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Five on Fiction: At a Glance

On a brilliant sunny autumn afternoon, I attended a special reading at the Student Center Auditorium. Five authors with current or past affiliations with the Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University read selections from recent works of Fiction. Here’s the scoop:

Date of Event: September 14, 2019

Curated by: Professor Christine Hume

The event’s title is taken from emeritus faculty Janet Kauffman’s manifesto on fiction writing, Five on Fiction, (Burning Deck Press, 2004.)

Authors and Books, in the order of appearance:

Matt Kirkpatrick: The Ambrose J. and Vivian T. Seagrave Museum of 20th Century American Art (Acre Books, 2019.)

Polly Rosenwaike: Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday, 2019)

Amanda Goldblatt: Hard Mouth (Counterpoint, 2019) 

Joe Sacksteder: Make/Shift (Sarabande Books, 2019)

Christina Milletti: Choke Box (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.)

These extraordinary, funny and intriguing texts were brought to vivid performance by the authors.

The collection of masterful authors and their recent works, all published within this year, had a profound effect on me, a still-green MA Student. For more detail about my responses, read Brief Review (to be posted next.)

Until next time,

Warm Regards from Christina-Marie

2 thoughts on “Reviews and Postscripts

  1. chume2013

    You do a great job of framing the event, but you only have one general sentence about the content of the event. Also, there is nothing about the BathHouse Events here that I see. You need to offer quotations, reflections, reactions, speculations about the content and form of the event. Also, you can use the opportunity to think about how literary readings build community and how each event worked or didn’t to create a literary community. Thanks.


    1. Christina-Marie Sears

      Thanks for your comment, Christine. I am intending to review each fiction work separately but it is taking some time to get there. I like your idea/suggestion about analyzing the way readings build and reflect community. Looking forward to the next steps!


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