Literature in Person Reading Series

The Literature in Person Reading Series is an annual series of free readings by published creative writers. These events feature regionally or nationally known authors, as well as members of the Ferris and Big Rapids community, reading selections from their recent work of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction. There is often a question and answer period following the reading where audience members have the opportunity to ask the writers questions about their work. Readings are scheduled throughout the academic year and are held on campus or at convenient nearby Big Rapids locations.

If you're a reader, writer, aspiring author or editor, attending Literature in Person events is a great way to learn what's new in contemporary literature; discover a variety of literary voices, styles and techniques; and meet and interact with others who have an interest in creative writing. Literature in Person readers also frequently bring their expertise to the more intimate setting of the classroom on the day of the event, offering Ferris students an additional learning opportunity.

If you are interested in being a reader in our series, please contact Dr. Deirdre Fagan, Literature in Person Coordinator.

Recent Guest Authors:

Adam Schuitema

Adam Schuitema is the author of the short-story collections The Things We Do That Make No Sense (2017) and Freshwater Boys (2010) and the novel Haymaker (2015). His works have twice been named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan.

 Adam Schuitema

Noley Reid

Noley Reid is author of the novel Pretend We Are Lovely, which The O, Oprah Magazine called “scrumptious.”  Her previous books are the short story collection So There! and the novel In the Breeze of Passing Things.

 Noley Reid

Katie Kalisz

Katie Kalisz is the author of the collection of poetry, Quiet Woman. Her poem “Calling Unemployment Once-A-Week in Michigan” was nominated for the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology, and “Pregnant at a Funeral” was recreated as a broadside by The Michigan Poet.

 Katie Kalisz

Marcus Wicker

Marcus Wicker’s first collection of poetry Maybe the Saddest Thing was a National Poetry Series winner and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. His second book, Silencer, was also an Image Award finalist.  Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Marcus Wicker

Gordon Henry

Gordon Henry is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe, Gordon Henry has received an American Book Award for his novel The Light People. His poetry, fiction and essays have been published extensively, in the U.S. and Europe.

 Gordon Henry

Patrick LeBeau

Patrick LeBeau is the author of Stands Alone, Faces and Other Poems, Rethinking Michigan Indian History, and Term Paper Resource Guide to American Indian History. LeBeau has also written many articles and book chapters, the most notable, “The Fighting Braves of Michigamua,” which appeared in the book, Team Spirits. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota (his father’s home) and he is a descendent of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe of North Dakota (his mother’s home).