All readings take place on Monday, beginning at 7pm. Stay tuned to this website or The Wellspring Literary Series Facebook page for information about the upcoming readings. Click the writer’s name, where applicable, for more information about them.
Mark your calendar for this year’s series—it’s a terrific lineup!
2018-2019: Year Ten
October 1, 2018: Poet Marc Hudson (Student reader: Liz O’Donnell.) Music by Matteo Generani (Piano student, CMU).
Marc Hudson is a poet and nonfiction writer who taught for many years at Wabash College. He is a board member of the Friends of Sugar Creek, and likes to saunter in the woodlands nearby.He is at work on a book of essays on the ecological imagination. His books of poetry are Island (Jawbone Press), Afterlight (Univ. of Mass. Press, winner of the Juniper Prize), Journal for an Injured Son (Lockhart Press), and The Disappearing Poet Blues (Bucknell UP), and East of Sorrow (Red Mountain Press, 2017). His Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary was published in the U.K. by Wordsworth Editions. His poetry awards include an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the Strousse Award (Prairie Schooner), and the Allen Tate Poetry Prize (Sewanee Review). He lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, the writer and scholar Helen Mundy Hudson.
November 12, 2018: kim d. hunter (Student reader, Bella Baricklow) Music by Bob Lindahl (Professor of Trombone, CMU)
kim d. hunter is the author of the fiction collection The Official Report on Human Activity (Wayne State University Press 2018). hunter is a Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups. He co-directed the Woodward Line Poetry Series for 13 years which earned Knight Arts Challenge Detroit in 2013. His poems appear in 6×6 #35: they say triangle, Black Renaissance Noire, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Rainbow Darkness, Abandon Automobile, and elsewhere. He has published two collections of poetry: edge of the time zone(white print inc., 2009) and borne on slow knives (Past Tents, 2001). He received a Kresge Literary Fellowship in 2012 for fiction.
March 18, 2019: Cindy Hunter Morgan (Student reader Gene Agee) Music by Seraphine Heft, Flute student)
Cindy Hunter Morganteaches poetry and creative writing at Michigan State University and is the Interim Director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks. Harborless(Wayne State University Press) is a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and the winner of the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award. She writes regularly for Murder Ballad Monday, a blog devoted to the exploration of the murder ballad tradition in folk and popular music. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Tin House Online, Salamander, The Pinch, and West Branch.
April 15, 2019: Featured poet Russell Brakefield, (student writer James Champion,) with Music by Daryl and the Beans, featuring CMU Faculty: Jeffrey Bean, Darrin Doyle, and Robert Fanning w/ student guest Sam Mooradian.
LOCATION CHANGE: Due to the anticipation of a larger audience, this event will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan, located at 319 S. University Ave.
Russell Brakefield is an alumnus of Central Michigan University, and the author of Field Recordings(Wayne State University Press, 2018). His writing has appeared in Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He has received fellowships from the University of Michigan Musical Society, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Parks Department. He teaches writing at the University Writing Program at the University of Denver.
Here is a list of featured readers who have shared their work at the Wellspring Literary Series. Click the writer’s name for more information about them.
2017-2018: Year Nine
September 18: A Tribute to Matthew Echelberger: This evening’s special event will be a celebration of the life and poetry of former CMU professor Matthew Echelberger, who died in January. All are invited to read Matthew’s poems (which will be made available at the event) during an open mic reading.
