October 6 - (Saturday) University of Michigan State of the Book event. Press Release: Fiction Writers Review and the University of Michigan's MFA Program in Creative Writing will co-host a day-long literary symposium in Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus to celebrate Michigan's great writers and the state's enduring literary traditions by declaring Michigan "The State of the Book." We will do so with a series of public events that showcase the state's leading literary stars, in partnership with several of the state's leading non-profit literary organizations: 826michigan, Dzanc Books, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, The National Writers Series, and The Neutral Zone. The events will also feature the work of the next generation of writers that these organizations serve and support. Doing so will allow us to highlight the future artists of our literary state, as well as its current notable authors.
Panel: "Writing Michigan(s)," which will take place mid-afternoon on Saturday with Keith Taylor as moderator.
October 24-25 Wabash College, Indiana. (Event arranged by Blue Flower Arts)
October 27 - Casual writer's workshop for Literature for All of Us members! (Closed attendance, 3-6pm)
November 7 - 7 pm The Box Factory - Reading poetry with the fabulous Susan Ramsey.
November 9 - Michigan Library Association Author of the Year event, Dearborn, Michigan - BJC speaks and accepts award.
November 12 - New York City, 92nd Street Y, reading with BJC and Barbara Kingsolver.
January 6-16 Seaside residency for Pacific University.
January 27 - Drink with readers at Old Dog Tavern for M-Live Book Club.
January 31 - M-Live Book Club event (BJC not actually attending)
February 11 - Visit with Elizabeth Kerlikowske at Kellogg Community College.
March 1 - Kalamazoo Art Hop, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center - This will be the opening of a month-long exhibit of artwork created with poetry and letter press work by many Kalamazoo writers and artists for a project called "The Divine Hours," and BJC is a part of this gang.
March 2013 AWP in Boston March 6 - 9
March 14, 2013 Mother-Daughter Reading at
· March 21 - poetry reading at the Van Deusen Room at KPL (as part of the Divine Hours Project)
April 10-12 Ohio University Spring Lit Fest, Athens, Ohio (arranged by Blue Flower Arts).
August 5 - 16 2013 Upper Peninsula Bookstore tour from Sault Saint Marie to Copper Harbor. (more info to come.)
September 20-21 Kentucky Women's Writers Conference
September - University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.
October 23-24 Owens Community College in Toledo and
October 24-25 Bowling Green State University reading and Friday morning class visit.
(The photo above was taken at 2012 Story Week in Chicago, and these were some fabulous Columbia College students. Let me know if you know their names.)