Max Garland & Susan Firer


Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series. A free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theatre. Cash bar. Bar opens at 6 pm.

November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Max Garland is the author of The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition, and The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-2018 Brittingham Poetry Prize. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Michener Fiction fellowship, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and fellowships in both poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Born and raised in western Kentucky, where he worked as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, he is the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and current Writer-in Residence for the city of Eau Claire.



Susan Firer’s sixth and most recent book, The Transit of Venus, was named as an “Outstanding Work of Poetry” by the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2017 Literary Awards Committee. Her previous books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She has poems in numerous anthologies including Best American Poetry; Visting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press); The Cento: A collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press); and The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Review, jubilat, Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and others.

Bar opens at 6 pm
Open mic at 6:30 pm.
Reading begins after open mic.