would be honored if you would join us for the Gwen Frostic Reading
Series. The first reading of the series features novelist Kevin Fenton
and poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths. It will be held Thursday, February 2nd
at 8:00 p.m. in WMU's Bernhard Center, rooms 157 & 159.
reading series usually draws a large crowd, so we encourage you to
arrive early. The reading is free, and last approximately 45 minutes.
Books will be available to purchase, and the authors will be happy to
sign their works.
Hope you can join us!
Kevin Fenton's first novel, Merit Badges (New Issues), won the AWP Prize for the Novel. Publishers Weekly
writes, "An impressive vitality, droll wit, and affecting nostalgia
lift Fenton's first novel." His fiction has appeared in the Northwest Review, the Laurel Review, and the Emprise Review. His writing on graphic design has been anthologized in Looking Closer 2 and Emigre No. 70: The Look Back Issue.
He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of
Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He
lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota and works as an advertising writer and
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of Mule & Pear (New Issues), Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books) and The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press).
Reviewer Roxane Gay (The Rumpus)
writes, "Griffiths tackled sex(uality), slavery, the strength of
women, the mark of history, and the power of language, in fierce poems
that were so memorable I return to them over and over."
Canem Fellow, she is the recipient of fellowships from Provincetown
Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer
Writers Institute, the Cave Canem Foundation and others. A photographer
and painter, her visual work has been published widely in both
national and international magazines and journals. She teaches at Sarah
Lawrence College and lives in New York.
February Art Hop at Fire, featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Mule & Pear
Griffiths will also read her poetry on Friday, February 3rd
at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, 1249 Portage Rd.,
where her artwork will be on display as part of Kalamazoo's February