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Lakeland University will welcome two accomplished authors to its 20th annual Great Lakes Writers Festival, a celebration of writing and reading that is set for Nov. 2-3 on Lakeland's main campus.

Kevin McFadden and Emily Ruskovich will join the Lakeland community for conversations about their craft and they will read from their work. The event, hosted by Lakeland Fessler Professor of Creative Writing Karl Elder, provides seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to learn from professional writers and share and discuss their work with peers.

Community members are invited to participate in all events, but are especially encouraged to attend readings and workshops. All events are free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule, visit the events page at

McFadden's "Hardscrabble," won the George Garrett Award for poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a New Writers Award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association. His book arts collaborations include "Anticism! A Manifesto," "Jefferson Reappraised" and "City of Dante."

A contributor to "Seems," McFadden's poems also appear in American Letters & Commentary, "Fence," Kenyon Review, "Ploughshares" and Poetry. He works for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Emily Ruskovich

Ruskovich, who grew up in the mountains of northern Idaho, is author of "Idaho," released this year by Random House, already in its second printing. She is an O. Henry Award winner for "Owl."

She graduated from the University of Montana and received additional degrees from the University of New Brunswick and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was a James C. McCreight Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction has appeared in "Zoetrope," "One Story" and The Virginia Quarterly Review.

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