Thursday, August 2, 2012

8/2/2012 - Stephen Haven, Sonya Huber, Laura Kasischke, and Kathryn Winograd

In today's craft seminar, we'll hear from Laura Kasischke, whose book, Space, In Chains, was a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Today's Events:

"The Sources and Systems of Poetry" - Laura Kasischke

1-2:30 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Reading by Stephen Haven, Sonya Huber, and Kathryn Winograd

7 p.m., Schar College of Education, Room 138, Ashland University

Coming Tomorrow:
John Foy, Thomas Larson, Mark Neely, Bonnie J. Rough, and Jerald Walker

About the Presenters:

Stephen Haven

Stephen Haven's book of poems Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008) was selected by the Ohio Poetry Association as co-winner in a competition to recognize the best book of poems published by an Ohio poet in 2008. He was named "Co-Ohio Poet of the Year" for 2009. Haven is also the author of two other poetry  collections, The Last Sacred Place in North America (New American Press, 2012) and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (West End Press, 2004), and of the memoir, The River Lock: One Boy's Life along the Mohawk (Syracuse University Press, 2008). The River Lock was nominated for a National Book Award by Syracuse University Press. A review of The River Lock in available online at

Haven published one other title in 2008, a collection of collaborative translations of contemporary Chinese poetry-- The Enemy in Defensive Position (with Wang Shouyi and Jin Zhong, Poetry Miscellany Chapbooks, University of Tennessee -- Chattanooga, 2008). He also edited and wrote the introduction for The Poetry of W.D. Snodgrass: Everything Human (University of Michigan Press, 1993).

Haven's poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Parnasus, American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Literary Imagination, World Literature (Beijing), Image, Crazyhorse, and in many other journals. He has a Ph.D. in American Civilization (literature, intellectual history, and American Painting) from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Harold Bloom, and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Iowa. He is Professor of English and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Ashland University, where he also directs the Ashland Poetry Press.

Sonya Huber

Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), finalist for the 2010 Grub Street National Book Prize in Nonfiction, and Opa Nobody (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. She has also written a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration (Equinox Publishing). Her work has been published in literary journals and magazines including Fourth Genre, Passages North, Hotel Amerika, Crab Orchard Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and theWashington Post Magazine, in other journals and in many anthologies. She teaches at Fairfield University.

Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke has published eight collections of poetry (most recently Space, in Chains, Copper Canyon Press) and eight novels, including two which have been made into feature length films. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Michigan, and lives with her family in Chelsea, Michigan.

Kathryn Winograd

Kathryn Winograd, poetry, is the author of Air into Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2002), a 2003 Colorado Book Award Winner in Poetry. Winograd has been the recipient of a Colorado Artist Fellowship in Poetry, a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associateship, and a co-winner of a Colorado Endowment for The Humanities Grant. She is a poetry faculty member for the University of Northern Colorado’s Middle Ground Project, a collaboration with the Navajo Nation funded by a Presidential Academy in American History and Civics Education grant. Recent and forthcoming publications include Calyx, Cricket Magazine, Cutthroat, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, Literary Mama, and River Teeth.

Winograd is the co-author of two books on online learning and teaching, You Can Learn Online and You Can Teach Online (McGraw Hill, 2002) and author of Stepping Sideways Into Poetry (Scholastic, Inc., 2005), a classroom resource book for K12 teachers. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as TriQuarterly, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, The Journal, The Antioch Review, Kalliope, The Ohio Review, The Cincinnati Review, Water-Stone, Poets Laureate, Weber Studies and The New Yorker. She has published numerous articles and essays in publications such as Iris: A Journal Abut Women, Bloomsbury Review, The Herb Companion, Mountain Living, Natural Homes Magazine, Adjunct Advocate, Winds of Change, and Converge Magazine, as well as children's stories and poems in Cricket magazine and Shoofly: An Audio Magazine for Children. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Winograd received her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.

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