Electric Ocean Strip Search presents Speak Easy: August 21, 6:30 p.m.

Electric Ocean Strip Search, a monthly performance series in collaboration with the EMU Student Creative Writing Group, will present Speak Easy on Tuesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Germack Coffee Roasting Company (2517 Russell St, Detroit). The Germack Coffee Roasting Company is co-sponsoring this event.

New poets and experienced performers are invited to participate in an open mic from 5:00-6:30 pm before the show.  Participants are encouraged to be early and sign-up early.

EOSS is scheduling performers for the Fall and would love to have you on their shores.  Email (nmourning@gmail.com) or contact them on their Facebook page to perform in September, October, and November.

Electric Ocean Strip Search multi-media performance series: July 26, 7:00 p.m.

The next session of the Electric Ocean Strip Search multi-media performance series will take place onThursday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m.  at Community Records at St. Luke’s Center (120 North Huron, Ypsilanti, 48197).  This series is organized by EMU’s Creative Writing Student Group in collaboration with Community Records and co-sponsored by St. Luke’s Center.  Featured performers include: The Strip Search Players, Jack Chefan, Shavonne Coleman, Rebecca Hughes, Laura Beyer, Zack Lawson, Mike Fedel, Gerard Breitenbeck and more!

Come early and sign up for the open mic from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  The entire event is free and open to the public.

Want more info?  Contact nmourning@gmail.com or gbreitenbeck@gmail.com.

Visit the Electric Ocean Strip Search Facebook page.

Electric Ocean Strip Search Performance Series kicks off June 27

Check out a brand new multi-media performance series organized by EMU’s Creative Writing Student Group in collaboration with Community Records and co-sponsored by St. Luke’s Center: Electric Ocean Strip Search!  The series kicks off on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Community Records at St. Luke’s Center (120 North Huron, Ypsilanti, 48197) and features performances by Mike Fedel, Carrie Riddle, Arthur Oemke, Evan Mann, Akili Jackson, Jesse Morgan, Aaron Smith, Nick Mourning, Sean Kilpatrick, and many more!

Come early and sign up for the open mic from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  The entire event is free and open to the public.

Want more info?  Contact nmourning@gmail.com or gbreitenbeck@gmail.com.

Poetic Travelers series at Lawrence Street Gallery, every 3rd Friday

Poetry people should check out Poetic Travelers, a poetry series established by poet/author Tonja Dudley Bagwell (Sunrise of Revelations and Grace in a Garland, Jafansta, Inc.) that meets every 3rd Friday at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale. Enjoy a featured poet and/or performer plus Open Mic.  Friends and family are welcome.

A Gathering of Writers, Oct 20, 7:30 p.m., Plymouth Coffee Bean Co.

Join A Gathering of Writers this Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Plymouth Coffee Bean Co. (884 Penniman, Plymouth, MI 48170; 734-454-0178) for readings by  Elizabeth Kerlikowske.  Open mic performances are also welcome and encouraged.

Elizabeth Kerlikowske is a native of Michigan and has been profoundly influenced by the seasons, the water, and the landscape. Her most recent little book is Her Chores from Binge Press. A bigger book, Rib, was published last summer by Pudding House Press.  The biggest book, The Shape of Dad, is available from March Street Press. She teaches at Kellogg Community College and is the president of a non-profit dedicated to poetry.

Please note: The Plymouth Coffee Bean is a public venue.  Please use discretion in material and word usage for open mic performances.

A Gathering of Writers meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Directors:  Chelsea Lonsdale and Carl Fanning.  Co-Host:  Robert Taylor

Questions? E-mail Chelsea at: rosadesal@gmail.com

Poetic Travelers this Friday, July 15 with EMU Creative Writing alumnus

Looking for a local poetry reading?  Check out Andy Schuck (EMU M.A. in Creative Writing, 2002) and Donora Hillard at the Lawrence Street Gallery (22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220) on Friday, July 15, 6:30-8:45 p.m. as part of the latest installment of the Poetic Travelers series.Andy Schuck

Andy Schuck received his Masters in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. It was there that he began pushing his lyrical voice in unconventional directions. Influenced by Janet Kaufman’s intertextual courses and Christine Hume’s language-based explorations, Andy experimented with recontextualizing words/works, the look of language on the page as well as with the sound of it on the tongue. New York School poets like Ron Padgett and John Ashberry brought surreal flights of imagination and a good dose of humor. And a previous project fusing images drawn from listening to Miles Davis’ controversial album Bitches Brew took shape. Today, Andy is working on a more reflective project drawn in response to Lynn Heijinian’s My Life book. Andy’s work has appeared in Mojo Risin’, Illya’s Honey, Cellar Roots, Main Street Rag, Skanky Possum , and Edge Magazine. He taught writing and literature at EMU for 3 years and is now a librarian at the Westland Public Library, where he has led a variety of writing groups.

