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Writers Series gets underway

Posted on August 31, 2010

The Grand Valley State University Writers Series gets underway in September with a stunning line-up of local and international writers coming to the Allendale Campus. All events are open to the public with free admission. For more information on the GVSU Writers Series, contact Austin Bunn, assistant professor of writing, at (616) 331-3601.

Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang 

Monday, September 13, 3-4:15 p.m., Room 2216 Kirkhof Center

The poet from Ghana was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Grand Valley for the 1999-2000 academic year. He currently teaches literature at the University of Cape Coast. For more information, contact Mark Schaub, director of the Barbara H. Padnos International Center, at (616) 331-3898. 


Jack Ridl 

Thursday, September 16, 5:30 p.m., Room 2215 Kirkhof Center

Ridl is professor emeritus at Hope College where he founded the Visiting Writers Series. In 2008 the Institute for International Sport named him one of the 100 most influential people in sports, and named his book Losing Season as best sports education book for 2009. 


Khaled Mattawa 

Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m., Room 2263 Kirkhof Center

Born in Benghazi, Libya in 1964, Khaled Mattawa immigrated to the U.S. when in his teens. The author of four books of poetry, most recently Tocqueville (2010), Mattawa has translated eight volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. For more information, contact visiting professor Amy McInnis Norkus in the Writing Department, at, or (616) 331-8719. 


Adam Schuitema 

Tuesday, September 28, 7-8 p.m., GVSU Alumni House 

Adam Schuitema is the author of the book Freshwater Boys. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. 

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