Great Lakes Shipwrecks Inspired Local Poet's New Collection

Monday, April 17, 2017, 7:56 am
By: 
Peyton Lombardo

A reading will be held on MSU’s campus for Cindy Hunter Morgan’s newest book on April 19. The award-winning book, “Harborless,” is a collection of poems about shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.

The project actually began years back, when Hunter Morgan wrote her first poem about a shipwreck. “I wrote a poem that mentioned the sinking of the America, a steamer that made regular runs to Isle Royale,” she said. “I knew then that I wanted to think more about Great Lakes shipwrecks. They've fascinated me for a long time… I think this project was swirling inside me a long time.”

Her biggest challenge was simply finding time to write. From start to finish, the book took a little over a year to write. “I was disciplined” she said. “There were plenty of times I would have preferred watching a movie!”

Hunter Morgan also mentioned the ideal location for the upcoming reading. “The theater in Snyder-Philips is a great place to gather to hear poetry, and the receptions after these events are a nice time to continue conversations that often begin in the theater during the reading,” she said. “It will be a pleasure to share an evening of poetry with friends and students and family and strangers.”

Poetry, she says is important for everyone, not just literature-minded people. “We need poetry in our lives -- whether we are electricians or doctors or landscapers or accountants or bus drivers or waitresses or ministers. We need poetry in our lives to be fully human,” she stated. “These events offered through the RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU are successful, in part, because they give us something we need.”

Hunter Morgan has lived in East Lansing for sixteen years. “It's a great place to live. I use the MSU campus as a giant park, and I love my neighborhood and my neighbors.”

“Harborless” earned Hunter Morgan a 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. The prize includes a month-long residency in Ireland that gives her an opportunity to continue her writing, which includes a historical research-based project.

The reading will take place Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the RCAH Theater of Snyder/Phillips Hall. The event is free, and parking is free across the street in the Psychology lot.

Snyder/Phillips Hall is located at 362 Bogue Street on MSU's campus in East Lansing.

 

Note: This article was corrected with regard to the location of Snyder/Phillips Hall.