Thursday, April 05, 2012

Visiting writer, editor to give library presentation on award-winning book at Michigan Tech

Keith Taylor, co-editor of this new book, Ghost Writers: us haunting them, contemporary Michigan literature, will give an invited presentation April 10 at the J.R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus. Click on image for larger version. (Image courtesy Michigan Technological University)

HOUGHTON -- Keith Taylor, poet, author, editor and faculty member, will give an invited presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the East Reading Room of the J.R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus.

The book talk will include storytelling, a look at his recent award winning book and conversation about what constitutes great writing.

Keith Taylor -- poet, author, and co-editor with Laura Kasischke of Ghost Writers: us haunting them, contemporary Michigan literature -- is on the faculty of the University of Michigan. He will give a presentation on this award-winning book, including storytelling, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the East Reading Room of Michigan Tech's J.R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. (Photo courtesy Michigan Technological University)

Taylor and co-editor Laura Kasischke received a 2012 Michigan Notable Book award from the Library of Michigan for their book Ghost Writers: us haunting them, contemporary Michigan literature. A collection of stories by some of Michigan’s best authors, these tales range from true stories written by non-believers to purely fictional stories that provoke the imagination. The stories are set in a wide range of Michigan locations that bring a sense of history and place to the tales.

Keith Taylor has published ten books of poetry, short fiction, translations, and edited volumes, including If the World Becomes So Bright (Wayne State University Press, 2009) and a chapbook of poems, Marginalia for a Natural History. Over the years his poems, stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Southern Review, the Detroit Free Press, and Michigan Quarterly Review, among many others. He has received grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. He teaches English at the University of Michigan and directs the Bear River Writers' Conference.

The book talk is open to the public and is sponsored by the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Join library staff and guests afterwards for free refreshments. For further information contact the Library at (906) 487-2500, or visit their Web site at www.mtu.edu/library.

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