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Case Writers-in-Residence Presented Virtually April 8

March 16, 2021

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MACOMB, IL -- The Western Illinois University Department of English will host the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Case Writers-in-Residence, in a virtual format, Thursday, April 8.

This year's writers include Jennifer Militello, Crisosto Apache and Marianne Boruch. A question and answer session will be held over Zoom from 3-4 p.m. To obtain the link, email English Professor Erika Wurth at

A reading by the authors will be streamed through the WIU English department's Facebook page from 5-6 p.m.

• Militello is the author of the poetry collection "The Pack," and the memoir "Knock Wood," winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize, as well as four previous collections of poetry, including "A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments," called "positively bewitching" by "Publishers Weekly," and "Body Thesaurus," named one of the best books of 2013 by "Best American Poetry." Her writing has appeared in the "American Poetry Review," "Best American Poetry," "Best New Poets," "The Nation," "The New Republic," "The Paris Review," "POETRY" and "Tin House." She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.

• Apache is originally from Mescalero, NM, on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and currently lives in the Denver, CO metro area with his spouse. He is Mescalero Apache, Chiricahua Apache, and Diné (Navajo) of the 'Áshįįhí (Salt Clan) born for the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan) and is an assistant professor of English at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. His debut collection is titled "GENESIS" and he has poems in "Denver Quarterly," "Hawaii Review," "Red Ink Magazine" and "Cream City Review."

• Boruch's 10th poetry collection is "The Anti-Grief." Her "Bestiary Dark," due out from Copper Canyon Press this October, is based on her research as a recent Fulbright Scholar in Australia where she observed that continent's astonishing wildlife. Her prose includes three essay collections about poetry, and a memoir, "The Glimpse Traveler." A former Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, she has also been an artist-in-residence at two National Parks, Denali and Isle Royale. Gone rogue and emeritus from Purdue University in 2016, she continues to be on faculty at the Graduate Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

The series is sponsored by the WIU Department of English, the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence program and the WIU College of Arts and Sciences.

The Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence supports bringing national writers of poetry and fiction to WIU each year.

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