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

Cathy Madison - "The War Came Home With Him"
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7pm - Stark 103

Cathy MadisonIn this striking dual narrative, Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him. Piecing together her father’s experiences as a POW in Korea, Madison uncovers long-hidden truths about his past, gaining insight into her own in the process.

Journalist Catherine Madison was editor-in-chief of "Utne Reader," senior editor at "Adweek" and "Creativity Magazine," founding editor of "American Advertising," and editor-in-chief of "Format Magazine." She has written articles for many publications, including the "Chicago Tribune," "Star Tribune," and "Minnesota Monthly."

Awards for The War Came Home With Him

  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist
  • Midwest Book Award Finalist
  • INDIEFab Book of the Year Winner