I'm reading on May 10th for Midwestern Gothic at Commonwealth of Letters at 6:30PM(ish). By 'reading' I mean I'm giving a reading or performing or reading out loud or what have you. So. Yeah. Me. In the flesh (but not naked flesh) standing fully clothed and reading out loud for whoever shows up. Hopefully, it'll be a full house instead of just a creepy guy wearing thick glasses and eating corn nuts. They graciously published an excerpt from my memoir in their Issue #11, and I'll be reading from that. If you're in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 10th, why not show up and listen to some Midwestern writers read to you? It's lovely, comforting, and only mildly chafing. Here's the info that I shamelessly lifted from the Facebook post, because, well, I'm lazy. We all know this. I'm lazy and I'm tired and I'm crabby...but I promise for the reading, I'll be perky and upbeat. I'll be reading about my childhood so I might also be slightly tranquilized. Just, you know, FYI.
INFO SHAMELESSLY LIFTED FROM FACEBOOK:
We’re excited to be hosting a reading at the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters space in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring the following Midwestern Gothic contributors:
Katie Booms is a writer, visual artist, and advocate for community-building. She welcomes collaboration of all kinds—find her on Twitter as @ka_booms and say hello! She earned her MFA in poetry at the University of Wyoming, served for a year with AmeriCorps at the Freret Neighborhood Center in New Orleans, and currently teaches at Grand Valley State University in good 'ole Grand Rapids.
Tanya Eby is an audiobook narrator and novelist. She’s recorded over 300 novels for NY Times and USA Today’s Bestsellers and was nominated for an Audie Award in 2013. She has published several novels including “Blunder Woman”, “Easy Does It” and “Foodies Rush In”. Her novella “Tunnel Vision And Other Stories From The Edge” takes place at the Grand Traverse Insane Asylum in the 1930s, and will be released soon in audio. Her nonfiction piece for Midwestern Gothic is from her current memoir-in-progress Popsicle Toes.
Michael Lambert lives and works in Wisconsin. In 2012 his work received the Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Award from the University of Wisconsin—Platteville and was nominated for the Carson Prize. Recent work has appeared in Driftless Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Mixed Fruit. His first collection, Circumnavigation (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), is dedicated to self-propelled travel in North America as it relates to the perpetual phenomenon of ending where one begins. http://
Besides Midwestern Gothic, Hadley Moore's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Newsweek, Witness, December, The Indiana Review, Confrontation, The Drum, Ascent, Redux, Knee-Jerk Magazine, and other publications. She is at work on a novel and a collection of stories, and is an alumna of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Adam Schuitema is the author of the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, which was named a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Glimmer Train, North American Review, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Black Warrior Review, and Crazyhorse. Adam earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. He's an associate professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and daughter.
There will be issues of Midwestern Gothic for sale, as well as personal swag from each of the authors reading. Hope to see you there!