Tilting Time (Undergraduate Poetry Reading) – Wed., Jan. 25, 6:00 p.m.

Hear Creative Writing Undergraduate students Nick Compton, John Farmer, Chris LeBlanc, G. Matthew Mapes, Elizabeth Mikesch, Jonah Mixon-Webster, and Brenna York read their work when The Temporal Arts Collective presents Tilting Time: An Evening of Contemporary Poetry, taking place Wednesday, January 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Halle Library, room 300 (note: this is a room change due to flooding on the first floor of the Library).

This is a free event, so don’t miss out!

Tyrone Williams and Mel Nichols at MOCAD tonight 12/15, 7 p.m.

Catch visiting poets Tyrone Williams and Mel Nichols tonight, December 15, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). The event is at 7:00 p.m.  It’s free and includes admission to the museum, which is located in an old warehouse space on Woodward Ave.

Find out more here: http://mocadetroit.org/upcomingevents.html

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.

Sidebrow Open Reading Period – August 2011

SidebrowSidebrow is holding an open reading period for unpublished book-length manuscripts of prose, poetry, cross-genre, and collaborative work through the end of August 2011.

There will be a $20 reading fee for each submitted manuscript. As thanks for helping develop Sidebrow’s collaborative projects, Sidebrow contributors will be offered a discounted reading fee of $10 per manuscript. All writers who submit during the open reading period will receive a complimentary Sidebrow title, provided the cost of shipping is included with their submission.

Simultaneous submissions will be considered where noted; notify Sidebrow promptly should your manuscript be accepted elsewhere. Work published in part as a chapbook will be considered, as long as the manuscript in its current form has not been previously published.

For more information, visit: http://www.sidebrow.net/submissions/2011-open-reading-period

Oaken Transformations one-year celebration – July 30

Oaken TransformationsOaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk will be celebrating one year of art and poetry on Saturday, July 30, 3-6 p.m. at 6893 Grand River Road in Brighton, Michigan.  The event is free to the public.

Poets reading include Robert Fanning (author of The Seed Thieves, 2006; American Prophet, 2009), Russell Brakefield, Ben Fidler (EMU alumnus), John Ganiard, and Audra Puchalski.  The event will also feature live music from Michigan bluegrass artists winter/sessions.

Oaken Transformations was established in 2010 by Anya Cobler, a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University’s Creative Writing undergrad program and University of Michigan’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and her father, Dr. Fredric L. Bonine.  Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is an out-of-doors art tour dedicated to showcasing work from established and up-and-coming poets and artists throughout the state of Michigan. Part nature walk, part meditative footpath, and part art installation, the tour presents a unique, physical space for poetry and a serene setting for sculptural work for sale or consignment.

RSVP via Facebook.

Literary Events Calendar: Tuesday, June 14 – Monday, June 20

Chelsea Lonsdale (current senior – undergrad Creative Writing), will be a featured poet alongside WL Bush for a reading at the  Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave # A, Ferndale. Friday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Novelist Karen Simpson at Nicola’s Books. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. http://www.nicolasbooks.com   Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Novelist Danielle Sosin at Nicola’s Books. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. http://www.nicolasbooks.com Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Poetry in the Garden at CCMA: A Reading with Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke. 7101 West Liberty Road, Ann Arbor. http://ccmarts.org  Friday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Rhythm, Roots, and Rhyme Poetry Slam Showcase presented by the Detroit Jazz Festival.  At The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit. http://DetroitJazzFest.com Friday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Conversations with Poets: Keith Taylor. Copper Colored Mountain Arts, 7101 West Liberty Road, Ann Arbor. http://ccmarts.org  Saturday 10:30 a.m. – noon.
  • Novelist Tayari Jones at Nicola’s Books. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. http://www.nicolasbooks.com  Monday at 7 p.m.


  • 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.
  • 7 p.m. Open Mic (Music and poetry). Borders Books, 43435 Ford Rd. Canton. 734.844.2090
  • 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.

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

Bellday Books Poetry Prize now accepting submissions

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Bellday Books is once again accepting submissions for the Bellday Poetry Prize.  The winning poet will receive $2,000, and Bellday Books will publish the winning book (the winning author will also receive 25 copies of her/his book).

Submission Deadline is March 15, 2011.

Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript of 60-90 pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the Internet.  Entries may consist of individual poems, a book-length poem or any combination of long or short poems.
  • Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Include a table of contents page, but do not send an acknowledgments page.
  • Manuscript must be typed single-spaced, paginated and bound with a spring clip.
  • Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  • Postmark deadline: March 15, 2011
  • Include a check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to BELLDAY BOOKS.
  • Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all reading fees will be refunded.

Contest Mailing Address
Bellday Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 3687
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Questions may be directed to: office@belldaybooks.com

For additional information, click here.

One by One press seeks submissions

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Here’s a submission opportunity for poets from One by One press (also apparently the name of the press’s new poetry journal:

One by One is a new poetry journal inspired by the spirit of stolen moments and our undying love of tactile imprints. It’s quite different from most journals in that it’s unbound and spread out over time – subscribers will receive a single letterpressed poem in the mail, every other week or so throughout the year. We’re moved to make the walk back from the mailbox to be the best part of our readers’ days, and to help create deeper and more meaningful reception for standalone poems. (Those whose poems we print will also be the subject of features on our press blog in which they can speak to their process, sources of inspiration, and other issues of significance to the sustaining of their work: we aim to make that conversation as visible as the finished work itself.)

We’re reading until September 30, 2010 for a first batch of poems that will go into production later this fall and start finding mailboxes on 1/1/11. We’re looking for poems that will thrill and awaken our readers as singular pieces. Submission information is available on our website, http://www.onebyonepress.com.

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam @ Cavern Club this Fall

Stop by the Cavern Club in Ann Arbor on the first Thursday of the month, September-November 2010, for the BRAND NEW ANN ARBOR POETRY SLAM hosted by Lindsay Stone and Lady Vixion.

A cash prize will be awarded to the top poet of the night.  There will also be an open-mic for non-slammers and live music performed by Full Dimensional.

A poetry slam is a competition in which poets perform original works. Each performance is judged on a numeric scale by randomly selected members from the audience. Typically, a poetry slam is highly politicized, with participants taking on many issues ranging from current social and economic issues, to gendered injustices, and racial issues. Poets are judged not only on the content of their slam, but also by the manner of delivery and passion behind their words.

The Cavern Club is located at 210 South 1st Street, Ann Arbor.  Call 734-913-8890 for more info.