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Join us for the Writing Out Loud author series! Writing Out Loud was created in 1984 with a grant from Indiana Humanities. Since then, more than 140 authors have appeared at the library. Programs are supported with funds by the Patrons of Writing Out Loud, Michigan City Public Library Endowment Fund, and The Friends of the Library.

Mark your calendar for this year’s Writing Out Loud events:

Author Anna-Lisa Cox – Saturday, September 24

Author Emily Gray Tedrowe – Saturday, October 8

Author Brando Skyhorse – Saturday, October 22

Poet Kaveh Akbar – Saturday, November 5

Anna-Lisa Cox
Author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 PM

The 38th season of Writing Out Loud begins with an appearance by author Anna-Lisa Cox. Cox is an award-winning historian of nineteenth-century America, with a special focus on the frontier and rural Midwest. She is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The New York Times. Her original research underpinned two exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Anna-Lisa’s recent book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality, was honored by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the best history books of 2018. She just completed a major project for the Library of Congress Folklife Center collecting oral histories from multi-generational African American farmers in the Midwest.

The Friends of the Michigan City Public Library will host a reception following the program.

Anna-Lisa Cox
Anna-Lisa Cox
book jacket - The Bone and Sinew of the Land

Emily Gray Tedrowe
Author of The Talented Miss Farwell
Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Talented Miss Farwell, Blue Stars, and Commuters. She earned a PhD in English Literature from New York University and a BA from Princeton University. She received an Illinois Arts Council award as well as fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. A frequent book reviewer for USA Today as well as other publications, Tedrowe also writes essays, interviews, and short stories.

The Friends of the Michigan City Public Library will host a reception following the program.

Emily Gray Tedrowe author photo
Emily Gray Tedrowe author photo

Brando Skyhorse
Author of The Madonnas of Echo Park
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM

Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park (Simon & Schuster, 2010), received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Take This Man: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, 2014) was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of the year. Skyhorse has also co-edited an anthology, We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America (Beacon Press, 2017). He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross Foundation, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and was the 2014-2015 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Washington at George Washington University. Skyhorse is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The Friends of the Michigan City Public Library will host a reception following the program.

Brando Skyhorse author photo
Brando Skyhorse author photo
The Madonnas of Echo Park book jacket

Kaveh Akbar
Author of Pilgrim Bell
Saturday, November 5, 7:30 PM

Kaveh Akbar is the author of Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf Press, 2021) and Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017; Penguin UK, 2018). He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). He is the editor of The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 110 Posts on the Divine. Kaveh is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, multiple Pushcart Prizes, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Civitella Rasnieri Fellowship. Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Kaveh currently serves as poetry editor for The Nation.

The Friends of the Michigan City Public Library will host a reception following the program.

Kaveh Akbar author photo
Kaveh Akbar author photo
Pilgrim Bell book jacket
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