FWJ Reading in Kalamazoo, Michigan

START 2017 RIGHT – Join us for the FWJ Reading in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 26, 2017 at 7pm

Fifth Wednesday Journal and the Center for the Humanities at Western Michigan University are pleased to present four outstanding Kalamazoo writers reading from their work. This program is free and open to the public. Join us!

University Center for the Humanities
2500 Knauss Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

About our moderator and writers

olsen_photoWilliam Olsen has five collections of poetry, most recently Sand Theory.  His new collection, TechnoRage, will be published by Triquarterly in 2017. He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and Breadloaf.  His poetry has won awards from Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse. His poems and essays have appeared in Plume, The New Republic, Poetry, Chicago Review, Barrow Street, Gettysburg Review, and have been widely anthologized.  He teaches at Western MIchigan University, where he edits New Issues Poetry and Prose.

morganOriginally from Mississippi, Matt Morgan now lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he is working on his MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University. His poem “The weight of” appears in the current issue of FWJ Plus, the Fifth Wednesday Books online magazine.



eimersNancy Eimers‘s fourth poetry collection, Oz, was published by Carnegie Mellon in 2011.  She is the author of A Grammar to Waking (Carnegie Mellon 2006), No Moon (Purdue University Press 1997) and Destroying Angel (Wesleyan University Press 1991). She is the recipient of a Nation “Discovery” Award, a Whiting Writers Award, and two NEA Fellowships. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Field, Paris Review, The Nation, Antioch Review, Triquarterly, Poetry NorthwestThe Wesleyan Tradition, Best American Poetry, and Pushcart Prize XXXV.   She teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University.

wickenden_croppedAndrew Wickenden’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming Glimmer TrainFiction, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and elsewhere. He earned his MFA from Western Michigan University in 2013 and lives and works in the Kalamazoo area.




Hedy Habra is the author of two poetry collections, Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the USA Best Book Award and the International Book Award, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Book Award. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Awards, she was a five-time nominee for the 2016 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her work appears in Cimarron Review, The Bitter Oleander, Blue Fifth Review, Cider Press Review, Drunken Boat, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, Nimrod, Poet Lore, World Literature Today and Verse Daily. She has a passion for art and teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University.



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