BathHouse Literary Journal and Events

About BathHouse

The creative writing program’s BathHouse Journal and Events Series showcase multi-media approaches to writing, improvised and interactive performances, discussions on the role of art in contemporary life, exhibits, collaborations, and innovative writing by groundbreaking established writers and exciting new artists. Recent guests have come from all over the United States as well as Kenya, Russia, Canada, and England. With four to six events per year and over 200 attendees per event, BathHouse Events 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."”

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.

  • BathHouse Literary Journal

    The EMU Creative Writing Program publishes the online literary journal BathHouse, which is edited by students in the master's program and published twice per year.
  • BathHouse Events

    The Creative Writing Program's BathHouse Reading Series is LBC-approved and features writers and artists performing and discussing their 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

    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.

    Learn more about our recent guest readers or hear and see past readings and performances on the Creative Writing Program's YouTube page.

  • Contact Us

    For more information on the BathHouse Journal or Reading Series, contact Austin Bragdon in the EMU English Department 734.487.4220 or email Austin Bragdon.

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