MT. PLEASANT — Art Reach of Mid Michigan is host to the Wellspring Literary Series, a monthly forum where established poets and authors read their works along with Central Michigan University students and community members. The series will continue with author Fleda Brown at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Art Reach on Broadway. Also featured will be poet and CMU Professor of Flute, Joanna White, with music provided by Joe Hertler.
Brown, this month’s artist, has a new collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy, forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2013. Her most recent book, a memoir, is Driving With Dvořák (2010, University of Nebraska Press). Also in 2010, she donated Loon Cry, a New and Selected collection of Michigan poems, to the Watershed Center, a non-profit organization. The author of six previous collections of poems, she has won the Felix Pollak Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and her work has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she taught for 27 years and directed the Poets in the Schools program. She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She now lives in Traverse City and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, WA.
The Wellspring Literary Series is a partnership between Art Reach and the English Department at CMU and hosted by CMU Assistant Professor of English, Robert Fanning. Each forum features an established regional poet or author who reads from their works. Featured students are also invited to read from their works-in-progress.
All readings are free and open to the public and take place at Art Reach on Broadway, located at 111 E. Broadway St. in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Readings are generally held on the second Monday of every month, except in the case of holidays or scheduling conflicts. Refreshments are served and live music is also featured. For more information, call Art Reach at (989) 773-3689.