Campus Read

Campus Read ArtworkEvery year there’s an enchanted experience on the campus of Finlandia University as students, faculty, staff and the community come together with the focus on literature.

A book is chosen.

Dialogues happen.

Minds open.

The 2016 theme will focus on authors from the Northern Great Lakes Region, particularly Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s an absolutely stunning place. A place where creativity flows. The number of authors from the region is impressive . . . We’ll be bringing some of the best writers right here to Hancock

“Once, Then” by Andrea Scarpino

Book cover for Once, Then by Andrea ScarpinoThe 2016 Campus Read book is “Once, Then” by Andrea Scarpino. Scarpino has been featured in all sorts of regional media for her work since becoming the 2015-17 Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

About the Book

In her debut full-length poetry collection, Scarpino’s elegies move between personal and political loss, between science, myth, and spirituality, and between lyric intensity and narrative clarity. At their heart is a longing for those we have lost, and an acknowledgement that loss irrevocably changes us and what we understand of the world. Blending mythological figures such as Persephone and Achilles, scientific approaches to knowledge learned from her microbiologist father, and a deep ambivalence regarding religious ideas of death and afterlife, Scarpino’s poems invite us to examine the world, our own place in it, and what to make of its continual collapse.

Learn more about Scarpino and her writing at The book is available for purchase at North Wind Books, and available to check out at the Maki Library.

Author Event Series

Andrea Scarpino – March 15, 4:30 p.m. at Chapel of St. Matthew

Photo of Andrea ScarpinoScarpino is the author of the poetry collections What The Willow Said As It Fell (coming March 2016), Once, Then, and the chapbook The Grove Behind. She received an MFA from Ohio State University and a PhD in creative Writing from Bath Spa University (UK). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been published in numerous journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK and Prairie Schooner.

Scarpino is a faculty member with the Union Institute and the university’s Cohort PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is a weekly contributor for the blog Planet of the Blind. Most notably Andrea currently serves as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She lives in Marquette. Learn more about Scarpino at

Sonny Longtine – March 22, 4:30 p.m. at Chapel of St. Matthew

Photo of Sonny LongtineLongtine, a lifelong resident of Marquette, holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northern Michigan University, and has completed additional graduate work at Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University. He has published six books on the Upper Peninsula. They include: Marquette: Then and NowMichigan’s Upper Peninsula: Life, Legends, and LandmarksCourage BurningWading in BloodMurder In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and his latest book, Magnificent Mansions and Courtly Cottages

Longtine has been published in several regional magazines, including Marquette Monthly, Great Lake Pilot, UP North and the Porcupine Press. For the past 20 years traveling and writing about the Upper Peninsula has been his life’s focus. Sonny retried from public education after 33 years as a counselor and history/government teacher. While employed in public education he wrote several Title I proposals that were implemented in the Gwinn Area Community Schools.

John Smolens – March 29, 4:30 p.m. at Chapel of St. Matthew

Photo of John SmolensJohn Smolens’s new novel, Wolf’s Mouth, will be published by Michigan State University press in spring 2016. This book, along with his 2001 novel, Cold, are set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Smolens has nine other novels and a collection of stories, which along with reviews and essays, have appeared in publications such as The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, Redbook, Yankee, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe.

Smolens holds degrees from Boston College, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Iowa. Over the past 30 years, he has taught at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Northern Michigan University, where he is the former director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association. Smolens now writes full time and lives in Marquette.

Writers of Northern Persuasion Forum

April 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Finnish American Heritage Center

This is the grand finale of Campus Read 2016 and is open to the entire community with a variety of features, vendors and more.

Student Writing Contest

Win a cash prize of $100!

This place, this northern extremity of wind, water and snow, white pines and eagles, old copper mines and canals, Finns and Ojibwa, bear and pike, challenges easy descriptions. It’s richer and more complex than any one writer can represent. Describe it yourself. Express your own image of this place in some of its iterations. Tell a story, write a poem, or describe a scene. Just set it here, in the north, where the light lingers and fades to the call of a loon, or a snowmobile roars through the dark morning, or something completely, utterly unexpected happens. Wherever you’re from, wherever you’re headed, right now you’re Northern. Tell us what that means.

Campus Read is put on annually by a committee of Finlandia University faculty and staff. Please contact the two members of this committee below with any questions.


Mark Lounibos 
Assistant Professor, English 
Office: Mannerheim Hall, Room 413
Phone: 906-487-7336
Alana Nolan
Manager, North Wind Books 
Office: Kivi House, 437 Quincy St.
Phone: 906-487-7309



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