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.

Below you’ll find a list of articles and events related to Campus Read.

Campus Read Events

Finlandia University Campus Read and Helsinki Slang present:

A Common Place: Remembering, Imagining, Healing

Finlandia’s Campus Read and Helsinki Slang communities invite you to attend A Common Place: Remembering, Imagining, Healing on Tuesday, April 19. The free event will start at 4 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Matthew where the winners of the 2022 Campus Read Writing Contest will be announced. For anyone interested in sharing their work, an open mic will be provided.

“This is a great opportunity for people to hear some powerful work by local authors, to present their own work in a supportive setting, and just to come together as a creative community after being physically isolated for so long,” Associate Professor of English Mark Lounibos said.

A recent announcement from Campus Read shared more details:

In conjunction with United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s recent visit, please join us, along with celebrated Anishinaabe writer T. Marie Bertineau, to share stories about the power of place in the lives of individuals and communities. We will announce winners of the Campus Read Writing Contest and offer an open mic for anyone interested in sharing work oriented to our theme.

Date/Time: 4PM Tuesday, April 19,
Place: Chapel of St Matthew at Finlandia University

This event is free and open to the community.

For further information please contact Mark Lounibos mark.lounibos@finlandia.edu

2022 Writing Contest 

In conjunction with our Campus Read author and text (Joy Harjo, An American Sunrise), we offer the 2022 Campus Read Writing Contest.

Joy Harjo is the incumbent Poet Laureate of the United States. A member of the Muscogee Nation, Harjo’s work often recalls the legacy of forced removal, and the “Trail of Tears” which saw her people driven from the Southeast U.S. to Oklahoma. In keeping with this topic, the theme of the Writing Contest is “displacement,” broadly understood. Works should engage with this theme in some way, whether on an individual or community level. Some ways you could consider this topic include questions like: Did you move as a child? Are you writing a story about a character who loses a home? Have you wondered what it would feel like to be without a place? Can someone who feels displaced feel at home again? How? What does it mean to be “in” or “from” a place, and is it the same thing as being “at home” or “connected” to a place?

This contest is open to poetry, essays, creative non-fiction and prose fiction, with a 1500 word limit.

Entries will be judged by celebrated author T. Marie Bertineau, whose most recent novel The Mason House was named a 2021 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Winners will be announced at a Campus Read open mic event at the end of the semester, where they will receive awards and also have an opportunity to present their work. Winners will also be published in the Carrot Ranch website.

All submissions should be in Word format and submitted via email to mark.lounibos@finlandia.edu by Friday, March 11, 2022.

2022 Movie Nights – Flyer

  • Jan. 28, 7 PM, Wargelenin Hall Room 303 – Angelique’s Isle
  • Feb 4, 7 PM, Wargelenin Hall Room 303 – Falls Around Her
  • Feb. 18, 7 PM, Wargelenin Hall Room 303 – Indian Horse
  • March 11, 7 PM, Wargelenin Hall Room 303 – Songs My Brothers Taught Me
  • March 25, 7 PM, Wargelenin Hall Room 303 – In Jesus’ Name



Campus Read is an annual event series at Finlandia University where the students, staff and faculty come together to explore literature around a theme, book or author. For more information on Campus Read,visit finlandia.edu/campusread.

Camps Read Staff

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.

Carolyn DekkerAssociate Professor, EnglishFinlandia Universitycarolyn.dekker@finlandia.edu906-487-7407
Mark LounibosAssociate Professor, EnglishFinlandia Universitymark.lounibos@finlandia.edu906-487-7336
William Knoblauch
William KnoblauchAssociate Professor, HistoryFinlandia Universitywilliam.knoblauch@finlandia.edu906-487-7318


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