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4/9/2014 12:01:00 AM
Mackinaw Area Public Library announces five author visits

The Mackinaw Area Public Library main branch in Mackinaw City is excited to announce that five Michigan authors will join them for an event on Monday, April 28 at 2 pm. Each novelist and/or poet will share a reading from one or more of their books, offer a brief Q&A session, and the audience will enjoy a bonus: a preview of an upcoming film by this tour's coordinator, Ron Riekki.

Headlining this tour is Gordon Henry. His first novel, "The Light People," won the prestigious American Book Award in 1995 and has recently been reissued from Michigan State University Press. Both poet and novelist, Henry is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota and a Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Michigan State University. Henry's poetry and fiction is anthologized in various collections, while he has also co-authored a middle-school text on the Ojibway and co-edited a collection of critical essays on American Indian Storytelling, Writing and Critique.

Jennifer Burd has had poetry published in numerous literary journals, as well as in the award-winning anthology "The Way North" (2014 Michigan Notable Book). Her full-length book of poems, "Body and Echo," was published in 2010. Burd holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and currently works as an editor and writer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Darrin Doyle is the author of the novels "The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo" and "Revenge of the Teacher's Pet: A Love Story." His short fiction has appeared recently in Pure Coincidence, Redivider, Toad, Blackbird, and Newfound Journal. He lives in Mount Pleasant and teaches at Central Michigan University.

Josie Kearns is an author and poet, her non-fiction work "Life After the Line," is based on the lives of laid off autoworkers in new careers, with poetry works "New Numbers" and "The Theory of Everything." She has won four Creative Artist Awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts, three Hopwood Awards, Cowden Fellowship, Fellowship to the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and others. She is currently a poetry editor for Third Wednesday magazine. Her work has been anthologized most recently, "Poetry in Michigan/ Michigan in Poetry," featuring 30 artists' work and 90 poets. She lives with her husband, the poet, Joe Matuzak, current Project Manager at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ron Riekki was born and raised in the U.P. and has graduate degrees in creative writing from Brandeis, Virginia, and Western Michigan, and a degree in religious studies from Central Michigan. He is the author of "U.P.: A Novel," several poetry chapbooks, and numerous plays. Riekki has also taken classes at Central Michigan, Charles (Prague), Québec à Chicoutimi, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, and Boston University. His writing and editing has won several awards and we will enjoy the first preview of a film he is producing. He edited "The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works," which was a 2013 Foreword Book of the Year finalist for the Anthologies category and received a 2014 Michigan Notable Book award.

Join us for the Michigan Author Tour at 528 W. Central Ave. in Mackinaw City from 2 pm - 3:30 pm on Monday, April 28. For more details, contact the library at 231-436-5451, mackinaw1@gmail.com or see http://www.mackinawareapl.michlibrary.org/

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