Campus Read presents John Smolens

March 29, 2016 4:30 pm @ 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Chapel of St. Matthew

The final of three author events for Finlandia University’s Campus Read 2016 will be Tuesday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Matthew. This event will be led by Marquette-based author John Smolens.

His new novel, Wolf’s Mouth, will be published by Michigan State University press in spring 2016. This book, along with his 2001 novel, Cold, are set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Smolens has nine other novels and a collection of stories, which along with reviews and essays, have appeared in publications such as The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, Redbook, Yankee, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe.

Smolens holds degrees from Boston College, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Iowa. Over the past 30 years, he has taught at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Northern Michigan University, where he is the former director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association. Smolens now writes full time and lives in Marquette.

Other Campus Read events include Andrea Scarpino, Upper Peninsula of Michigan Poet Laureate, on March 15, Sonny Longtine on March 22 and the grand finale event, Writers of Northern Persuasion Forum on April 9.

Learn more about Campus Read 2016 and see the full event schedule at

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