Visiting Writers Present Interactive Program

The next Visiting Writers Program event at Northern Michigan University will feature an interactive augmented and virtual reality installation comprised of poetry, documentary video and sound. Jen Scappettone and Judd Morrissey will speak about their project, Lament; Or, The Mine Has Been Opened Up Well, which is based on research in the Copper Country. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Northern Center.

The installation was developed in collaboration with artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan and writer/composer Mark Booth.  

Scappettone, associate professor at the University of Chicago, is the author of several books including her most recent publication, SMOKEPENNY LYRICHORD HEAVENBRED: Two Acts. She has won fellowships residencies and grants from several foundations including the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Center for Italian Modern Art.

Morrissey, associate professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, is the creator of digital literary works including The Precession: An 80 Foot Long Internet Art Performance Poem and My Name is Captain, Captain. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a Fulbright Scholar's Award in digital culture and more honors.

The NMU English Department, Math and Computer Science Department, and Extended Learning and Community Engagement are co-sponsoring the presentation. For more information, contact Rachel May, director of the Visiting Writers Program at

Prepared By

Molly Gaudreau
Student Writer