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Olivet College announces poet-in-residence
May 03, 2010

Rhoda Janzen has been named Olivet Colleges poet-in-residence for the 2010 Intensive Learning Term (ILT), according to an announcement by Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., Humanities Department chair and associate professor of humanities. The annual Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency is named after poets who visited Olivet in the 1930s and 40s.

During the colleges ILT session, which runs through Friday, May 14, Janzen will live on campus and teach a poetry writing class. She will also host two public events, including a reading of her work Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the colleges Burrage Library, and a lecture titled The Turning Point: Memoir and Reality TV, Wednesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at Burrage Library.

Janzen, who currently serves as associate professor of English at Hope College, teaches courses in 19th century American literature; creative writing, poetry and nonfiction; Modern English grammar; and American Modernism. She is author of the memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, which is currently ranked No. 2 on The New York Times Bestseller list, and Babels Stair, a collection of poetry.

Janzen is the recipient of many teaching, academic and writing honors, including being selected as a judge for the Great Lakes College Association Nonfiction New Writers Award and the Conference on Christianity and Literature Writing Competition, and finalist for the Iowa Awards Poetry Competition.

Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals, including Poetry, The Southern Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, International Poetry Review, Christian Century and Yale Review. Her poetry has also been included in several anthologies and academic publications.


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