Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – Beverly Matherne, a Northern Michigan University English professor and the director of the MFA program in creative writing, will discuss and present her research and prose poetry on Antoine Laumet de Lamothe-Cadillac from 3:10 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Gries Hall room 167 at NMU. The presentation is a part of the psychology departmentÂ’s 2002-2003 Colloquia Series, “Discourses from the Academy.”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Matherne was one of 36 Francophone writers invited to write on Cadillac, founder of Detroit, in honor of DetroitÂ’s tricentennial celebration last July. She spent May and June in France doing field research on Cadillac and writing about his life in French prose poems. She and the other writers presented their works at “Le Tricentenaire” in Windsor.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Matherne also translated her poems into English for a bilingual volume, “Trois siècles de vie françoise au pays de Cadillac.” The book was recently published and released by Les Éditions Sivori. The book celebrates the continuing presence of French in the poetry and fiction of North America as well as the history of colonial Detroit during the height of the French fur trade.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman