About Flatman

“Trump didn’t just unleash a virus on our country. Trump is a virus in our country.”

Flatman follows the outrages of the Trump administration from September 2018 forward, from his first playground taunts of ABC reporter Cecilia Vega through his helpful suggestions to water-bomb an 800-year-old cathedral.

From “Flatman” to “The Parasite,” this chapbook chronicles the reign of a villain in villanelles – and other poetic forms.

Associate professor of writing at MSU, Cheryl Caesar spent 25 years living in Paris, Tuscany and the Republic of Ireland. She gives readings locally of her protest poetry, and serves on the board of the Lansing Poetry Club. Last year she won third prize in the Singapore Unbound international poetry contest for a poem on climate change, and this March she won the “no age limit” scholarship to the Fine Arts Writing Center Social Justice workshop in Provincetown MA offered by Indolent Books, publisher of the protest poetry blog What Rough Beast.

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About Cheryl Caesar

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Cheryl Caesar lived in Paris, Tuscany and Sligo for 25 years; she earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the Sorbonne and taught literature and phonetics. She now teaches writing at Michigan State University. She gives poetry readings locally and serves on the board of the Lansing Poetry Club. Last year she published over a hundred poems in the U.S., Germany, India, Bangladesh, Yemen and Zimbabwe, and won third prize in the Singapore Poetry Contest for her poem on global warming. She also won a scholarship to the Social Justice workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., awarded by Indolent Books. Her work is appearing soon in an anthology of Reo Town readers from Lansing. She has been swimming with wild dolphins, and it is one of the high points of her life.

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Highland Park Poetry

Flatman in the media. Airdate:

College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University

Flatman in the media. Airdate: 2020-07-16

The Blue Nib

Flatman in the media. Airdate: 2020-06-11

The Mark Literary Review

Flatman in the media. Airdate: 2020-05-15

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