Word²: Writer to Writer


Sweetland's Word Squared: Writer to Writer series lets you hear directly from University of Michigan professors about their challenges, processes, and expectations as writers and also as readers of student writing. Each semester, Word² pairs one esteemed University professor with a Sweetland faculty member for a conversation about writing.

Word² sessions take place at the Literati bookstore and are broadcast live on WCBN radio. These conversations offer students a rare glimpse into the writing that professors do outside the classroom. You can hear instructors from various disciplines describe how they handle the same challenges student writers face, from finding a thesis to managing deadlines. Professors will also discuss what they want from student writers in their courses, and will take questions put forth by students and by other members of the University community. If there's anything you've ever wanted to ask a professor about writing, Word² gives you the chance.


Previous Sweetland's Word²: Writer to Writer sessions

Bruce Conforth, holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, folklore, and American Studies (Indiana University) specializing in American traditional music. A faculty member of the University of Michigan’s Program in American Culture, he researches American Roots music, especially the country blues, and has established himself as one of the foremost experts on the life and music of blues great Robert Johnson. He teaches courses in the blues, folk music, and folk culture. He has published extensively, given numerous lectures and keynote addresses, and appeared on radio and TV stations worldwide. His most recent book is African-American Folksong and American Cultural Politics, and he is completing, with co-author Gayle Dean Wardlow, the definitive biography of Robert Johnson.

Phoebe Gloeckner is Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses in comic arts and interactive books. Her writing, drawing and illustration takes many shapes and forms, including A Child's Life and the extraordinary The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), which was recently adapted by Marielle Heller into a feature film that premiered at Sundance in January. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing work concerning the family of a murdered teenager living in Ciudad Juárez, a project that redefines boundaries not only between genres and mediums, but between author, reader and subject.

Laura Kasischke is the Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she has won a number of awards for her teaching, including the Henry Russel Award, 1923 Memorial Teaching Award, and a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. She has published nine collections of poetry and nine novels. Several of her novels have been made into feature length films--including THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES, starring Uma Thurman, and WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, starring Shailene Woodley. Her fiction has been translated into many languages, and her last four novels have been international best-sellers. For her eighth book of poetry she received the National Book Critics Circle Award. The collection was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Maria Cotera is an Associate Professor of American Culture, Latina/o Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her work focuses on US/Third-World feminist theory, Latina feminism, and the intellectual genealogies of women of color. Her book Native Speakers: Ella Cara Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovila Gonzalez Mireles and the Poetics of Culture won the NWSA Gloria Anzaldua Prize. Professor Cotera is currently working on a book titled Chicana por mi Raza: The Hidden History of Chicanas in the Second Wave. Recorded February 6, 2014.