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Zoom Event: Building Your Literary Community

Building Your Literary Community
Wednesday, May 27th
7pm-8pm EST
FREE EVENT, BUT REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED.
REGISTER HERE.

As we at the WSU Press (where the Made in Michigan Writers Series was created) know, Michigan is full of dazzling fiction writers. Among those writers are Kelly Fordon, Lolita Hernandez, Laura Hulthen Thomas, and Desiree Cooper. Desiree Cooper will moderate this discussion about how the former three authors built supportive relationships with their fellow Michigan writers, and what benefits, guidance, and unexpected joys came from sharing their success with others doing similar work. Learn how to find your own writing community and the support you can give and get from connecting with other local writers.

Kelly Fordon is the author of two WSU Press books, Garden for the Blind (which won a total of five prestigious awards), and I Have the Answer. I Have the Answer (released April 2020) artfully mixes the fabulist with the mundane and illuminates relationships and characters with crisp, elegant prose and dark wit.

Lolita Hernandez is the author of the short story collection Making Callaloo in Detroit (winner of three prestigious book awards), which weaves her memories of food, language, music, and family into twelve stories of outsiders looking at a strange world, wondering how to fit in, and making it through in their own way.

Laura Hulthen Thomas is the author of States of Motion (2017 Foreword INDIES Book Award Finalist).  Set in Michigan small towns both real and fictional, these profoundly emotional stories follow blue collars and white, cops and immigrants, and mothers and sons as they defend a world that is quickly vanishing.

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist, and Detroit community activist. She is the author of Know the Mother, a flash fiction collection that has won a combined six book awards and is in its third printing.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpcuquqDItHd1V8y759LW_eEdA6FuXcpGc
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Date
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
7:00pm EST - 8:00pm EST
Venue
Zoom
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AWARD
WINNER

Garden for the Blind

Stories by Kelly Fordon

Captivating linked stories that follow a group of characters from an upscale suburb of Detroit over several decades.

Paperback
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814341049
eBOOK
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814341056

I Have the Answer

Stories by Kelly Fordon

Short stories that manage to feel both fantastical and disturbingly familiar.

Paperback
Published: April 2020
ISBN: 9780814347522
eBOOK
Published: April 2020
ISBN: 9780814347539
AWARD
WINNER

Know the Mother

Stories by Desiree Cooper

Short, searing glimpses of how race and gender shadow even the most intimate moments of women’s lives.

Paperback
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341490
eBOOK
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341506
AWARD
WINNER

Making Callaloo in Detroit

Stories by Lolita Hernandez

Stories of hope and quirky survival in the city of Detroit colored by Caribbean culture and memory.

Paperback
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780814339695
eBOOK
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780814339701
AWARD
WINNER

States of Motion

Stories by Laura Hulthen Thomas

Idealistic characters fight to hold onto a life that is slipping out of their grasp.

Paperback
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814343142
eBOOK
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814343159