The Northwoods & Donald Jordan Reading Series

Join us for this collaborative reading series featuring faculty from the Minnesota Northwoods Conference and writers chosen by the Creative Writing Program at Columbus State University!

Faith Adiele

Memoirist, Essayist

James Han Mattson

Fiction Writer

March 12, 2021

Faith Adiele & James Han Mattson

8pm Eastern / 7pm Central


Donald L. Jordan

Fiction Writer

John Murillo

Poet

February 12, 2021

Donald L. Jordan & John Murillo

8pm Eastern / 7pm Central


Debra Jo Immergut

Fiction Writer

Jennifer Foerster

Poet

November 13, 2020

Debra Jo Immergut & Jennifer Foerster

8pm Eastern / 7pm Central


J. Drew Lanham

Essayist, Memoirist, Poet

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Fiction Writer

October 23, 2020

J. Drew Lanham & Lucy Jane Bledsoe

8pm Eastern / 7pm Central


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In addition to founding the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence, Donald Jordan has published five books, and received the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Forest Stewardship Award, which states that his practices "leave the world a better place... for those who will follow."


About our Programming

Northwoods & Donald Jordan
Reading Series Collaboration

This past April, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference staff decided to move the conference from the northwoods to an online format for the safety of our communities in this global COVID pandemic. We thoughtfully redesigned the conference for online delivery, and we brought our conference community together virtually despite the pandemic. We were also able to offer our Evening Reading Series to the public via Zoom. After the MNWC's success in pivoting to a remote conference in June, it became clearer that little could stop writers from coming together.

Earlier this fall, Dr. Allen Gee, the Donald L. Jordan endowed professor at Columbus State University, approached MNWC about collaborating to host an online reading series to reach both our communities and beyond.

Donald L. Jordan, a prominent Columbus businessman, is responsible for the Donald L. Jordan Endowed professorship at CSU. The endowment provides annual service trips abroad for ten undergraduate students, funding for a writing conference, and is responsible for the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence, a $10,000 annual award which includes a publication contract under a new imprint, DLJ Books. Mr. Jordan has always loved the arts, and in particular, painting and writing. He published two novels this past year, Negative Space, and Fearfully & Wonderfully Made, and continues to write whenever time allows.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.