Local Women: Cindy Hunter Morgan

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Occupation: Poet and Michigan State University professor Residence: East Lansing Family: Husband, Thad; son, Tommy Hobbies: Reading, carving linoleum blocks and camping. Poetry begins in observation and ends with imagination. Cindy Hunter Morgan, author of The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker, is familiar with this statement. When she’s not busy writing, she is sharing her knowledge of creative writing to students at Michigan State University. Her chapbook can be purchased at Mackerel Sky Gallery in East Lansing, at Schuler Books & Music in Okemos and at www.theledgemagazine.com. Q: How did you get involved with writing and chapbooks? A: I have been writing for a long time. In college, I knew that writing was a special part of my life. In 2008, when I left the Grand Rapids Symphony, I was able to concentrate on my first chapbook. Writing has allowed me to develop a deeper awareness and to see details of the world around me. Q: Tell us about your chapbook, The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker. A: A chapbook is a collection of multiple poems that share truths in their own way. It’s currently the hot thing for poets and has a great historical background. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker is 28 poems about imagined people. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker is the winner of The Ledge 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award and has been published in various journals. Q: How has your experience been teaching at Michigan State University? A: This is my first semester teaching creative writing at Michigan State University. A colleague in the English department approached me about the opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up. Teaching is unlike any job I’ve had before. It’s much more pleasurable and meaningful. It gives me an opportunity to think about poetry in new ways. Q: What was your favorite book growing up? A: My favorite book was The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. It’s about an artist and her granddaughter, Sophia, spending time together on an island in the gulf of Finland. My favorite children’s picture book was Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn. It’s about a boy who wants to build a community of tree houses for his friends. The illustrations in the book were just dreamy.
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