Literary Arts Events: May 3 – May 9

More literary events taking place this week, brought to you courtesy of grad student Aylen Rounds.  If you have something for next week’s calendar, drop Aylen a note at  aylen.rounds @ by Sunday, May 8.
Tuesday, May 3

7-9 p.m. –  Inside Out presents a Night with poet Jimmy Santiago Baca – Hear how poetry transformed award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca from a young man sentenced to a maximum security prison stint into a metaphor for the power of language and self-expression. Suggested $5 donation. Proceeds benefit Detroit’s 2011 Youth Poetry Slam.  Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit.
6 p.m. – Open Mic night (music and poetry) at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse, 133 W. Main Street, Ste. 222, Northville.
7-9 p.m. Poetry Night at Lighthouse Coffee Company, 9 West Main Street, Milan.

Wednesday, May 4
7-8 p.m. Young Adult novelist Laura Resau Reads from her work & Talks about writing. Book signing to follow. Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield Branch, program room, 2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor.
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The Old Town Poetry Series hosts a party & poetry reading by Dennis Hinrichsen.His new book, “Rip-Tooth,” will be available at the reading. An Open Mike session will be held after the featured reading. Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St., Lansing.
No Time Listed – Next Shit Poetry Series / Starvin’ Artists Slam hosted by fluent with  DJ Sicari at 5 Elements Gallery, 2661 Michigan Avenue, Detroit. 

Thursday, May 5
5 p.m. Citywide Poets Poetry Slam. $5. Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, 311 E. Grand River. Detroit. (313) 965-8430
6:30 Poetry, Pages & Scribes. (Open Mic – Writing and music). Hosted by Ber-Henda Williams and featuring “young poet” Rae. Southfield Public Library. 26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield.
7 p.m. An Evening with novelist Colleen Gleason. Barnes and Noble, 3235 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor.
7 p.m. Book Talk with novelist Julia Spencer-Fleming. Aunt Agatha’s Book Shop, 213 S. 4th Street, Ann Arbor
7 p.m. Open Mic (Music and poetry). Borders Books, 43435 Ford Rd. Canton. 734.844.2090
9 p.m. – 2 a.m (? Time not listed on events calendar – call in advance to confirm) Bare Soul, a weekly open mic for poets, singers, musicians and comedians hosted by Black Ink Collective.  $5 for an advanced ticket; $10 at the door. Hosted by poet Ben Jones and comedian Josh Adams. At 1515 Broadway, located at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 799-4109
No Time Listed. The Main Course. a weekly open mic for poets, singers, musicians and comedians. Free. At They Say, 267 Joseph Campau Street, Detroit. (313) 446-4682
Friday, May 6
6 p.m. Book signing with Young Adult novelist Neil Shusterman. Nicolas Books. 2513 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor.
Saturday, May 7
10-4 Photography and Poetry Exhibit at Copper Colored Mountain Arts (CCMA): “India – A Light Within”. Photographs by Charlee Brodsky with writing and poetry by Neema Bipin Avashia and Zilka Joseph. Exhibit is open every Saturday from 10-4 now until June 15th. 7101 W. Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor.
2 p.m. Meet authors Brian Freeman and Craig McDonald, who will discuss their new books. Brian’s is a stand alone thriller, The Bone House, and Craig’s is the next installment in his series about Ernest Hemingway, One True Sentence. Ann Arbor District Library, Main Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Ann Arbor. More info at Aunt Agatha’s website (sponsor):
3 p.m. Reading by fiction writer Alexander McLeod from his short story collection Light Lifting. There also will be music by Kenneth and Marion MacLeod, Jim and Tom MacNeil. Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward, Detroit.  313 961-3043
7:30 p.m. House Reading at Rob Halpern’s house – Marie Buck & Amy Sara Carroll.  If you need Rob Halpern’s address, email him: Rob dot Halpern at gmail dot com. Ypsilanti.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Creative Juicez Live Poetry Night (weekly): “Live poetry & singers; open mic backed by a live band. Affordable cuisine by Chef Chris; filled with spoken word, live jazz, visual art, R&B, and WHATEVER ELSE YOU BRING!” $10 / “slightly lower for open mic selectees.” (weekly) 17340 Lahser, 1 block north of Grand River, Detroit. (313) 544-0848
Monday, May 9
7:30 – 11. Open Mic (poetry and music). Sign up begins at 7:30, performances start at 8. The Coffee Bean, 884 Penniman Avenue, Plymouth.

April 20 – May 15th “Working Class Heroes.” An all-media juried exhibition honoring the working class, inspired by ML Liebler’s book Working Words: Punching the Timeclock and Kicking Out the Jams, a compilation of writing from local, national and international poets and writers. Scarab Club Gallery, 217 Farnsworth St. Detroit. 313-831-1250.