Great River Reading Series

The John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series brings poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers to WSU each year. The writers visit creative writing and literature classes, meet with students, and give a public reading.

Visiting writers have included: Lee Young-Li, Diana Abu-Jaber, Achy Obejas, Heid Erdrich, Katrina Vandenberg, John Reimringer, Marisha Chamberlain, Beth Ann Fennelly, Reginald Gibbons, Kent Meyer, Gary Young, Barry Estabrook, Ruth Ozeki, Kim Roberts, Kenneth McCullough, C. Mikal Oness, Joyce Sutphen, Tony Eprile, C.J. Hallman, Susan Atefat-Peckham, Ed Bok Lee and Joe Meno.

Upcoming Events

Will Weaver
Monday, Sept. 19, 5pm - Darrell Krueger Library, second floor Antheneum

Will WeaverWill Weaver writes fiction for adults and young adults. He was born in northern Minnesota in 1950 and grew up on a dairy farm. His novels and short stories have earned the praises of reviewers from coast-to-coast for their unflinching realism. The New York Times Book Review called A Gravestone Made of Wheat "a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye."

Red Earth, White Earth, Mr. Weaver's debut novel, was published in 1986 by Simon & Schuster and was produced as a CBS television movie in 1989. A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories (Simon & Schuster, 1989) won many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. Several of the stories were performed on National Public Radio. The title story was produced as the independent feature film Sweet Land starring Ned Beatty. In October, 2006, Sweet Land earned rave reviews in its national theater release. "A triumph...a movie of extraordinary tenderness" (Entertainment Weekly, 10/18/06). In February 2007, Sweet Land won the independent film industry's Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and is now out on DVD.

Kristina Bigalk
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5pm - Stark 103

Kristina BigalkKris Bigalk is a poet and writing professor. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was released from New York Quarterly Books in 2012. Her work also appears in the anthologies Down to the Dark River (Louisiana Literature), The Liberal Media Made Me Do It (Lummox), Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge (Taylor and O’Neill, 2012) and several volumes in the Poetry City, USA series.

Kris' poetry has appeared in Silk Road, The Water~Stone Review, the cream city review, The New York Quarterly, The Good Men Project, The Foundling Review, and The Northeast Review, among others.

As the Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College, Kris designed and initiated a successful AFA in Creative Writing program and Certificate program. Kris is currently writing a college-level creative writing textbook. She was recognized for her teaching with a 2012 Normandale/Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award.