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Two authors will visit Lakeland College to share their talents as part of the 16th annual Great Lakes Writers Festival, the college’s annual celebration of the written word.

Nick Lantz and Allyson Goldin Loomis will be spotlighted throughout the two-day event, which features readings and workshops with the guest authors and members of Lakeland’s faculty.

The festival welcoming, including readings by the featured writers, is Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Lakeland College’s Bradley Theatre. The event is free and is open to the public. Area high school students will attend programming with the authors on Friday, Nov. 8.

Lantz authored two recent collections of poetry. “We Don’t Know We Don’t Know” (Graywolf, 2010) won the Bead Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize, the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. “The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House” (University of Wisconsin, 2010) was selected by Robert Pinsky for the Felix Pollak Prize. A native of Berkeley, Calif., he currently teaches in the MFA program at Sam Houston State University, where he is the poetry editor of the Texas Review. Learn more online at

Goldin Loomis’ fiction and nonfiction have appeared in “Glimmer Train,” “Pleiades,” “Harper’s Magazine” and the “Nashville Review” among other fine publications. For the past 10 years, she has served as a professor of English and creating writing at The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. A Los Angeles native, she began her Wisconsin career as the J.C. & Ruth Halls Fellow with the Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in teaching creative writing and contemporary literature. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and bachelor degrees in English literature and philosophy from Boston University.

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