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Jim Northrup, highly acclaimed Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist, and novelist, will visit LSSU on Monday, February 3, 2014

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.

Jim Northrup, Monday, February 3, 2014

Afternoon, Master Class, LSSU campus

7-9 pm,  Formal Reading and Reception:  Crow's Nest, Cisler Center, LSSU Campus

Jim Northrup is an Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist, and novelist from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota. He is the author of the autobiographical books Walking the Rez Road , which was awarded a Minnesota Book Award and a Northeast Minnesota Book Award, Rez Road Follies, and the soon-to-be-released Rez Salute. He has also written two books of poetry: Three more: poems and Days of Obsidian, Days of Grace. Northrup's regular newspaper column, the “Fond du Lac Follies,” is syndicated through several Native American papers, including The CircleThe Native American Press and News from Indian Country and has won many awards including the Native American Journalists Association award for Best Column. Northrup has been a roster artist for the COMPAS Writer in the Schools Program, a Mentor in the Loft Inroads Program, a Judge for the Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series and The Jerome Fellowship, and a Member of the Minnesota State Arts Board Prose Panel. Northrup also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, and BBC-Scotland. Northrup recently received the 2012 George Morrison Artist Award to recognize his significant contributions to the arts.

Previous Visiting Writers

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

A capacity crowd in Lake Superior State University's Crow's Nest recently listened to Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award, discuss her novel Lord of Misrule 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. 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!


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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