Voices of the Middle West 2015

We are ecstatic to announce 2015 Voices of the Middle West: A Celebration of Writers and Independent Presses. Created in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Residential College, Voices of the Middle West is a festival celebrating writers from all walks of life as well as independent presses and journals that consider the Midwestern United States their home.

RSVP on our (open to the public) Facebook event.

The lineup of writers and panels this year is second to none, and we hope you’ll come participate with some of the best and most exciting voices our region has to offer.

The keynote will be delivered by none other than Stuart Dybek, author of two new collections, Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern, and many other works. There will be a reception open to the public after the keynote, where Mr. Dybek will be available to sign copies of his books, available to purchase by Literati Bookstore.

The day will also feature a panel discussing Midwest as Place and Midwestern Fabulism, plus discussions on publishing and conversations with U of M faculty and students. The lineup is absolutely stacked, including authors such as:

  • Matt Bell
  • Anna Clark
  • Caitlin Horrocks
  • C.J. Hribal
  • Naomi Huffman
  • Allison Joseph
  • Laura Kasischke
  • Alissa Nutting
  • Anne Valente
  • Marcus Wicker
  • Steve Woodward

There will also be a bookfair featuring over 30 publications and presses with Midwestern roots from 10 AM to 5 PM in the atrium (main level) of East Quad.

The goal of the festival is to bring together students and faculty of the university, as well as writers and presses from all over the Midwest, in order to provide a perspective of this region and to showcase the magnificent work being produced here, the stories that need to be told…the voices that need to be heard.

Held on the campus of the University of Michigan, Voices of the Middle West will take place on Saturday, March 21.

Check out the links below for more information, including directions and maps, a list of bookfair exhibitors and information on all of the panels. Additional information will be added in the coming weeks.

Also, please feel free to RSVP on our (open to the public) Facebook event.

There is no cost to attend the festival, and we invite you to stop by and see what we’re all about. Hope to see you there!

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