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ML Liebler | River Gallery

ML Liebler is an internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer, and he is the author of 13 books, including the award-winning Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream. Liebler has taught English, American Studies, Labor Studies, Canadian Studies and World Literature at Wayne State University since 1980.

Zilka Joseph | Just Imagine Bookstore

Zilka Joseph is Program Manager for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. Her poetry won her a Hopwood Award and a Pushcart nomination. Her chapbook, Lands I Live In, was nominated for a PEN America: Beyond Margins Award. She teaches in Ann Arbor and in Kolkata, India, has published widely in journals and her chapbook What Dread is forthcoming this summer.

Bonnie Jo Campbell | Just Imagine Bookstore

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Once Upon a River. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories, American Salvage. Campbell is also the author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals.

Scott Beal | River Gallery

Scott Beal’s poems have appeared recently in Indiana Review, Dunes Review, The Legendary, and with Rachel McKibbens and Aracelis Girmay in Jangle the Threads. He earned his MFA in 1996 from the University of Michigan. Scott teaches poetry and fiction at the Neutral Zone teen center in Ann Arbor and 826michigan, and serves as Dzanc Writer-in-Residence at Ann Arbor Open School.

Jeff Kass | River Gallery

Jeff Kass teaches Creative Writing at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor and at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and is the Literary Arts Director at the Neutral Zone teen center in Ann Arbor. He is the author of the chapbook poetry collection Invisible Staircase, the essay collection From the Front of the Room about teaching, and the short story collection Knuckleheads from Dzanc Books.

Keith Taylor | Chelsea District Library

Poet and writer Keith Taylor coordinates the undergraduate program in creative writing at the University of Michigan and directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference. His work has appeared in such publications as Story, The Los Angeles Times, Alternative Press, The Southern Review and the Chicago Tribune. His next collection of poems, Marginalia for a Natural History, will be published in 2011 along with Ghost Writers, a collection of ghost stories co-edited with Laura Kasischke.

Laura Kasischke | Chelsea District Library

Laura Kasischke, critically-acclaimed novelist and poet has penned eight volumes of poetry and seven novels. Winner of numerous awards, Laura has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Two of Laura’s novels have spawned major motion pictures. Laura’s latest novel The Raising was published this year along with a new collection of poems, Space, in Chains.

Nancy Seligmann | Chelsea District Library

Nancy Seligmann is the author of two creative nonfiction books: Homesteading in the City and My Dear Helen. She is a professor of English and the chair of the English department at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She resides in Chelsea with her husband, Dale Schumann.

Stephen Rogers | Chelsea District Library

Stephen Rogers is a writer and memoirist and a decorated veteran of World War II. His book “Interlude at St. Die” is a work of fiction based on his experiences serving in France.

Thomas Lynch | The River Gallery

Thomas Lynch is the author of three collections of poems and three books of essays. A book of stories, Apparations & Late Fictions will be published in 2010. Lynch’s essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, the New York Times and Times of London, the New Yorker and Paris Review and elsewhere.

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