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The Poets’ Follies Reading Series
4/17/2014, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Marick Press and the OU Writing Center Present:

The Poets’ Follies Reading Series


William Olsen, Kristina Lugn, Mariela Griffor, Cal Freeman, and Karmen Flores

Join us Thursday, April 17, for an intimate evening during which five unique writers of both local and international acclaim will share their poetry and prose.

OU Writing Center – 212 Kresge Library
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30PM

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


MARICK PRESS and the OAKLAND UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER present a spring 2014 reading at 212 Kresge Library, Oakland University.

Rochester, Michigan – April 17, 2014 – The Poets’ Follies Reading Series, sponsored by Marick Press and the Oakland University Writing Center, will feature the poetry of William Olsen, Kristina Lugn, Mariela Griffor, Cal Freeman and Karmen Flores at 6:30PM. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session.

William Olsen teaches creative writing and literature courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. He is the author of four collections of poetry: The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers (Illinois, 1988), Vision of a Storm Cloud (Triquarterly, 1996), Trouble Lights (Triquarterly, 2002), and Avenue of Vanishing (Triquarterly, 2007). His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, A Nation/Discovery Award, The Texas Institute of Arts Award, a Breadloaf Fellowship, and poetry awards from Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse.

Kristina Lugn is a Swedish poet, dramatist, literary critic, and member of the Swedish Academy. Born in Tierp, Uppland and raised in Skövde, Västergötland, she has published seven books of poetry, and her plays have been staged at various prestigious Swedish theatres. Today Lugn is as well known for her dramatic works as she is for her poetry. Her texts often deal with sorrow and loneliness and are frequently set in suburbia. Bye, Have a Good Time!, her new collection of poems, is concerned with the idea of death, wherein the body and life are examined through the lens of the domestic space.

Mariela Griffor is the author of House (Mayapple Press) and founder of Marick Press. Her work has appeared in Passages North, Washington Square Review, and other journals. Mariela holds a B.A. in Journalism from Wayne State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New England College. Her forthcoming publications include the translations Canto General by Pablo Neruda (Tupelo Press), Militant Poems by Raul Zurita (Orange Monkey Publishing), and Bye, Have a Good Time! by Kristina Lugn (Eyewear Publishing).

Cal Freeman received his M.F.A. in poetry from Bowling Green State University in 2004. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Commonweal, The Paris-American, Nimrod, The Journal, Ninth Letter, Drunken Boat, and The Cortland Review. He is the recipient of The Howard P. Walsh Award for Literature, The Ariel Poetry Prize, and the Devine Poetry Fellowship (judged by Terrance Hayes). Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and creative nonfiction, Freeman currently teaches writing at Oakland University and lives in Dearborn, Michigan.

Karmen Flores lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan and attends Oakland University. She will graduate in April 2014 with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She enjoys writing creative nonfiction and reading classic literature. One day she hopes to write a children’s book and to inspire young readers by sharing her passion for words.

This event is free and open to the public.
Kresge Library Writing Center
2200 N. Squirrel Rd
Rochester MI, 48309
Contact Information
(248) 370-3120