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Lakeland University will be hosting a pair of award-winning writers for two upcoming events.

Barton Sutter and Christian Wiman will be the featured writers for Lakeland's annual Great Lakes Writers Festival and for the university's annual Mission House Lecture.

The Mission House Lecture is Nov. 1 in Lakeland's Younger Family Campus Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. "So Many Ways of Saying God" will explore the ways faith is being remade for the modern age.

This program will feature a moderated dialogue between Wiman, a professor in religion and literature at Yale Divinity School, and Sutter, retired faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Superior and an award-winning poet from Minnesota.

The Great Lakes Writers Festival, set for Nov. 1-2, provides seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to talk with peers, to discuss their work and to learn from the pros in workshops.

The festival is hosted by Karl Elder, Lakeland's Fessler Professor of Creative Writing.

A complete festival schedule is available at greatlakeswritersfestival.org. Community members are invited to participate in all events, but are especially encouraged to attend readings and workshops. See the events page for information on workshops and contests.

Both the Mission House lecture and the Great Lakes Writers Festival are free and open to all.

Sutter was the winner of the Minnesota Book Award in three categories. He received a master's degree in creative writing from Syracuse in 1975 and for years worked as a printer and freelance writer and part-time instructor at various universities. In 2011, he retired from more than a decade of teaching full-time at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. His humorous, well-received, new book of poems is "Nordic Accordion."

Wiman is a poet and essayist who received a bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee. Wiman served as editor of Poetry magazine for 10 years. His latest book is "Selected Poems." His essay collections include "My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer" and "Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet." Wiman has taught at Stanford, Northwestern and now Yale Divinity School.

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