All Events Will Take Place in Rackham Auditorium

11:00am – 6:00pm:  Book Fair in the Lobby
826michigan, Absinthe, Aunt Agatha’s, Canarium Books, Dzanc Books, Fiction Writers ReviewFortnightHobart, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Literati Bookstore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Midwestern Gothic, the Neutral Zone, New Issues, Nicola’s Books, Red Beard Press, SplitLevel, University of Michigan Press, Unsaid, Wayne State University Press, Xylem,

826michigan OMNIBUS Anthology Release and Reading: Elementary school writers affiliated with 826michigan read in conjunction with the release of their annual OMNIBUS anthology.

Youth and Collegiate Poetry Performance: Award-winning poets from the Neutral Zone’s VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, the University of Michigan’s MSlam Poetry team, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project perform original work.

The Art of Fact: Essayists Jonathan Cohn, Janet Kauffman, and Christine Montross talk with Eileen Pollack about crafting nonfiction that inspirits as it illuminates.

Letterpress Demo: Fritz Swanson of Manchester Press will demonstrate the art of letterpress in the lobby of Rackham.

Way up North in Michigan: novelists Ellen Airgood and Steve Hamilton join poet and essayist Anne-Marie Oomen in addressing the particular pleasures and challenges of writing about Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, in conversation with Keith Taylor.

The Haunted Past, The Strange Future: Robert James Russell, editor of Midwestern Gothic, will moderate a discussion on writing historical and speculative writing with novelist HGH Ariel Djanikian, playwright, poet, and novelist Bill Harris, and poet Gerry LaFemina.

Keynote: The day’s events will conclude with a keynote conversation featuring Carolyn Forché. Born in Detroit in 1950, poet, activist, translator, and teacher Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history. An articulate defender of her own aims as well as the larger goals of poetry, Forché is perhaps best-known for coining the term “poetry of witness.” She has won numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1997, she was presented with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for using her poetry as a “means to attain understanding, reconciliation, and peace within communities and between communities.”

The State of the Book literary symposium will be held in Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rackham Auditorium (915 E. Washington) is an historic art-deco building designed by William E. Kapp, an architect with Smith, Hinchman Grylls, one of Detroit’s largest architectural firms. The building was dedicated in June of 1938 and houses the Rackham Graduate School. In its many decades on the Michigan campus, the building has served as the site of numerous events, performances, and symposia, including the announcement of the Salk polio vaccine on April 12, 1955.