Poet opens BU’s Big Dog Reading Series

BLOOMSBURG – Ann E. Michael, a poet whose works often are inspired by nature, will open Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 2013-14 Big Dog Reading Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Michael, a resident of the Lehigh Valley, is the writing coordinator at DeSales University. The author of the books “More than Shelter” and “Water-Rites,” Michael was awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Her libretto for Alla Borzova’s classical cantata “Majnun Songs” was nominated for an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters.

Michael’s poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Penn State University Press’ Pennsylvania anthology “Common Wealth.” Her reviews, articles and essays have appeared in “The Writer’s Chronicle,” Schuylkill Valley Journal, “Chain,” “Poets & Writers Inc.” and Poets’ Quarterly, for which she is a contributing editor. She also has appeared on public radio.

Bloomsburg University’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and the English department sponsor the Big Dog Reading Series. Other readings include fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins on Oct. 21, and, in 2014, a faculty reading in February, memoirist and poet Nick Flynn in March, and a student reading in April. For more information, contact Jerry Wemple, professor of English, at jwemple@bloomu.edu.