We're pleased to welcome Zilka Joseph to our At Home with Literati Series in support of her recent collection Sparrows and Dust. She'll be joined by Robert Fanning and John Freeman.
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Cal Freeman is the author of the book Fight Songs. His writing has appeared in many journals including Southword, The Moth, Passages North, Hippocampus, Southwest Review, and The Poetry Review. His poetry collection Poolside at the Dearborn Inn is forthcoming from R & R Press in 2022. He currently serves as writer in residence with Inside Out Literary Arts Detroit.
Robert Fanning is the author of six poetry collections, including four full-length collections: Severance (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2019), Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2017), American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press, 2016), and Old Bright Wheel(Ledge Press Poetry Award, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, THRUSH, Waxwing, The Atlanta Review, and many other journals. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is a Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the Founder and Facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series, and the Founder and Director of PEN/INSULA POETRY, a site for Michigan poets. He lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.
Zilka Joseph was awarded a Zell Fellowship (Zell MFA program) and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship (Centre for the Education of Women) from the University of Michigan. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart, and for a Best of the New, has won many honors, participated in literary festivals and readings, and has been featured on several radio programs and online interviews. Her work has appeared in POETRY, Poetry Daily, The Writers' Chronicle, Frontier Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, Asia Literary Review, Cha, Poetry at Sangam, Pratik, The Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Review Americana, Gastronomica, and in anthologies such as Cheers To Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, Uncommon Core, RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music, Matwaala Anthology of Poets from South Asia (which she co-edited), 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium and The Kali Project. Her chapbooks, Lands I Live In and What Dread, were nominated for a PEN America Beyond Borders and a Pushcart award respectively. Sharp Blue Search of Flame, her book of poems published by Wayne State University Press was a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book Award. Her third chapbook SPARROWS AND DUST (The Ridgeway Press) will be published in 2021. She teaches creative writing workshops, and is a freelance editor and manuscript advisor. She is dedicated to coaching, lifting up and encouraging every writer she works with, and creating a unique community of writers/students wherever she lives and teaches.