Donora HillardDonora Hillard’s poetry collection Theology of the Body (Gold Wake Press, 2010) was a bestseller in Women’s Studies at Amazon.com.  Her work has appeared in Best of the Web (Dzanc Books, 2010), FRiGG, Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010), Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. In fall 2011 she will begin teaching at Wayne State University, where she is pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition with an emphasis in poetics and postpedagogy.  She co-edits Cow Heavy Books and Midwestern Gothic and is completing a poetry manuscript entitled Jeff Bridges.

For more information about the Poetic Travelers series, visit: http://jafansta.com/PoeticTravelers.aspx

LITERARY EVENTS THIS WEEK: Tuesday, May 24 – Monday, May 30

SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS!

  • Nick Mourning, current M.A. student in Creative Writing, is a part of the Franke Center for the Arts’ Play Reading Series’ production of The Lion in Winter.  Check it out this weekend: On Saturday, May 28, performances at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and on Sunday, May 29th, one performance at 5:00 P.M. Admission is free. 214 East Mansion Street, Marshall. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173101339412763

WORKSHOPS AND WRITERS’ GROUPS

  • Poetry workshop with Dawn McDuffie.  Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave, Detroit. http://www.springfed.org Tuesday at 6:30. 

EXHIBITS AND OTHER STUFF YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT: 

  • Watermarks from Venice Exhibit shows examples of early printed books produced in Venice from the fifteenth century onward. Harlan Hatcher Special Collections area of the Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Monday-Friday 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Beginning Monday, May 23rd. 
  • Historical Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of Structure and Style. Open every day (hours vary)in the Audubon Room of the Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

OPEN MICS THIS WEEK:

  • Open Mic Night (music and poetry) at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse, 133 W. Main Street, Ste. 222, Northville. http://www.solidgroundscoffeehouse.com 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. 
  • 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. http://www.plymouthcoffeebean.com. Monday from 7:30-11 p.m. 

LOCAL BOOK GROUPS: 

Ann Arbor:

Ypsilanti:

Chelsea:

  • International Book Club at the Chelsea Library

Plymouth:

Livonia:

  • Mystery Readers’ Group at Barnes & Noble: (248) 348-0696
  • Fiction Readers’ Group at Barnes & Noble: (248) 348-0696
  • Book Discussion Group with Livonia Public Library: (734) 421-6600

Berkley:

Royal Oak:

Detroit:

Lansing:

If you know of an event you think would make a good addition to the list, e-mail Aylen Rounds at aylen.rounds @ gmail.com.

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 @ gmail.com.

READINGS, PERFORMANCES, AND BOOK SIGNINGS:

  • New Millennium Poetry Reading  featuring Jordan Rickard and Paloma Clohossey, current seniors at Kalamazoo College. At Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington Street, Ann Arbor. www.newmilleniumpoetry.wordpress.com. 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.  http://www.schulerbooks.com/event/talk-booksigning-karl-marlantes-author-new-york-time-bestseller-matterhorn-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. http://www.ypsilibrary.org Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. 
  • Woodward Line Poetry Series. Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit. http://www.scarabclub.com , (313) 831-1250. Wednesday from 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Novelist Rachel DeWoskin  at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, www.nicolasbooks.com 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. 

WORKSHOPS AND WRITERS’ GROUPS

  • Poetry workshop with Dawn McDuffie. Every Tuesday until May 24. Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave, Detroit. http://www.springfed.org 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. www.826michigan.org . Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

OPEN MICS 

  • Open Mic Night (music and poetry) at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse, 133 W. Main Street, Ste. 222, Northville. http://www.solidgroundscoffeehouse.com 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. http://www.plymouthcoffeebean.com. Monday from 7:30-11 p.m.

EXHIBITS AND OTHER STUFF YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT:

  • 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. http://www.ccmarts.org . 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.

