Poet opens BU’s Big Dog Reading Series

For Immediate Release: Sept. 5, 2013

BLOOMSBURG — Ann E. Michael, a poet whose works often are inspired by nature, will open Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 2013-2014 Big Dog Reading Series Wednesday Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main Street, Bloomsburg. The event is free and open to the public.

Michael, a resident of the Lehigh Valley, is the writing coordinator at DeSales University. The author of the books “More than Shelter” and “Water-Rites,” Michael was awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her libretto for Alla Borzova’s classical cantata “Majnun Songs” was nominated for an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters.

Michael’s poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Penn State University Press’ Pennsylvania anthology “Common Wealth.” Her reviews, articles and essays have appeared in “The Writer’s Chronicle,” Schuylkill Valley Journal, “Chain,” “Poets & Writers Inc.” and Poets’ Quarterly, for which she is a contributing editor. She also has appeared on public radio.

Bloomsburg University’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and the English department sponsor the Big Dog Reading Series. Other readings include fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins on Oct. 21, and, in 2014, a faculty reading in February, memoirist and poet Nick Flynn in March, and a student reading in April.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.