October 2: Tommye Blount (w/ Delany Lemke, poet, and Joe Hertler/folk-funk-rock)
March 12: Fleda Brown (w/ Ashley Howell, poet. Music by Abigail Mullis, Matteo Generani, and Deniza Derdovski, CMU piano students.) April 9: Eric Torgersen (w/ Madison Eberth, poet. Music by Daryl and the Beans/rock)
2016-2017: Year Eight
October 3: Zilka Joseph (w/ Zachary Riddle, poet, and Gozde Cakir, flute, and Ryan Ramsey (saxophone)
November 14: Zachary Tomaszewski (w/ Maye Zerull, poet, and Tom Hymn, singer/songwriter)
March 13: Melissa Grunow (w/Karli Henning)
April 10: Michigan Poetry Celebration! Featuring more than twenty Michigan poets who will their poems from the anthology, The Michigan Poet: Collected Poems
2015-2016: Year Seven
October 5: Jeff Kass, Scott Beal (w/ Mika Yamamoto; Dominic Bierenga, Ruben Shell/jazz)
November 2: Carolyn Dunn (w/ Jeremy Ball (alum), Matthew Moffett, Alexandra Mascolo-David/piano)
March 21: Josie Kearns (w/ Ben Kuzava)
April 4: Jen Tynes, Michael Sikkema (w/ Bryce Huffman, Daryl & the Beans/rock)
2014-2015: Year Six
October 13: Dennis Hinrichsen, Marc J. Sheehan (w/ Kimberly Priest, Dominic Bierenga, Ethan O’Brien, Kosta Kapellas/jazz)
November 3: Tarfia Faizullah (w/ Jessica Kaiser; Chelsea Storms/piano)
March 9: Dianne Seuss (w/ Hayley McNichol; Crescent Duo/classical)
April 6: Phillip Sterling (w / Daryl & the Beans/rock)
2013-2014: Year Five
October 14: Sean Thomas Dougherty (w/ Hailee Sattavara, Kavazabava/klezmer)
November 4: Dianne Seuss (cancelled)
March 3: Jamaal May (w/ Saul Lemerond, Joe Hertler/rock)
April 7: Patricia Clark (w/ Hannah Fillmore, Daryl & the Beans/rock)
2012-2013: Year Four
October 11: Fleda Brown (w/ Joanna White, Joe Hertler/rock)
November 12: Anne-Marie Oomen (w/ Ben Harris, Bob Lindahl/cello)
February 11: Glenn Shaheen (w/ John Priest, Ugly Broads/rock)
March 18: Jamie Thomas (w/ Sonya Pouncy, Alexandra Mascolo-David/piano)
April 8: Courtney Kalmbach (w/ Bryan McAttee, Daryl & the Beans/rock)
2011-2012: Year Three
September 20: francine j. harris (w/ Ben Lambright, Joe Hertler/rock)
October 10: William Olsen and Nancy Eimers (w/ Tyler Kivel & Jason Drake/Piano)
November 21: Traci Brimhall (w/ Leigh Jajuga, Jamie Fiste/Cello)
February 6: Keith Taylor (w/ Jeremy Ball, Alexandra Mascolo-David/Piano)
March 12: Caitlin Horrocks (w/ Saul Lemerond, Kate and Micah Bracken/Singer)
April 9: Jack Ridl (w/ Brian McKenna, Daryl & the Beans/rock)
2010-2011: Year Two
September 20: Linda Nemec Foster (w/ Pamela Reames, Joe Hertler/rock)
October 11: Mariela Griffor and Chad Sweeney (w/ Josh Graham/marimba)
November 8: Terry Blackhawk (w/ Morgan Rae Glazier, Sarah Riegler and Essence Quartet)
November 29: Tommye Blount (w/ Danny Rendleman, Chris Belanger/rock)
January 24: Jeff VandeZande (w/ CJ Opperthauser)
February 14: Ronnie Apter and Mark Herman (w/ Nathan Emerson)
March 14: Matthew Gavin Frank (w/ Andrew Mendelsohn, Jodi Mata)
April 11: Blair (w/ Joe Kane, Joe Hertler/Rock)
2009-2010: Year One
September 9: Vievee Francis (w/ Jennifer Anderson, Crescent Duo/flute & clarinet)
October 5: Eric Torgersen (w/ Joe Kane, Joshua Graham/marimba)
November 9: Jamaal May (w/ Qiana Towns, Sarah Riegler, Josh Graham, Mike List, Andrew Wheelock/percussion)
December 7: Christina Rhein (w/ Matt Cicci, Andrew Strodtman/violoncello)
January 10: Allegra Blake and Andrea Devenney (w/ Blacktop Musical/rock)
February 15: Zilka Joseph (w/ Matthew Echelberger, Heidi Chu, Jason Drake and Loretta Lanning/piano)
March 1: Matt Bell (w/ Mick McGrath, Joe Hertler/Rock)
April 5: Matthew Olzmann (w/ Alexandra Mascolo-David/piano)
April 26: Blair (w/ Dawn Sandhal)