The Creative Writing Program presents an Open Mic Poetry Night

The Creative Writing Program is hosting an Open Mic Poetry Night in the Honor’s College Auditorium on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm.

Sign-up sheets will be made available near the entrance of the Honor’s College Auditorium. The open mic sheet will be available from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Please arrive early to ensure a spot on the open mic list. The mic will open at 8:00pm.

Also, there will be a Creative Writing Student Organization sheet available for those interested in receiving more information about joining the organization.

The event is FREE to attend and open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students.

Recap: 2nd Fall 2017 BathHouse Event featuring Joanna Ruocco

Thank you to all of those in attendance at our 2nd Fall 2017 BathHouse event featuring Joanna Ruocco and a special thank you to all of those who participated in the discussion following her reading.  Pictures from the event are posted below. Keep in mind that we are still accepting submissions for reviews.

POETRY AT LITERATI: DONALD DUNBAR, CHRISTINE HUME, BECKY WIN

Our very own creative writing professor Christine Hume will be reading at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm, alongside two poets, Donald Dunbar and Becky Win. Literati Bookstore is located at 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Christine Hume is the author of The Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019), a lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, as well as three books of poetry. Her chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012), Atalanta: an Anatomy (Essay Press, 2016), and a collaboration with Jeff Clark, Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca, 2017). She teaches in the interdisciplinary creative writing program at Eastern Michigan University.

Question Like A Face, by Christine Hume and Jeff Clark, is the second in an ITI Press series of pocket-sized, hard-bound, image-text collaborations between a writer and a visual artist. In powerful prose, Christine Hume looks at gender violence and complicity within the intimate and immediate interiors of a small city in Michigan. Like any tale of power, this one begins with the careless dismissal of a whole life.

Compelled by the constantly defaced and reappearing face of a young black woman shot by a white cop, whose image is affixed to walls around her community, Hume summons her visage as a call to outrage against her own complacency and against the silence surrounding our culture’s unending violence against women, especially women of color. She writes, I am living in a city that proliferates a question like a face. Her face appears and disappears on civic surfaces, her face replaces a blank space; her face replaces the city, piece by piece, claiming it, because her face is half hidden, in the half-light of waiting, half blowing in the wind, half stuck to the present, near a house where my family lives, where a young girl can look at it and think “not me.” A sequence of domestic photographs from police evidence files–hauntingly selected and cropped by Clark, punctuate Hume’s accounts with their simple, familiar violence.

About Shot: In alternating currents of prose and verse, SHOT reaches beyond the tradition of the nocturne to illuminate contradictory impulses and intensities of night. SHOT inhabits the sinister, visionary, intimate, haunted, erotic capacities to see and hear things at night, in the fertile void containing our own psychological and physical darkness. Via Levinas who locates self-knowledge and ethical contract in insomnia, this darkness is one “stuck full of eyes.” Here the insomniac falls into a Beckettian pattern of waiting, in an inextricable dialogue with a selfhood that cannot settle down. In a perpetual play between empirical and abstract knowledge, tantrum and meditation, SHOT creates torque that drives beyond material experience.

Please click this link for more details. http://www.literatibookstore.com/event/poetry-literati-donald-dunbar-christine-hume-becky-win

 

Recap: Fall 2017 BathHouse Event featuring Janet Kauffman

Thank you to all who attended the 1st Fall BathHouse event featuring the artist Janet Kauffman. The event featured mixed media and poetry readings from Janet Kauffman’s upcoming project, “Eco-dementia”. Below you will find images of Janet and also, Linette Lao, who provided Janet and the audience with a lovely introduction.

Please note, we are still accepting submissions for reviews of the event. If you would like your review published on the site then please submit to aesshaki@emich.edu.

