SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Jim Northrup, an Anishinaabe poet, performer, newspaper columnist and novelist who is nationally known for his “candor and wry humor,” will be visiting Lake Superior State University on Feb. 3 to present a public reading and master class.
The public is welcome during a reading and reception to be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Crow’s Nest in the LSSU Walker Cisler Center. The event will feature light hors d’oeuvres. Earlier in the day, Northrup will conduct a special master class at 2 p.m., also in the Crow’s Nest. The class is free and open to all aspiring writers. Registration is recommended via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A U.S. Marine veteran who writes candidly about his experiences in Vietnam, Northrup is recognized as “one of the premier literary voices of the American Indian and the Midwest writers' communities.” He is from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, where he and his family live the traditional life of the Anishinaabe. 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, along with Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets, and Rez Salute, and the soon-to-e-released Dirty Copper. 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 Circle, The Native American Press and News from Indian Country, and he has won many awards for it, 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. He also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, and BBC-Scotland. He recently received the 2012 George Morrison Artist Award to recognize his significant contributions to the arts.
This reading/reception and special master class are part of the “Continuing a Literary Dialogue in the Eastern Upper Peninsula” initiative at LSSU that has been made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These events are organized and sponsored by the LSSU Visiting Writer Series.
The LSSU Department of English created the 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 will have the opportunity to hear writers read their work, answer questions about their writing process, and sign books.
LSSU offers both an undergraduate major and minor concentration in creative writing. An intimate program with enthusiastic faculty, the creative writing program at LSSU encourages innovation and experimentation as students develop their voices. Students complete coursework in prose, poetry, and performance writing, and are given opportunities to get publishing experience before graduation. Learn more here. -LSSU-
CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, email@example.com; John Shibley, 635-2314, firstname.lastname@example.org; Prof. Janice Repka, 635-2448, email@example.com