Creative Writing Program Presents "Five on Fiction"

LBC Approved Event
LBC Approved Event


The Creative Writing program is hosting a public reading event to showcase current and former faculty’s recently published works of fiction on Saturday, September 14 at 2 p.m. in the EMU Student Center Auditorium. Scheduled speakers are:

  • Polly Rosenwaike (2007-2018)
  • Christina Milletti (2001-2004)
  • Amanda Goldblatt (2011-2012)
  • Joe Sacksteder (2009-2014)
  • Matt Kirkpatrick (2014-present) 

Polly Rosenwaike is the author of the story collection Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday, 2019). She has published stories in The O. Henry Prize Stories, Glimmer Train, New York Magazine’s “The Cut,” New England Review, Colorado Review, and other magazines. Her reviews and essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times Book Review, Lit Hub, and The Millions. Polly has taught creative writing to college students at Eastern Michigan University and to elementary and middle school students through Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program and Hugo House. Currently, she serves as fiction editor for Michigan Quarterly Review and works as a freelance editor. Polly lives in Ann Arbor. Visit Polly Rosenwaike's website.

Christina Milletti’s novel Choke Box: a Fem-Noir won the Juniper Prize for Fiction (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019). Her fiction and articles have appeared in many journals and anthologies, such as Harcourt's Best New American Voices, the Iowa Review, The Master's Review: Best Emerging Writers, Denver Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Studies in the Novel, and Fiction’s Present: Situating Narrative Innovation (among other places). Her first book, The Religious & Other Fiction (a collection of stories) was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, and she has recently completed a new collection, Now You See Her, with the help of a fellowship from UB’s Humanities Institute and a residency at the Marble House Project. She is an associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo where she is the director of the Creative Writing Program and co-curates the Exhibit X Fiction Series. Visit Christina Milletti's website.

Amanda Goldblatt's work can lately be found at NOON, Fence, and Diagram. She is a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, and teaches creative writing at Northeastern Illinois University. Her debut novel is Hard Mouth, an adventure novel about grief, (Counterpoint, 2019). Amanda lives in Chicago. Visit Amanda Goldblatt's website.

Joe Sacksteder earned his master's degree. from Eastern Michigan University in 2011 and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. His story collection, "Make/Shift," won the 2017 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature from Sarabande Books. His album of audio collages and collaborative videos, Fugitive Traces, was released by Punctum Books in 2016, and his work has appeared in such publications as Salt Hill, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, Passages North, and Denver Quarterly. His debut novel, "Driftless Quintet," won the 2018 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and is forthcoming from Schaffner Press in October 2019. He is the director of creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Visit Joe Sacksteder's website.

Matt Kirkpatrick’s recent novel is The Ambrose J. and Vivian T. Seagrave Museum of 20th Century American Art (Acre Books 2019). He is also the author of the short story collection Light without Heat (FC2, March 2012) and the novella The Exiles (Ricochet Editions, 2013). His writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Rumpus, The Believer Logger, The Common, Puerto del Sol, Web Conjunctions, Western Humanities Review, DIAGRAM, the Notre Dame Review, Unsaid, Five Chapters, and Denver Quarterly. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utah, and is an associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.