Also, please visit Janet Kauffman’s website for more information about her work.

http://www.janetkauffman.com/eco-dementia-project.html

Winter 2017 BathHouse Reading Series

The EMU Creative Writing Department was pleased to host Nathaniel Mackey and Ted Pearson for the Winter 2017 BathHouse Reading Series which took place on March 01, 2017 at 1:30pm in the Student Center Auditorium and March 02, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Honors College Auditorium. Both Nathaniel and Ted presented thought-provoking works that engaged the audience throughout the events. Please take a moment to view the photos below from the event.

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Chicago Poets Theater Festival

Chicago Poets Theater Festival features Gardener of Stars, an Opera by Carla Harryman

Gardener of Stars, an Opera with set design by Chicago artist Julia Klein, offers performances by musician and composer Jon Raskin (Bay Area) on micro electronics, concertina, saxophone, and as speaking and singing voice; Tania Chen (London, San Francisco) on piano and as speaking/singing voice; cris cheek (Cincinnati and creative writing professor at Miami of Ohio) as speaking and singing voice; and Carla Harryman (Detroit and creative writing professor at EMU) as speaking voice.

Gardener of Stars shares the festival bill with works by composer Robert Ahsley, and poets theater icons Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, and John Tipton.

Night three: December 9 information:
http://linkshall.org/BoxOfficeEvents/PoetsTheaterFestival/PoetsTheaterNight3/tabid/339/Default.aspx

Night four: December 10 information:
http://linkshall.org/BoxOfficeEvents/PoetsTheaterFestival/PoetsTheaterNight4/tabid/340/Default.aspx

Gardener of Stars, an Opera is supported with the help of the Eastern Michigan University Faculty Research Fund; EMU Dept. of English Language and Literature; National Performance Network; Links Hall; Sector 2337; and Kenning Editions.

Critic Heidi Bean on Carla Harryman’s poets theater:
http://muse.jhu.edu/article/403820

Harriett Blog preview of Chicago Poets Theater Festival:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/10/links-hall-sector-2337-present-second-annual-festival-of-poets-theater/

Literati Bookstore Reading: Thylias Moss

Author: Alasin Maynard

​In Ann Arbor, at the Literati Bookstore, there was a reading from Thylias Moss. This was one of the most interesting readings I have been to. Moss allowed the audience to choose which of her poems they would like for her read. The audience was free to ask questions and make comments throughout the reading, creating a dialogue between Moss and the audience. This dialogue created a personal connection between the speaker and the audience, and as audience member, that personal connection made the reading more powerful and enjoyable. It created an open atmosphere with a personal connection to the speaker and the poems.

When Moss was reading her poems, she was very expressive. Her voice changed when she read the poems as if she was taking a voice of a character, and she changed from soft to loud when she read certain parts. Instead of reading standing still, there was movement as she read them. This expression made it very interactive and visual, making it very powerful and creating a strong connection to it. It was also very interesting when she interrupted herself while she read the poem to explain something or to make a comment. These interruptions during the reading made it very interactive with the audience, and it gave the reading a unique and causal quality to it.
​In her poem, “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realties’ Red Dress Code” the words red and dress were switched around in different sentences in different ways. It was a very interesting way to play the language with those two words, and it gave the poem a sounding quality that was unique. In another poem “The Warmth of Hot Chocolate,” she had some very good and strange imagery such as “pure thoughts were the original cowboys”, and “my wings actually grow from my scalp.” She also put a new spun with human relationships to God that was very interesting, and the images described spoke for themselves. There was a new of view of God that I never heard of, and it included a new image of Him with wings. It broke the conventional views of God that I heard of, which was interesting to hear in a poem. It was very creative, descriptive, and had strong imagery.

​In another poem, Moss took peaches expanding the description and played with the word using phrases such as “peachy keen” or “Peaches of me.” She was using a peach’s physical characteristics, associations, and the word itself to create beautiful and playful language. It was amazing taking to have something like a peach and have it spun in all those different ways defamiliarizing the word peach.

​This was a very entertaining, powerful, and interesting reading. Moss has a very unique style of writing and reading that can’t be put a category. Her poems introduced new ways to break conventions, and different ways a reading can be performed. This interactive reading introduces new forms of writing. It made you think about new ways and forms you could create.