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Author Series at Finlandia Begins January 25

Download the Writers on Location Poster/Schedule

The Finlandia University English Department and Hancock Central High School invite the public to an author lecture series beginning January 25, 2011.

The nine weekly seminars, collectively titled "Writers on Location," will take place Tuesday afternoons, 4:15 to 5:30, at the Chapel of St. Matthew on Finlandia's main campus in Hancock.

Where do we put down roots, take up residence, settle in? How do the places we inhabit provide shelter and escape?

The "Writers on Location" will attempt to answer these questions as the authors read from their work and discuss how place matters to them-in writing and in their lives. Discussion may also include the writing process, literary craft, and publishing.

Date   Author Topic Title
Jan. 25       
Katie Alvord
Katie Alvord Nature Writing "Writing Outside: Crafting Prose In & About Nature"
Feb. 1  One Little Balsam Fir Lesley Du Temple Children's Books "Tigers in Your Living Room: Natural History Writing for Children
Feb. 15  Erik Koskinen Erik Koskinen & Mike La Beau Singing/Songwriting "The Space Between the Notes: Two Singer/Songwriters on Location"
Feb. 22  Jimalee Jones Jimalee Jones
The Art of the Sermon
"Doing the Text in Context"
Mar. 1  Randy Freisinger Randy Freisinger Poetry "Place as Ecotone: At the Intersection of Word & World"
Mar. 15  Suzanne Van Dam John Gagnon and Suzanne Van Dam Non-fiction, Profiles "Place & People in Profile"
Mar. 22  Laura Smythe Laura Smyth Publishing & Poetry "For the Love of Books"
Mar. 29  Glenn Puit Glenn Puit True Crime/Journalism "The Power of Journalism and Writing"
Apr. 5   Students!   Student Flash Readings

The series begins Thursday, January 25, with award-winning nature writer Katie Alvord, whose talk is titled, "Writing Outside: Crafting Prose In and About Nature."

Other authors in the series are Lesley Du Temple (children's books), Erik Koskinen and Mike La Beau (singing and songwriting), Jimalee Jones (sermon writing), Randy Freisinger (poetry), John Gagnon and Suzanne Van Dam (profiles), Laura Smyth (publishing and poetry), and Glenn Puit (true crime). The series will conclude with student flash readings.

Please visit a complete list of presenters.

This series is funded by Finlandia University's Suomi College of Arts & Sciences, the Finlandia Campus Enrichment Committee, and the Hancock Public Schools Foundation. It is supported by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Project, which is funded in part by the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust & Wege Foundation.

For additional information, please contact Finlandia University associate English professor Suzanne Van Dam at 906-487-7515 or