At Home with Literati: Recent Pushcart Recipients

Monday, January 17, 2022 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Ron Riekki, Kurt Luchs, Khaled Mattawa, David Baker, and Lydia Conklin to our At Home with Literati Series in support of their Pushcart Prize-winning recent work. The event will be moderated by U of M student Jamie McCarthy.

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Ron Riekki’s books include My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Apprentice House Press), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), and U.P. (Ghost Road Press).  Riekki co-edited Undocumented (Michigan State University Press) and The Many Lives of The Evil Dead (McFarland), and edited The Many Lives of It (McFarland), And Here (MSU Press), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (MSU Press, Independent Publisher Book Award), and The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (Wayne State University Press, Michigan Notable Book).  Riekki wrote the screenplay for Thank You for Your Teeth! (which screened at 109 theaters in France) and America (which was distributed throughout Greece). 

Kurt Luchs ( has poems published in Plume Poetry Journal, The Sun Magazine, and London Grip. He won the 2022 Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2019 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. He has written humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. His humor collection, It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny) (2017), and his poetry collection, Falling in the Direction of Up (2021), are published by Sagging Meniscus Press. He lives in Portage, Michigan.

Lydia Conklin is the Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Fiction at the University of Michigan. They’ve received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the James Merrill House, and elsewhere. Their fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, and The Paris Review and is forthcoming in One Story and VQR. Their story collection, Rainbow Rainbow, will be published in May 2022 by Catapult in North America and Scribner in the UK.

David Baker's many honors include fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. The recipient of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, Baker teaches at Denison University and lives in Granville, Ohio.

Khaled Mattawa is the author of five collections of poetry. A MacArthur Fellow, he teaches at the University of Michigan.

Jamie McCarthy is a Junior studying English at the University of Michigan. She will also be applying to the fiction writing sub-concentration in February. Jamie writes predominantly flash and other short-form fiction while interning with The Adirondack Review
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By Bill Henderson (Editor)
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Published: Pushcart Press - December 7th, 2021