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

Laura Jean Baker - "The Motherhood Affidavits"
Monday, Oct. 21, 7pm - Stark 103


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor Laura Jean Baker will read from her 2018 memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, which won the 2018 Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

After giving birth to her daughter, UW-Oshkosh professor Baker felt the effects of the natural “love hormone” oxytocin, and this natural remedy relieved the depression she had been dealing with much of her life. Over the next eight years, her “oxy” cravings, and her family, only grew—to the dismay of her husband, Ryan, a freelance public defender. In this braided memoir that explores her addiction to childbearing alongside her husband's casework in criminal defense, Baker provides an unflinching examination of motherhood, poverty, and mental illness.