LOCAL BOOK GROUPS: 

Local Literary Events – Tuesday May 10 to Monday May 16

Here’s the lastest literary events calendar from grad student Aylen Rounds.  Aylen’s looking for feedback on these lists of events:

If you have a minute, I’d really like YOUR input on what you’d like to see on future calendars. So far, I’ve been limiting it to events that in my own judgment are “literary arts” events – specifically those affordable events focused on fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. But that does mean there are lots of events being left off the calendar. For instance, there’s a literary arts dinner this week that I left off ($100 a plate), and a handful of book readings from people like a doctor reading from his book about carbs and protein and a well-balanced diet, and a historian reading from her book about WWII. Two weeks ago I left off a reading being given by a nationally-recognized beauty pageant queen who wrote a book about why a girl should wait to lose her virginity until her wedding night. Would you like to see more of these types of book-related events? Let me know! Thanks!

You can message Aylen with feedback at aylen.rounds @ gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 10
 
6 p.m. – Open Mic night (music and poetry) at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse, 133 W. Main Street, Ste. 222, Northville       http://www.solidgroundscoffeehouse.com
 
6:30 Poetry Workshop with Dawn McDuffie. Every Tuesday until May 24. Virgil H. Carr Cultural Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave, Detroit. http://www.springfed.org
 
7-9 p.m. Book event with novelist Jane Bradley, who is also Creative Writing faculty at University of Toledo. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. http://www.nicolasbooks.com/
 
7-9 p.m. Poetry Night at Lighthouse Coffee Company, 9 West Main Street, Milan. http://www.lighthousecoffeeco.com

Wednesday, May 11

No time listed. Next Shit Poetry Series / Starvin’ Artists Slam. Hosted by fluent with DJ Sicari. $5. 5Elements Gallery, 2661 Michigan Avenue, Detroit. 

Thursday, May 12
 
7 p.m. – Book Event with novelist Amanda Hodgkinson. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. http://www.nicolasbooks.com/
 
7 p.m. –  Poetry and Prose at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. The Springfed Spotlight Series continues with focus on writing instructors, hosted by Kresge Fellow Vievee Francis. Presentations will include poetry and prose. Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave. Detroit. (248) 589-3913.
 
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 13
 
6-10 p.m. Emily Dickinson Readathon sponsored by Inside Out. During the evening, members of the community will give voice to the poems of Emily Dickinson.  Readers of all ages are encouraged to drop in and share a poem.  Detroit Institute of Arts, Family Room (2nd level), 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit.

Saturday, May 14
 
2:30-4 p.m. Buddha’s Birthday: A Two-Day Celebration for the Whole Family: Ninth Annual Poetry Event. Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Street, Ann Arbor http://zenbuddhisttemple.org/locations/annarbor/index.html
 
No time listed – Open Mic (poetry, music, etc) at Maxwells Art and Treasures, 32416 Industrial Road, Garden City.  http://www.maxwellsartandtreasures.com/events.html
 
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
 
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. http://www.ccmarts.org
 
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. http://www.ccmarts.org

Monday May 16
 
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Novelist Sebastian Junger discusses his new book “War” (another of Junger’s books is The Perfect Storm.) Ann Arbor District Library, downtown branch, multi-purpose room, 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor. http://www.aadl.org.
 
7:30 p.m. Book discussion and signing – Charlaine Harris at the Michigan Theater. Charlaine Harris is the author of Sookie Stackhouse novels, the basis for the “True Blood” television series. Tickets – $12 – $38.50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor. Sponsored by Nicola’s Books: http://www.nicolasbooks.com.
 
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. http://www.plymouthcoffeebean.com

Ongoing

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. http://scarabclub.org.

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 @ gmail.com 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. http://www.solidgroundscoffeehouse.com
 
7-9 p.m. Poetry Night at Lighthouse Coffee Company, 9 West Main Street, Milan. http://www.lighthousecoffeeco.com


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.  http://www.aadl.org/events/list/0/11
 
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. http://www.artsleague.com (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. http://www.sfldlib.org
 
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 http://www.auntagathas.com
 
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. http://www.nicolasbooks.com
 
 
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. http://www.ccmarts.org
 
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): http://www.auntagathas.com
 
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. http://www.plymouthcoffeebean.com
 
 
Ongoing

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. http://scarabclub.org.