Literary Events Calendar – Tuesday, May 17 – Monday, May 23

Here’s the latest list of literary happenings in Ann Arbor, Ypsi, Detroit, and nearby areas.  If you know of an event you think would make a good addition to the list, e-mail Aylen Rounds at aylen.rounds @


  • New Millennium Poetry Reading  featuring Jordan Rickard and Paloma Clohossey, current seniors at Kalamazoo College. At Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington Street, Ann Arbor. Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Novelist Karl Marlantes in Ann Arbor, Nicola’s Books. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor http://www.nicolasbooks.comTuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Novelist Karl Marlantes in Lansing, Novelist Karl Marlantes in Lansing, 1982 Grand River Ave, Okemos. Wednesday at 7 p.m.
  • Michigan Week Program:  Tales from the Ypsilanti Archives. Local author Laura Bien tells some of the forgotten stories of Ypsilanti ranging from the silly to the spooky and the simply strange. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. 
  • Woodward Line Poetry Series. Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit. , (313) 831-1250. Wednesday from 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Novelist Rachel DeWoskin  at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Writer Dan Johnson discusses his new book The Detroit Electric Scheme. Presented by the Michigan Notable Books Club at the Elmwood Park Branch of the Detroit Public Library. 550 Chene Detroit. Saturday at 11 a.m. 


  • Poetry workshop with Dawn McDuffie. Every Tuesday until May 24. Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave, Detroit. Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Deadwood Writers’ Group. Writers from all walks of life can join John McCarthy and the Deadwood Writers’ Group for a fun and informative workshop. Barnes and Noble, 17111 Haggerty Rd., Northville. (248) 348-0696. Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.  
  • Writers Behaving Badly, led by fiction writer Peter Ho Davies. Cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, hosted by 826 Michigan. Workshop held at 115 E. Liberty St, Ann Arbor. . Saturday from 1-4 p.m.


  • Open Mic Night (music and poetry) at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse, 133 W. Main Street, Ste. 222, Northville. Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.
  • Next Shit Poetry Series / Starvin’ Artists Slam. Hosted by fluent with DJ Sicari. $5. 5Elements Gallery, 2661 Michigan Avenue, Detroit. Wednesday – no time listed.
  • Open Mic (Music and poetry) at Borders Books, 43435 Ford Rd. Canton. 734.844.2090. Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • 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, Detroit. (313) 799-4109. Thursday beginning at 9 p.m.
  • The Main Course: A weekly open mic for poets, singers, musicians and comedians. At They Say, 267 Joseph Campau Street, Detroit. (313) 446-4682. Thursday – no time listed.
  • Creative Juicez Live Poetry Night : “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.” At  17340 Lahser, 1 block north of Grand River, Detroit. (313) 544-0848. Saturday from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Open Mic (poetry and music). Sign up begins at 7:30, performances start at 8. The Coffee Bean, 884 Penniman Avenue, Plymouth. Monday from 7:30-11 p.m.


  • 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. 7101 W. Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor. . Open on Saturday from 10-4
  • Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair. $5 at the door. Ballroom of University of Michigan’s Student Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arborwww.annarborbookfair.comSunday from 11-5.