Kalamazoo Valley’s Visiting Writer Series continues on Feb. 12 with essay and nonfiction writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil. All Visiting Writer events are open to the public and take place in the Student Commons Theater, Room 4240, at the Texas Township Campus. Craft talks begin at 10 a.m. and readings are held at 2:15 p.m.
During the 2016-17 academic year, Nezhukumatathil was the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at The University of Mississippi. She is now professor of English and teaches environmental literature and poetry writing in the MFA program of the University of Mississippi.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. Her newest collection of poems is Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder (2019, Milkweed), and three previous poetry collections: Lucky Fish (2011), At The Drive-In Volcano 2007), and Miracle Fruit (2003)–all from Tupelo Press. Her most recent chapbook is Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay.
She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry 2015 & 2018 series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize.
Kalamazoo native Bonnie Jo Campbell is the last speaker in this year’s series. She’ll visit Kalamazoo Valley on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 and students across campus will read Campbell’s book Once Upon a River.
Campbell‘s National Bestselling novel Once Upon a River (Norton, 2011), is a river odyssey with an unforgettable16-year-old heroine, which the New York Times Book Review calls “an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom.” Her first novel, Q Road, delves into the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land.
Campbell’s critically-acclaimed short fiction collection American Salvage (Wayne State University Press, 2009) was finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. The collection consists of 14 lush and rowdy stories of folks who are struggling to make sense of the twenty-first century.
Her collection Women and Other Animals, won the AWP prize for short fiction, and details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan. Her story “The Tattoo” is included in the anthology Shadow Snow, a tribute to Ray Bradbury. Her story “The Smallest Man in the World” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and her story “The Inventor, 1972” was awarded the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from Southern Review. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. Her newest book of stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, was published by Norton in the fall of 2015.
Kalamazoo Valley’s Visiting Writer series is organized by instructor Julie Stotz-Ghosh and offers students the opportunity to talk with professional writers and listen to their work. For more information, contact Julie Stotz-Ghosh at email@example.com.