Prolific poet and retired UWM professor Susan Firer has led a life focused on truth and beauty, and now her life is the subject of a feature film.
"Imprinted with Lake Light" will screen for free on Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library Central Library, Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St.
Susan Firer has spent all of her years within walking distance of Lake Michigan and has been deeply inspired by the massive body of water. Firer, who taught creative writing at UWM, published her sixth book, "The Transit of Venus," which was named as an "Outstanding Work of Poetry" by the Wisconsin Library Association's 2017 Literary Awards Committee.
Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Review, Ms. (Magazine), Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, and others. From 2008–2010 she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. In 2015, Firer was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry.
Filmmaker Carmelle Liepins created the movie. Liepens was born in Ireland and studied film at the Communications Center in Dublin, Memorial University and the Summer Institute of Film, Ottawa. She also produced "Christopher Pratt: His Art and Poetry," which won awards at both the New York Film and Video Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival in Nova Scotia.
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