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Meg Kearney at Mount Mary College


By Mandy Webster

Tonight I had the chance to attend a poetry reading featuring Meg Kearney at Mount Mary College. Kearney spoke a bit about her writing process and gave some background information on a few of her poems, but for the most part, the reading consisted of approximately 45 minutes of listening to her read her beautiful work.

Mount Mary’s Helfaer Hall was nowhere near as full as this award winning poet’s reading deserved. Her rich voice rang through the freshly painted hall, punctuated by the occasional low, muttered “Wow” from somewhere in my section of the audience.

Kearney read a selection of her own work, including poems with titles like “Creed” and “Ticket,” both of which may be read on her website. She also read from The Secret of Me (pictured at right,) a novel in verse which tells the story of an adopted teenager who struggles to understand where she fits in her family and her world. Read more…


Coming Events: Tim Dorsey, Meg Kearney

Home By Now By Meg KearneyA couple of coming author events you may be interested in:

  • Saturday, March 5 at 2:00, author Tim Dorsey at the Mystery One Bookstore. Dorsey is the author of the Serge A. Storms series featuring a vigilante serial killer fans can’t seem to get enough of. His latest installation, Electric Barracuda, lucky #13 in the series, was released in January. Mystery One Bookstore is located at 2109 N. Prospect on Milwaukee’s East Side.
  • Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30, poet Meg Kearney at Mount Mary College (Reservations Required.)  Kearney’s collection of poems entitled, Home By Now, was a winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award.  Kearney will be featured as part of the Mount Mary English department’s Writers on Writing series. The event will take place in Helfaer Hall, located on the Mount Mary College campus at 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway. Read more…

Read With Me: February Books

Cover of "Running With Scissors"

Cover of Running With Scissors

By Mandy Webster

Well, I am officially back to school for the spring semester, and I have a nice, heavy load of novels to read for my Literature & Humor – ENG 794.001 at Mount Mary College. Several of our February books are from my reading list for this course:

American Hardcore Author Visits Bay View

American Hardcore

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By Mandy Webster

One time promoter of legendary American hard core bands, Steven Blush, recently visited Bay View, Wisconsin to promote the release of his second edition book entitled, “American Hardcore: A Tribal History.” Blush was on hand Dec. 2 at Rush-Mor Records to discuss the impact of the DIY hard core movement on music today.

Rodolfo T. Piana III, a student at Mount Mary College, covered the event and wrote an engaging article for the Mount Mary student newspaper, *Arches. Piana discusses both the book and the book release in his article, DIY punk movement remembered: Hardcore resonates through recent music history.

At Blush’s book release, Piana had the opportunity to interview both Blush and a variety of other’s interested in the hard core movement, including Dan Kubinksi, the lead singer for Die Kreuzen. Read more…

“Books Unbound” Exhibit on Display at Marian Gallery

Cover of "Books Unbound"

Cover of Books Unbound

The Marian Art Gallery, located on the first floor of Mount Mary College’s Caroline Hall is currently hosting “Books Unbound.” Including artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Chicago area, the “Books Unbound” exhibit features works by The Binders Guild, a group of regional artisans who meet regularly to explore and create unbound art works in a variety of media.

According to the gallery’s website, “This exhibit, created by a group of regional artisans, gives shape, texture, medium and creative edges to the unbound structure of books.”

Works on display will feature a variety of mediums, including works which highlight techniques often used in book making. Other pieces include doorways cut into books.

Some of the pieces will be available for purchase. Sample images are located on the Marian Art Gallery website. Read more…

Angel and Macken to hold book signing at Mount Mary College

Janis Joplin photo taken from her Passport -- ...

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Authors, Ann Angel (“Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing,” “Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty“) and JoAnn Early Macken (“Waiting out the Storm,” “Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move“) are scheduled for a book signing at the Mount Mary College bookstore Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Angel and Macken both teach in the graduate professional writing program at Mount Mary College.

The Mount Mary bookstore is located at 2929 N. 92nd St. Milwaukee, WI 53222

For more information, contact Timothy S. Sternke, Textbook Manager at the Mount Mary College Bookstore  414-258-4810 x272

Professor’s favorite books

Professors at Mount Mary College discuss their own favorite reads in this article from the MMC student newspaper, Arches:

Here’s an excerpt from reporter, Michael Riedlinger’s article, Professor’s Favorite Books:

As we approach mid-term at Mount Mary College, students and professors alike peruse textbooks, journals and research articles in their various subjects with diligence. Sometimes it is easy reading that can be for enjoyment too. We asked several Mount Mary professors about their favorite books. This is what they had to say.

Dr. Wendy Weaver, English Department:

A little naive and a little over-influenced by her reading, Catherine Morland, the heroine of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” makes that novel one of my all-time favorites. Because it is a novel about reading, it enriches just about any class I teach it in. It has an added feature in that in addition to offering readers Austen’s characteristic insight into human nature, it also quite amusingly parodies the traditional Gothic novel.

Ann Angel, English department:

I have so many favorite books! “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Unless” by Carol Shields, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. I think each of these books contains a subversive element, and each of these writers seeks to make the world a better place by connecting readers to actions and thoughts that lead to change. The books have taught me to encourage students to write work that explodes genre and becomes art – work that can change the world. Read More…