20th Anniversary Authors’ Reading – September 20th @ 6:30pm

The Writing Center and Red Cedar Writing Project are celebrating 20 years at Michigan State. To commemorate this milestone we’ve partnered together to bring a group of talented local authors to share their writing with the MSU community.

Join us Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 pm in The Writing Center at 300 Bessey Hall for an evening of listening and celebration. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring friends and family!

Writer Bios


Joyce BenvenutoA Grand River: Poems for Michigan. A Grand River is hot off the presses this month. The book is about Grand River Avenue (and the river) from Detroit to Grand Haven, and covers a time period from 1850 to the present and offers a view of a working class, extended family.  Amazon describes the book this way: In poetry, Joyce Benvenuto brings alive the generations of people who have lived along Grand River, both the river and the road, for the past 160 years. A number of the poems printed here have been previously published in various poetry journals over many years. Benvenuto brings them together to showcase Michigan and its varied decades as her poetry crosses the state from shore to shore.

Now that she has been to the four corners of the United States plus several foreign countries, Joyce Benvenuto feels that Michigan is still the Garden of Eden. Thus, her wish to celebrate Grand River, one of the first roads to cross the state. Benvenuto taught English for Haslett Public Schools for eighteen years. There she also taught creative writing to high school students. She received her own teaching degrees from Michigan State University. Her husband taught at MSU. She has three children and four grandchildren who wish to become authors themselves. To which we would only add: And she is a Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher Consultant!

Kathleen Livingston is a sex-positive feminist femme, aspiring strong woman, storyteller, and teacher. She is also a doctoral student in queer rhetorics & nonfiction writing at Michigan State University. She is working on a collection of essays and stories about consent in queer sex and relationships. Her work has appeared in Visible: A Femmethology, published in 2009 by Homofactus Press, and in zines, including “I’m sick of all these parades.” To order copies of her zines, visit www.GoVioletGo.com.

Gloria Nixon-John, The Killing Jar (co-authored with Robert “Skip” Noelker)The Killing Jar was just released last month and is the story of one of the youngest Americans to have served on death row.  It is a dark, but important story.  Nixon-John invested 7 years of research and writing in this multi-genre book. The book has already garnered a fair amount of publicity – The Detroit News and Huff Post have each written articles about it, and Nixon-John was invited to do a book signing party at The Artists Market in Detroit.

Gloria Nixon-John earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University and is a Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher Consultant. She has published essays, poems, short fiction and pedagogical articles and chapters for teachers, and chapters in a variety of texts for children and young adults. Among her credits is a chapter in Writers in the Classroom (ed. Ruth Nathan), and The Women of Country Music (ed. Charles Wolfe and James Akenson), an excerpt from her memoir entitled Learning From Lady Chatterley appears in Turns (ed CoCo Harris). Gloria has worked with InsideOut, Literary Arts Project in Detroit and has served The Theodore Roethke House as a grant writer and oral historian. She has also worked as oral historian for the Marshal Fredricks Sculpture Museum in Saginaw, Michigan.

Julie Platt is a Ph.D. candidate in rhetoric and composition at Michigan State University and studied poetry at Ohio University and Bowling Green State University. Her chapbook, In the Kingdom of My Familiar, was published in 2008 by Tilt Press. Her creative work has recently appeared in Barn Owl Review, Birdfeast, Moon City Review, and Weave. Her website is www.aristotlejulep.com, and she tweets @aristotlejulep.

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