Christine Hume and Catherine Wagner: The Woodward Line, April 18

Catch EMU Creative Writing Professor Christine Hume with Catherine Wagner when they read at The Woodward Line – a free poetry series at The Scarab Club in Detroit – on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m.

The  Scarab Club is located at 217 Farnsworth in Detroit.

Christine Hume is the author of three books and two chapbooks: Musca Domestica (Beacon Press 2000); Alaskaphrenia (New Issues 2004); Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense, a chapbook and CD (Ugly Duckling Presse 2008); Shot (Counterpath Press 2010), and Ventifacts (Omnidawn 2012). She is coordinator of the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University.

Catherine Wagner’s books include Nervous Device, forthcoming from City Lights in 2012; My New Job (Fence, 2009), Macular Hole (Fence, 2004), Miss America (Fence, 2001). Her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (second edition), Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, Starting Today, Best of Fence, Best American Erotic Poems and elsewhere. She is associate professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Bellday Poetry Prize accepting submissions



Rae Armantrout has published 10 books of poetry, including her most recent book, Money Shot (2011), and Versed (2009), which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Postmodern American Poetry, several editions of Best American Poetry, and The Oxford Book of American Poetry(2006). She is a professor of poetry and poetics at the University of California, San Diego.

Bellday Books will publish the winning book and award $2,000 and 25 copies of the book to the winning author.


  • 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 acknowledgements page.
  • Manuscript must be typed single-spaced, paginated and bound with a binder clip.
  • Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  • Postmark deadline: March 15, 2012.
  • 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.

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

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Barry Graham and Brynne Barnes reading, Ugly Mug, Sat., Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Catch Creative Writing MA graduates Barry Graham and Brynne Barnes reading at the Ugly Mug (317 West Cross Avenue, Ypsilanti) tonight, Saturday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m.  This reading is part of the Madhouse Poetry Series.

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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.

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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.

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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.   Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Novelist Danielle Sosin at Nicola’s Books. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 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.  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. Friday at 7:00 p.m.
  • Conversations with Poets: Keith Taylor. Copper Colored Mountain Arts, 7101 West Liberty Road, Ann Arbor.  Saturday 10:30 a.m. – noon.
  • Novelist Tayari Jones at Nicola’s Books. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.  Monday at 7 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.
  • 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. 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.