Announcing the CWIPs (Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies) Conference:

The Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies conference will be held on October 16-17, and will feature Keynote speakers Michael Kardos & Catherine Pierce, co-directors of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. For more information, or to propose a panel or paper, click here.

The deadline for paper proposals is June 1st.

Introducing the Spring 2015 Pleiades Visiting Writers...

  Kwame Dawes
Wednesday, January 28, 2 pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Kwame Dawes is the author of over a dozen books, his most recent collections of poetry includeWisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country(2006),Impossible Flying(2006),Back of Mount Peace(2009),Hope’s Hospice(2009),Wheels(2011), andDuppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems(2013), among many others. Dawes’s novels includeShe’s Gone(2007), andBivouac(2010), and his non-fiction collections includeA Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative(2007) andFugue and Other Writings(2012). His work has been included in anthologies includingSo Much Things to Say(2010) and many others. Read a poem by Kwame Dawes here.

  Michelle Boisseau & Hadara Bar-Nadav
Wednesday, February 25, 3 pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Michelle Boisseau was awarded a 2010 NEA fellowship. Her fourth book of poems,A Sunday in God-Years, was published in 2009 by University of Arkansas Press which also published her third,Trembling Air, a PEN USA finalist, 2003. Her textbook,Writing Poems (Longman), is in its 8th edition. She is professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Read a poem by Michelle Boisseau here.

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin, Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize from New Issues; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, awarded the Margie Book Prize. Her chapbook, Show Me Yours, was awarded the 2009 Midwest Poets Series Award. She is also co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th Edition. Recent awards include fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hadara is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Read a poem by Hadara Bar-Nadav here.


  Katie Bickham
Wednesday, March 11, 2 pm
Charno Room in the Student Union on UCM Campus

Katie Bickham's first book of poems, The Belle Mar,was selected by Alicia Ostriker as the winner of The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in April 2015 through LSU Univeristy Press. Katie's poems have appeared inThe Missouri Review, Deep South Magazine, The Road Not Taken: A Journal of Formal Poetry and elsewhere. Her work has won the The Missouri Review Editor's Prize. Katie teaches English and poetry at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana. Read a poem by Katie Bickham here.

  Alan Michael Parker & Aaron Burch
Tuesday, April 7, 3 pm
JCK Library Performance Corner on UCM Campus

Alan Michael Parker is author or editor of 12 books: the novels Cry Uncle(2006),Whale Man(2011), andThe Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, June, 2014); and the books of poemsDays Like Prose (1997),The Vandals (1999),Love Song with Motor Vehicles (2003),The Penates 2006),Elephants & Butterflies (2007),Ten Days, (2010, with painter Herb Jackson), and Long Division (2012). I have contributed as well to three scholarly works: as co-editor ofThe Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Poetry (1996), editor for North America of Who's Who in 20th Century World Poetry (2001), and editor ofThe Imaginary Poets (2006). His poems and stories have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic,The Paris Review, and Best American Poetry. He is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson University in Davidson, NC.

Aaron Burch is the editor of Hobart: Another Literary Journal, and the author of Backswing (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and the novella How to Predict the Weather, and How to Take Yourself Apart, How to Make Yourself Anew, winner of Pank’s First Chapbook Competition. Recent stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, New York Tyrant, Unsaid, elimae, and others.