Like so many great writers, Luis got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high school. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being especially musically gifted Luis chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. A fanatical hunger for reading pushed him over the edge at the age of 13, "I just had to do what my heroes were doing" he has said.
As a young man Luis served as a relief workler amongst people living in the Tijuana garbage dumps prior to receiving a teaching Fellowship to Harvard University. "The border" has defined his life and colored much of his writing. Regarding this point he once said "the border is simply a metaphor that makes it easier for me to write about the things that separate people all over the world, even when they think there is no fence."