UW-Green Bay to welcome noted writer, editor for series of public events

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome a noted fiction writer, editor — and vendor at Chicago’s Wrigley Field — for a series of public events Monday, April 9 on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Mike Czyzniejewski is the author of numerous stories that have been published in a variety of noted literary reviews and magazines. His story collection, Elephants in Our Bedroom, was published in 2009, and his newest work, Chicago Stories – 40 Dramatic Fictions is newly published. Author Aimee Bender has described Czyzniejewski’s writing as “both wry-funny and absurd-funny, plunging into the everyday and the outrageous — here’s a bouquet of bright and fun-to-read stories.”

Czyzniejewski was born in Chicago and grew up in its south suburbs. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, and now teaches there while editing the Mid-American Review. He also works as a vendor at Wrigley Field, selling everything from soda and peanuts to hot dogs and beer. Czyzniejewski lives in Bowling Green with his wife and son.

Czyzniejewski will be featured at the following events on Monday, April 9. Each will take place in the Christie Theatre of UW-Green Bay’s University Union, and each is free and open to the public.

Writing workshop, 1-2 p.m.: Czyzniejewski will lead participants through a creative writing exercise.

Fiction reading and Q & A, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Copies of Czyzniejewski’s two story collections will be available for signing and cash purchase.

What’s next? A panel discussion about careers in editing and journal design, 4-5 p.m.: Discussion will feature Czyzniejewski, along with Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Busse (poet laureates of Madison and co-editors of the journal Verse Wisconsin) and Rana Husseini (human rights advocate and award-winning journalist for the Jordan Times).

All three events are sponsored by the Campus Writers’ Union, Sheepshead Review and the Department of Humanistic Studies.


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