Panel: Angela Jackson-Brown, Cole Nagamatsu, Shana Youngdahl & Lara Stapleton

Monday, April 4th 5-6 PM CST


Character-Driven Worlds: 


Characters are essential to creative writing, and when rendered well, become beloved (or despised!) by readers. Novelists labor over how to best bring characters to life. Poets debate the extent to which character and character development play a role in the poem or in the collection. Non-fiction writers are left perplexed when the “self” on the page becomes a character separate and distinct from themself. 



Workshop: Lara Stapleton, Fiction

Tuesday, April 5th 12-1:30pm CST

Lara Stapleton is interested in sharing the process of structuring both novels and short stories. This workshop will run for 1-2 hours and will be prioritized for MA, MFA and PhD Candidates at SIUC.


Panel: Emily Rose Cole, Drew Hemmert, Éireann Lorsung

Tuesday, April 5⋅7:30 – 8:30pm CST

The Writer’s Life: Publishing At Present:

Navigating the publishing industry is difficult, throw in the global pandemic and many writers are left at a loss. Poets, Emily Rose Cole,  Éireann Lorsung, and Andrew Hemmert, have all had books published between 2020 and the present. We invite you to ask their counsel on how to navigate creating and publishing work, as well as hear their experiences of releasing books during pandemic times.


Panel: Jennifer Givhan, Lily Hoang, Phil Kaye, Donald Quist

Wednesday, April 6⋅5:00 – 6:00pm CST


The Personal “Truth” in Writing: 


Writers are told to write what you know. Sometimes that means telling the literal truth: the story exactly as it happened. Other times it might mean fudging some details in order to tell the emotional truth. More often than not, these truths blend together. Is there such a thing as “the” truth? How do we as writers honor that? How do we tell the truth about others? 


Workshop: Éireann Lorsung, Creative Nonfiction

Thursday, April 7⋅3:00 – 4:30pm CST

The Great Piece of Turf and the Angel of Mourning


Here we are. Among the flooded fields. The return of photosynthesis to the landscape. The dandelions growing newly from a crack in the sidewalk. The fact of catastrophic climate change happening even as we sit here. The sound of water in the gutter at night. This moment is no less precious than any other, and no more retrievable. Light, air, water, and the pattern of time. How do we tell it? What can we make of it?


In this workshop we will take Albrecht Dürer's THE GREAT PIECE OF TURF as the basis for thinking about attention, being-in-place, things close at hand, the passage of time, and the local and nonlocal beings who accompany us. Beginning by reading his image closely, we will then move out into our own nearest landscapes to attend to the plantings, patterns, movements, and possibilities there.


The workshop will include lecture, discussion, and observational practice exercises.


Reading: Emily Rose Cole & Andrew Hemmert

Thursday, April 7⋅7:00 – 8:30pm CST

Emily Rose Cole is an Alumni of SIUC's Poetry program and the author of Love & a Loaded Gun Chapbook (2017) and Thunderhead Poems (2022). 

Andrew Hemmert is an Alumni of SIUC's Poetry program and the author of Sawgrass Sky Poems (2021)

You can find the full bio's on our Meet the Writers page.


Open Mic

Friday, April 8⋅7:30 – 8:30pm CST

Join us for a final open mic night hosted by The Graduate Writers Forum and Canned Reads. Anyone can read or share, email if you would like to sign up. Even if you aren't interested in sharing your work but want to experience the work of those participating, register through this link:

Reading: Lily Hoang & Phil Kaye

Monday, April 4th 7-8:30 PM CST

Lily Hoang is the author of Changing Novel (2008), Parabola: A Novel in 21 Intersections (2008), The Evolution Revolution (2010), A Bestiary Essays (2016)

Phil Kaye is the author of Date & Time Poems (2018)

You can find the full bio's on our Meet the Writers page.


Reading: Donald Quist & Éireann Lorsung

Tuesday, April 5th 5-6:30pm CST

 Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music for Landing Planes By Poems (2007), Her Book Poems (2013), The Century (2021).

Donald Quist is the author of To Those Bounded Essays (2021),  For Other Ghosts Essays (2018).

You can find the full bio's on our Meet the Writers page.



Workshop: Jennifer Givhan, Poetry

Wednesday, April 6⋅12:00 – 1:30pm CST

Jennifer Givhan 's workshop will be centralized on staying tenacious, not giving up, being empowered by rejection, how submissions are numbers game & to keep revising. She will share her stories of ultimate publication after countless rejections and will also speak to experiences of Latinx and marginalized writers telling stories that don't fit into mainstream or stereotypical categories + genre blurring.


Reading: Angela Jackson-Brown
& Cole Nagamatsu

Wednesday, April 6⋅7:00 – 8:30pm CST

Cole Nagamatsu is an Alumni of SIUC's Fiction Program and also the author of We Were Restless Things (2021).

Angela Jackson-Brown is the author of House Repairs Poems (2018),

When Stars Rain Down (2021), and the forthcoming The Light Always Breaks 

You can find the full bio's on our Meet the Writers page.


Performance: An Archaeology

Thursday, April 7⋅5:00 – 6:30pm CST


Ragpicker walks along the curb looking for what's collected in the gutter. Walks along the shore putting fragments of crockery in a pocket. The Angel of History sees the landscape as we see the landscape but beyond our scope: imagine seeing a landscape that extends in time as much as in space, where 1917, 1942, 2016 and points between are visible like the low plains near the sea, the hills reforesting after the worst of the shelling. There Is No Such Thing As Society is a public lie lived out in private and in public life, and a question: for whom? And who benefits? Moving through the society that lie tries to make invisible, the Migrator brings a doubled knowledge of the world and the testimony to the violence a border does to human bodies and relations. Cartographer measures land in time and space, change of season, flux of water, desertification, movement of species, and disappearance of them. The News Report will tell you for certain what is going on, or redirect your gaze just in time. 


The world is there. We are here. Then passes through now. Our lives disintegrate into pieces that cannot quite be collected. What we leave behind piles up after us. There is such a thing as society, there is more to be seen than the news, the rags we carry take the shape of a baby, we pass through border stations unnoticed, the map is not the territory, the angel of history is awake for the nuclear dawn.

"An archaeology" is a performance about migration, fragmentation, the end of the world and the beginning of the world. Six writers and artists present five short texts and one multivocal performance choreographed, costumed, and produced for Zoom: Laressa Dickey, Nina MacLaughlin, Andrea Blancas Beltran, Wah-Ming Chang, Arlene Kim, and Éireann Lorsung. Running time is approximately 60 minutes.


Reading: Jennifer Givhan, Lara Stapleton, Shana Youngdahl

Friday, April 8⋅5:00 – 7:00 pm CST


Lara Stapleton is the author of The Ruin of Everything (2021), The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (1998) & also the co-editor of two anthologies.

Jennifer Givhan is the author of Jubilee (2020), Trinity Sight (2019), Rosa’s Einstein Poems (2019),  Girl with Death Mask Poems (2018), Protection Spell Poems (2017)

Landscape with Headless Mama Poems (2016) She is also the author of two chapbooks and a book of prompts. 

Shana Youngdahl is the author of As Many Nows as I Can Get YA (2019), History, Advice, and Other Half-Truths (2013). 


You can find the full bio's on our Meet the Writers page.



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