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General Education LBC approvedCreative Writing: BathHouse Reading Series

The Creative Writing Program's BathHouse Reading Series is LBC approved and features writers and artists performing and discussing there works as well as showcasing:

  • Multimedia approaches to writing.
  • Improvised and interactive performances.
  • Discussions on the role of art in contemporary life.
  • Exhibits.
  • Collaborations.
  • Innovative writing by groundbreaking established writers and exciting new artists.

With four-to-six events per year and over 200 attendees per event, the BathHouse Reading Series is an integral part of EMU's thriving undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing Programs. Student responses range from "mind-blowing," to "surprised, happily surprised, at how much more I understood by just listening and watching," to "captivating—I forgot I was at school."

NOTE: All events are FREE and open to the public.

Guest Readers

Recent guest readers have come from all over the United States as well as Kenya, Russia, Canada, and England. 

Click here for recent guest readers.

More guest readers
  • Will Alexander
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Dimitri Anastasopoulous
  • Chris Bachelder
  • Amiri Baraka
  • Dodie Bellamy
  • Charles Bernstein
  • Taylor Brady
  • Mary Caponegro
  • Paul Christensen
  • Jeff Clark
  • James Clifford
  • Clark Coolidge
  • Jayne Cortez
  • Bei Dao
  • Jill Darling
  • Michael Davidson
  • Rikki Ducornet
  • Rachel Blau Duplessis
  • Cornelius Eady
  • Kenward Elmslie
  • Clayton Eshleman
  • Brenda Flanagan
  • Arthur Flowers
  • Forrest Gander
  • Sergey Gandlevsky
  • Amy Gerstler
  • Steven Gillis
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Carla Harryman
  • Mikhail Iossel
  • Pierre Joris
  • Andrew Joron
  • Stefan Kiesbye
  • Rachel Levitsky
  • Sam Lipsyte
  • John Lucas
  • Nathaniel Mackey
  • Carole Maso
  • David Matlin
  • Phillip Metres
  • Josip Novakovich
  • Jason Ockert
  • Ron Padgett
  • Michael Palmer
  • Marjorie Perloff
  • Wang Ping
  • Claudia Rankine
  • Jed Rasula
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Davy Rothbart
  • Jerome Rothenberg
  • Camille Roy
  • George Saunders
  • Gary Snyder
  • Konrad Steiner
  • Deb Olin Unferth
  • Catherine Wagner
  • Binyavanga Wainaina
  • Diane Wakoski
  • Anne Waldman
  • Keith Waldrop
  • Rosmarie Waldrop
  • Eliot Weinberger
  • Benjamin Weissman
  • Joe Wenderoth
  • Laura Wetherington
  • Sara Williams
  • C.D. Wright
  • Jason Wright

To hear and see past readings and performances, visit the Creative Writing Program's YouTube channel.

Contact Us

For more information on the BathHouse Reading Series, contact Ann Esshaki in the EMU English Department 734.487. 4220 or email at aesshaki@emich.edu.

About BathHouse

Our name, "BathHouse," connotes hybridity and history, recalling the 19th-century sanatoriums, bathhouses, and mineral water wells that flourished in Ypsilanti, Michigan at the turn of the century. The "foul smelling" waters of the Atlantis well—in the vicinity of the current Jones-Goddard dorm on the EMU campus—were bottled and shipped nationwide and touted as a cure for 33 disorders of the blood, until the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. It also shares its name with BathHouse Journal the Creative Writing Program's online journal of hybrid literary art and hypermedia, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary and innovation.