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  • Tom McGrath Visiting Writer Series

    Now the long freight of autumn goes smoking out to the land. My possibles are all packed, but still I do not leave. I am happy enough here, where Dakota drifts wild into the universe...
    —Tom McGrath, from Beyond the Red River Valley

    Support the McGrath Visiting Writers Series
    Named in honor of the late Thomas McGrath, an internationally recognized and award-winning author who taught at Moorhead State University from 1969-1983, the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series brings to campus some of the finest contemporary writers to read and share their work with students, faculty and the community. The series has featured more than 150 featured writers and sponsored or supported more than 50 other writers and events since its inaugural season.

    More than 10,000 people have attended these free, public events during the series’ 29-year history. The series also sponsors readings by writers from the MSU Moorhead faculty and from the region upon publication of their new books; the annual publication reading of the campus literary magazine, Red Weather; and writers visiting under the auspices of the Visiting Scholar’s Program, the Convocation Committee, New Rivers Press, and the Glasrud Lecture Series.

    Some of the many distinguished visiting writers have included U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; Pulitzer Prize winners Carol Shields and Ted Kooser; National Book Award Winners Robert Bly and William Stafford; and National Book Critics Circle Award winners Louise Erdrich and B.H. Fairchild.

    Upcoming Events

    Reading Featuring Heid E. Erdrich

    Monday, November 30, 2015 | 4:30 p.m. | Livingston Library Porch 

    Heid E. Erdrich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (2012). Heid’s most recent book is a nonfiction work, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest (2013). Her writing has won awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, The Loft Literary Center, and First Peoples Fund. Her book National Monuments won the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. In 2013 she was named a City Pages Artist of the Year. A filmmaker, independent scholar and curator, playwright, and founding publisher of Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher, she teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at Augsburg College. Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, lives in the Twin Cities, and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

    Co-sponsored by the American Indian Student Association/American Indian Research and Resource Center.