2014 Fall Writing Series: Rick Mulkey and Susan Tekulve

November 4, 2014 - 7:00pm - November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm
RCAH Theater
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Join the RCAH Center for Poetry from Tuesday, November 4, through Thursday, November 6, 2014, for three workshops and a joint reading with writers Rick Mulkey and Susan Tekulve.

Workshop with Susan Tekulve

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, join Susan Tekulve at 3 p.m. for "Moments of Being and Non-Being: Finding Extraordinary Stories in Every Day Objects and First Homes," a workshop in the C210 conference room of Snyder-Phillips Hall.

In her essay, "A Sketch of the Past," memoirist and fiction writer Virginia Woolf maintains that we spend a good part of every day not living consciously.  We eat, sleep, work, and most of the time these daily activities are what Woolf calls "moments of non-being." Occasionally, there are times when we are shocked out of our every-day complacency to really see the world and all it contains. Woolf calls these shocks  "Moments of Being," and she contends that it is the job of a writer to identify and examine these moments, releasing whole stories that linger within these flashes of consciousness. This workshop is designed to help writers identify their own "moments of being," and to mine these experiences for material that lends itself to their most engaging narratives.

Workshop & Reading with Susan Tekulve and Rick Mulkey

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, join Susan Tekulve and RIck Mulkey at 3 p.m. for "The Muse Upon Their Shoulders: The Lives of Modern Writing Couples," a workshop in the C210 conference room of Snyder-Phillips Hall.

In this talk, Rick and Susan will discuss their writing processes, and how each has gone about developing the work in their most recent books. In addition, they will field questions concerning the novel versus the short story form and lyric poetry. Finally, these "scribbling spouses" will talk candidly about how two writers live and create beneath the same roof.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, join Tekulve and Mulkey for their reading in the RCAH Theater.

Workshop with Rick Mulkey

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, join Rick Mulkey at 3 p.m. for “Principles of Pattern: Inspiration through Emulation” a workshop in the C210 conference room of Snyder-Phillips Hall.

As writers we are always battling two forces—chaos and control. Our job is to balance those forces, to bring delight to a reader through the recognition of patterns and continuities, and to heighten that delight by introducing radical and unexpected adjustments to those patterns. By investigating Bop poems, blues poems, sonnets and techniques such as anaphora and lineation in the works of poets Lucille Clifton, Campbell McGrath and others, we will consider patterns and structures as something to try on, walk into, a temporary home, a borrowed manner or means of movement. We will complete writing exercises meant to help us think of form as a way to expand our vision as poets rather than limit that vision.

About Susan Tekulve:

Susan Tekulve is the author of In the Garden of Stone, winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Award and a 2014 Gold IPPY Award as the best novel published in the South by an independent press. She’s also published three short story collections: Savage Pilgrims, Wash Day and My Mother’s War Stories. Her stories and essays have appeared in such journals as Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, New Letters, Best New Writing 2007, The Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and Prairie Schooner. She has been awarded a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholarship and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship. An Associate Professor of English, she teaches in the BFA and MFA in creative writing programs at Converse College.

About Rick Mulkey:

Rick Mulkey is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently Ravenous: New & Selected Poems (2014), Toward Any Darkness (2007), Bluefield Breakdown (2005)and Before the Age of Reason (1998). Individual poems and essays have appeared in a variety of periodicals such as Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, The Literary Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including American Poetry: the Next Generation, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volumes I and II.  His work has also been featured on Verse Daily and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He has received a Hawthornden Fellowship and the Literary Review's Charles Angoff Award, among others. Mulkey has taught at universities and writing workshops in the United States and Europe, and he currently directs the low residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Converse College.