An Evening with the U.P. Poet Laureate

March 7, 2019

Ishpeming, MI – The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library is pleased to host the 2019-2020 U.P. Poet Laureate Marty Achatz on Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 pm.

Achatz’s position as the U.P. Poet Laureate was recently extended and he will be celebrating the achievement with the Ishpeming Library! Marty will read some original poetry and mingle with audience members. Don’t miss this treat of an event!

Visiting Writers Series Features Two Poets

March 7, 2019

Marquette, MI – Poets Francine J. Harris and Marcus Wicker will visit Northern Michigan University to read from their works and give a joint presentation at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 14, in Jamrich Hall 1322. The event is hosted by the NMU Visiting Writers Program and admission is free.

Harris received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and currently teaches writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her first collection allegiance, which was inspired by her hometown of Detroit, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Award.

Wicker received an MFA from Indiana University and is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection, Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. His second book, Silencer—also an Image Award finalist—won the Society of Midland Authors Award, as well as the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices. Wicker teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and he is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.


“Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” at NMU

March 7, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Northern Michigan University Student Performing Arts Association presents Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe at 7:30 pm  from Thursday, March 14-Saturday, March 16 at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Admission is free. Written by playwright Eric Coble, Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of four tales originally written by Poe: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Staging a production of the play at NMU was the idea of students Lilith Kontos and Nathan Morgan.

“Lilith and I chose to do Nightfall because we wanted to work on a dramatic piece in contrast to the comedies we had done before and we both loved the idea of turning the popular work of Edgar Allan Poe into a piece of theater,” Morgan said.

Morgan is the director of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe, whereas Kontos portrays Madeline Usher/Old Man in the production.

“Working on Nightfall has been an absolute blast,” said Kontos. “I feel so lucky and excited to be producing this show with some of my best friends and to get another chance to work in the Black Box Theatre. I’m also a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe, so having the opportunity to portray some of his most famous characters has been so amazing.”

The mission of the Student Performing Arts Association is to provide independent student design opportunities in theater at NMU.

This event is funded in full by the NMU Student Finance Committee.