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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English

Jeanine Cummins, bestelling crime novelist, will be on campus Monday, February 2, 2015 for a reading and master class. .

Lake Superior State University Visiting Writer Series

The Department of English at Lake Superior State University created the new Visiting Writer Series to bring highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU’s expanding Creative Writing Program and bring together the community and college in a shared literary experience.  Attendees have the opportunity to hear writers read their work, answer questions about their writing process, and sign books. Check back soon for more information about future visiting writers, as we plan and schedule their visits for this and future semesters. These programs are free to students of all majors, as well as community members, and everyone is invited to attend!

Jeanine Cummins, Monday, February 2, 2015

Reading 7-9pm in the Crow's Nest

Master Class 2pm in the Crow's Nest

National bestselling and highly acclaimed author Jeanine Cummins will be coming to Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 2, 2015, for a master class, reading of her work, and reception. Cummins' book, A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath, published in 2004, recounts a horrific violent crime that happened to her family, which made national news. People Magazine called it “a straightforward, expertly paced narrative that reads like a novel.”  Kirkus Reviews called it a “stringent commentary on our society’s fascination with killers, who in media coverage often overshadow their victims.  Cummins’s memoir does a good job of retrieving the lives of Julie and Robin from that obscurity.” Her first novel, The Outside Boy, a story about the Pavee gypsies in 1959 Ireland, was an Indie Next Pick and Booklist Editor's Choice Awardwinner. Sherman Alexie called it the story of "a strange and vanishing and gorgeous way of life. It's an adventure, and yes, a eulogy, but it's also a full-throated song of praise." Her second novel, The Crooked Branch, is set both in Ireland during the potato famine and modern-day Brooklyn, and was featured on NPR's The Story. Booklist called this story of two mothers "a deeply satisfying combination of sweeping historical saga and modern family drama."

Previous Visiting Writers

Kim Addonizio, Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kim Addonizio, "one of our nation's most provocative and edgy poets," who is also a novelist, blues harmonica player, and Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, visited LSSU on Thursday, October 2 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Addonizio and her work here.

Jim Northrup, Monday, February 3, 2014

Jim Northrup, the award-winning Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist, and novelist from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota, visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 3, 2014 to present a reading and master class. Read more about Northrup and his work here.

Neil O’Boyle Connelly, October 4th, 2013

Neil O'Boyle Connelly, the author of two highly-acclaimed young adult novels and two literary novels, whose work Entertainment Weekly has called "both comic and chilling," visited Lake Superior State University on Friday, October 4, 2013, to present a fiction reading and master class.

Helen Frost, February 11, 2013

Helen Frost, the award-winning author of seven novels-in-poems, whose writing has been said to “feel like wisps of thought rising, drifting, and weaving a dance,” visited Lake Superior State University on Monday, February 11, 2013 to present a poetry reading and master class. 

Nikki Finney, October 4, 2012

Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry for Head Off & Split, and known as one of the most eloquent, fearless and necessary poets in America, visited Lake Superior State University on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, to present a reading and master class. Read more here.

Jaimy Gordon, February 20, 2012

Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award, discussed her novel Lord of Misrule at LSSU on Feb 20, 2012. Gordon was inaugural speaker for our new Visiting Writer Series, which brings highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to the campus to raise awareness of LSSU's expanding creative writing program and to serve as an outreach for the community.


Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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