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Writers and managing writers festivals

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It is hard enough to be a writer but to run a writing festival is something else. Today we will be interviewing Karl Elder, the organizer of Great Lakes Writers Festival (http://greatlakeswritersfestival.org/) which takes place on Nov 4 and 5, 2010. The Great Lakes Writers Festival is free and open to the public. The annual event, hosted by Karl Elder, Lakeland’s Fessler Professor of Creative Writing, provides seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to talk with peers, to discuss their work, and to learn from the pros in workshops. Each year highly esteemed writers join the Lakeland community for conversations about their art and craft. In the past, we have been proud to have, among other outstanding featured writers, Mark Strand and Billy Collins, both of whom have served as Poet Laureate of the United States. Karl Elder is Lakeland College's Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence and serves as coordinator of the Great Lakes Writers Festival held annually at Lakeland, a liberal arts college near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and as facilitator of the Mead Public Library Poetry Circle in Sheboygan itself. Among his honors are a Pushcart Prize; the Chad Walsh, Lorine Niedecker, and Lucien Stryk Awards; and two appearances in The Best American Poetry. His most recent collections are Gilgamesh at the Bellagio from The National Poetry Review Award Book Series and The Houdini Monologues, appearing as a chapbook and accompanying CD from Word of Mouth Books, the imprint of his magazine, Seems. Several of his poems, including audio recordings, may be accessed at the Beloit Poetry Journal and qarrtsiluni websites.

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