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English Department Spring Reading

Join the English Department as we celebrate recently published creative writing by GRCC English Department Faculty.

We are a department that writes!

For 2021, the 'Spring' Reading will be presented virtually in February.  

Thursday, February 4 - 7 p.m.

  • 7 p.m. - Readings begin, featuring four GRCC faculty authors, listed below.
  • 7:45 p.m. - Q & A with Authors 

This virtual reading features poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by:

  • Alyssa Jewell
  • Nora Neill 
  • Carly Parker-Plank
  • Michael Sikkema 

Author Bios follow. 

Alyssa Jewell

Alyssa Jewell has taught ESL and composition courses at GRCC for ten years. She coordinates the Poets in Print Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and screens manuscripts for New Issues Poetry and Prose. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from Western Michigan University in 2017 and was the recipient of the Herb Scott Award for Excellence in Poetry. She also holds an M.Ed. in TESOL from GVSU. Alyssa's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2016, Colorado Review, The Columbia Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Quarterly West, among other publications.

Recent Publications from Alyssa Jewell:

  • "Georgia O'Keeffe Makes a Life for Herself" (phoebe, Winter 2020)
  • "Elegy with Photograph of a Greenhouse" (Poet Lore, Winter 2020)
  • "Love Poems to Accompany the Photographer's Posthumous Exhibit" and "Winter Road" (Tupelo Quarterly, Fall 2019)
  • "Baptism" (Third Coast, Fall 2019)
  • "Lake Effect" (Spillway, Fall 2019)
  • "Photograph of the United States of America" (Sonora Review, Fall 2019)
  • "Old Neighborhoods" (North American Review, Summer 2019)
  • "The Grand" (reprinted from Colorado Review in Poets to Come: Walt Whitman's 200th Birthday Anthology, Summer 2019)
  • "Family and a Few Close Friends Won't Think Much of It" (Portland Review, Summer 2019)
  • "Elegy with an Excess of Splendor" (The Pinch, Summer 2019)
  • "July Night" and "Incantation" (Western Humanities Review, Summer 2019)


Nora Neill

Nora Neill teaches composition at Grand Rapids Community College where she enjoys working with a diverse student body. When she was a kid, Nora dressed up as a writer for Halloween. She now attempts to make that childhood dream a reality by capturing actual memories and fictional worlds. Nora lives in a historic home in Kalamazoo with her wife, daughter and cats. You can find her writing in Midwestern Gothic, So Glad They Told Me, and Plainsongs.

Recent Publications from Nora Neill:


Carly Plank

Carly Parker-Plank holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and has recently published work in The Crab Orchard Review and Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature. She teaches at Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College. She is currently working on a memoir about her four years working at Wendy's.

Recent Publications from Carly Parker-Plank:


Michael Sikkema

Michael Sikkema is the author of 5 full length books of poems, most recently You've Got a Pretty Hellmouth from Trembling Pillow Press. He is also the author of several chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks, and a handful of country songs. His poetry has been published in the U.S., Great Britain, and Germany. He edits Shirt Pocket Press, and teaches at GRCC and the Creative Youth Center.  

Recent Publications from Michael Sikkema:


Note: Michael Miller, originally scheduled to read during the Spring 2020 event (canceled due to the Covid pandemic), will be featured during a future on-site reading. Until then, we celebrate Miller's recent publications here. 

Mike Miller

Michael D. Miller is an adjunct professor and NEH medievalist summer scholar, and he authored the Realms of Fantasy RPG for Mythopoeia Games Publications. His poetry has appeared in Spectral Realms, scholarly articles in Lovecraft Annual, reviews in Dead Reckonings and Dim Shores, and essays in Crackpot Press and Marchxness.

Recent Publications from Michael D. Miller: