2016-2017 Academic Year

Kimberly Blaeser

November 15-18, 2016

Kimberly Blaeser, College of Saint Benedict class of 1977, is the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin. She is also a professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures.She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You.Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry.Blaeser is currently at work on a collection of "Picto-Poems" which combines her photographs and poetry.

Fanny Howe

January 23-27, 2017

Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose. Howe grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied at Stanford University. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice, as well as fellowships from the Bunting Institute and the MacDowell Colony. Her Selected Poems won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2008 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009.

Howe taught for almost 20 years in Boston, at MIT, Tufts University, and elsewhere, before taking a job at the University of California at San Diego, where she is professor emerita. In 2012, she was the inaugural visiting writer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her papers are housed at Stanford University. She lives in Massachusetts.

Susan Stewart, Ann Hamilton along with Michael Mercil

March 19-21, 2017

Susan Stewart is the author of five books of poetry, including Cinder: New and Selected Poems, which is this year’s Sister Mariella Gable award-winning book, as part of an annual collaboration between Graywolf Press and the LAI.  This retrospective collection presents the development of one of the most ingenious and moving lyric writers in contemporary poetry. A former MacArthur Fellow and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Stewart teaches at Princeton University.

Ann Hamilton is an internationally renowned visual artist known for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations. Last year Hamilton received the National Arts Medal from then President Obama, in addition to being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, the Heinz Award, and many other honors. She is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at The Ohio State University.

Susan Stewart and Ann Hamilton will be on campus to perform their collaborative pieces “Channel” and “Mirror” along with other works.

Susan Stewart will also be reading from her Sister Mariella Gable award-winning book, Cinder: New and Selected Poems.

Michael Mercil is a Professor in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. He received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 1988, and a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 1978. Mercil’s recent documentary Covenant: a film about farm animals (and us).