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Van Dam & Gagnon to Speak About Copper Country Profiles Tuesday, March 15

HANCOCK, MI - John Gagnon of Michigan Technological University and Suzanne Van Dam of Finlandia University will present a "Writers on Location" lecture Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., at the Finlandia University Chapel of St. Matthew, Hancock.

Their talk will focus on how place makes people, how people make place, and how to capture that interplay in words.

John Gagnon, a Copper Country native, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and history in 1969 from Wayne State University, and a master's degree in nonfiction writing at Northern Michigan University in 1992. He has worked as a journalist, carpenter, and publicist. Gagnon is the author of "Hard Maple, Hard Work," a collection of profiles of people who work with Upper Michigan's prized hard maple published by NMU Press in 1996.

Suzanne Van Dam, associate professor of English at Finlandia University, earned a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1987, 1992), and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Writing program (2009).  She has published a number of profiles about Copper Country residents in publications including "Ceramics Monthly," "Traverse Magazine," and "Further North."  She is currently working on a novel.

The presentation is part of the "Writers on Location" author series sponsored by Finlandia University and Hancock Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Writers on Location series, contact Suzanne Van Dam at suzanne.vandam@finlandia.edu.