Fiction Writer Monica McFawn to Read 10/9

McFawn1On Thursday, October 9, 2014, Monica McFawn will be reading in the Marquette/Nicolet rooms of NMU’s University Center (UC), at 8 pm.

​Monica McFawn lives in Michigan and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University. Her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Web Conjunctions, Missouri Review and others. She is also the author of a hybrid chapbook, “A Catalogue of Rare Movements” and her plays and screenplays have had readings in Chicago and New York.​

Poet Michael Madonick to Give Sept. 9 Reading

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Michael Madonick will be reading in the Marquette/Nicolet rooms of NMU’s University Center (UC), at 7:30pm.


Michael David Madonick is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois. He was born and raised in New York City and did his undergraduate work at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida receiving a BA in English, 1972, and an MBA, 1974. After several years in commercial real estate development he returned to college and received his MFA, 1981, in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. He taught creative writing from 1981-83 at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Following several more years in the real estate business in New Jersey, he and his wife and their three children moved to Illinois in 1990.

Madonick is a recipient of the Academy of American Poet’s Prize, the New Jersey Council on the Arts “Distinguished Artist” Award, an Illinois Arts Council Grant and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for work that appeared in Accent magazine. He has an extensive publication record that includes such literary journals as Barrow Street, Boulevard, American Literary Review, New England Review, Epoch, Chicago Review, Southern Humanities Review, Cimarron Review, Tar River Review, Florida Review, New Ohio Review (/nor), Iron Horse and many others. He is the Poetry Editor of Ninth Letter, the University of Illinois literary journal. His first collection of poetry, Waking The Deaf Dog, was published by Avocet Press in New York in 2000. His second book, Bulrushes, was published by The Backwaters Press in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2013.

MFA Thesis Celebration, April 25

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This year’s graduating MFA students will share excerpts from their final theses on Friday, April 25, 7pm, at the Women’s Federated Cub House at 1104 W Ridge Street in Marquette. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Fiction writer Joseph Bates plans visit to NMU

10169449_10101609737040938_2670862495154560543_nThe Visiting Writers Series is excited to host fiction writer Joseph Bates this Thursday, April 17, at 7pm in the University Center.

Joseph Bates is the author of TOMORROWLAND: STORIES (Curbside Splendor 2013) and THE NIGHTTIME NOVELIST (Writer’s Digest 2010). His short fiction has appeared in such journals as The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Identity Theory, South Carolina Review, Fresh Boiled Peanuts, and InDigest Magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


“The world is going to end, and lucky for us Joseph Bates’s amazing Tomorrowland is here to let us know what we should do to prepare: in this collection, people dress up as Elvis, go to fantasy baseball camp, send twelve-stepping questionnaires to their exes – all fantastic solutions to unsolvable problems. This book lets us know that the end is coming, and that it’s all our fault, because we are small, but Tomorrowland itself is not small: it is a large-hearted, brilliant, hilarious, somehow redemptive look at how we don’t deserve redemption but will take it anyway if it comes our way, which it probably won’t. But even if it doesn’t, at least we have this book, which I love. You will, too.”

– Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonists’ Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

Graduating MA Candidate Thesis Reading & Celebration


Join us Friday, April 11, from 6-9 in the University Center’s Brule Room, for selected readings from this year’s graduating MA candidates. Michael Flores, Geoff Gimse, Genean Granger, Susan Hornbogen, Nicole Koroch and Joy Weitzel will read from their theses. All are welcome to annual celebration and refreshments will be served.