SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Four Lake Superior State University English and creative writing professors will be reading their poetry and prose in various Upper Peninsula locations this summer as part of the U.P. Book Tour 2012.
The tour features writers from Michigan and the Midwest who write about Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. As part of the tour, 20 authors will be visiting libraries, book stores, community colleges, community centers and other places in at least 15 rural communities throughout the U.P. between June 19 and July 7. Presentations are free and open to the public.
The tour is making three stops with 10 authors at Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, and 1 p.m. on June 29 at the Pickford Community Library. LSSU Prof. Julie Barbour will host the June 30 gathering at Bayliss, which will include LSSU alumna Sue Harrison of Pickford, author of six books.
Farther west in the U.P., Prof. Mary McMyne will be appearing at Manistique School and Manistique Public Library from 1-3 p.m. on June 25. She will also be hosting an event at the Rock River Café, in Chatham, from 6-8 p.m. on June 27.
Prof. Janice Repka will be appearing at the Rock River Café, in Chatham, from 6-8 p.m. on June 27, and at the Tahquamenon Area Public School Library, in Newberry, from 1-3 p.m. on June 30. She will also host an event for other U.P. writers on June 25 at Manistique School and Public Library.
Prof. Julie Brooks Barbour will also be appearing at the Tahquamenon Area Public School Library from 1-3 p.m. on June 30, as well as hosting the June 30 gathering at Bayliss.
Prof. Eric Gadzinski will be appearing at Ojibwa Community College Gym, in Baraga, from 6-8 p.m. on July 2. He will also be appearing from 2-4 p.m. on July 5 at the Portage Lake District Library, Houghton, and later at the Ontonagon Township Library, from 7-9 p.m. He will host an event for other authors at the Hermansville Public Library from 3-4:30 p.m. on June 23.
McMyne teaches creative writing and fiction at LSSU and co-edits Border Crossing, the LSSU Creative Writing Program's journal of art and literature. She earned her master of fine arts degree in fiction from New York University, and a master's degree in English and creative writing from Louisiana State University, where she studied literature, theory, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting.
McMyne is currently finishing two novels, one of which won the Faulkner Prize for a Novel in Progress in 2007. Her other honors include winning the Robert Olen Butler Short Story Award in 2001 and the Tony Bill Screenwriting Award in 2002 while at LSU. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography have been published in Double Dealer, New Delta Review, Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters and Life, The Nervous Breakdown, Country Roads, and Web del Sol.
Repka’s short stories and poetry have appeared in Potomac Review, The Louisiana Review, Writer’s Journal, and Antietam Review. She is the author of two novels, The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco, a Junior Library Selection and 2008 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Book, and The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius, both published by Dutton Children's Books. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at LSSU, and a founder of the LSSU Visiting Writer Reading Series. She has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University.
Barbour received her MFA from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is the recipient of a 2001 Artist Enrichment Grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her chapbook, Come to Me and Drink, was published by Finishing Line Press this year and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kestrel, Waccamaw, UCity Review, Migrations: Poetry and Prose for Life's Transitions, and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems. Her book reviews have appeared at The Rumpus and Barn Owl Review. She is co-editor of the journal Border Crossing.
Gadzinski has taught English at LSSU since 1995. One of the founders of LSSU's creative writing program and of the literary journal now called Border Crossing, he teaches creative writing and poetry. He holds a PhD in English from Temple University, where he wrote his dissertation on American soldier poetry of the Vietnam War. Aside from his academic research and publication in the poetry of war and modern American poetry generally, his own poetry has been published widely in a variety of online and print journals, and one of his poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006.
Gadzinski has been a regular workshop leader at the annual Creative Writing Festival held at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He is currently preparing a poetry collection for publication and is editing a collection of poems and stories by state prison inmates, following an 18-month workshop he was invited to conduct.
Before coming to LSSU, Gadzinski taught writing, developmental writing, and literature at Temple.
Sponsored through a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 2012 U.P. Book Tour is organized by Ron Riekki, an author, poet and playwright who is also working on a documentary of the tour.
For the full schedule of tour events and authors, go to U.P. Book Tour. All events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Shibley, 635-2314, email@example.com; Prof. Janice Repka, 635-2448, firstname.lastname@example.org; Prof. Julie Barbour, 635-2657, email@example.com