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!

Rob Halpern and Peter Markus at MOCAD this Friday, 10/21, 7 p.m.

Don’t miss Rob Halpern and Peter Markus, reading at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) this Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:00 p.m. This is a free reading.

Both Halpern and Markus will be presenting works that touch on and expand on themes and ideas addressed in MOCAD’s two current exhibitions, barely there (part two) and Stéphanie Nava: Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory).

MOCAD is located at 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48201.  Call 313-832-6622 for more info.

New Reading Series: Wednesday Night Sessions

Wednesday Night Sessions is a new monthly reading series based out of Farmington, Michigan, sponsored by four local publishers: Absinthe: New European Writing, Black Coffee Press, Dzanc Books and Midwestern Gothic. The goal of this series is to bring together local authors and poets, listen to some great readings, and have a good time.

Wednesday Night Sessions meets the last Wednesday of every month. The first session, on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 p.m., will take place at the Mentobe Cafe in downtown Farmington and feature David James, David LaBounty, and Peter Markus.

For more info and updates: http://wednightsessions.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

Creative Writing student reading tonight, Wed., June 1, 5:30 p.m.

This evening, Wednesday, June 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Carillon Room at the Halle Library, there will be a public reading with seniors and recently graduated students from the Creative Writing program.  

The readers:

Nicholas Compton
Mike Moriarty
Scott Stevenson
Elizabeth Mikesch
Kallen Molnar
Stephanie Walla
Brenna York
Michael Benedict
Dallas Thompson

Don’t miss out on this great line-up!  A Q&A session will follow the readings.

Literary Events Calendar: Tuesday, May 31 – Monday, June 6

READINGS, PERFORMANCES, & BOOK SIGNINGS 

  • Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.
    Author Event and Book Signing With Author David Malki
    David Malki is the author of the comic strip “Wondermark.” Multipurpose Room of the Ann Arbor Public Library, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor. http://www.aadl.org/events/list/2
  • Friday at 7 p.m.
    Author Event: Novelist David Anthony
    Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. http://www.nicolasbooks.com

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.
  • 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 @ gmail.com.

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: 

Zell Visiting Writers Series

Looking for additional reading events in the area (besides EMU’s fantastic BathHouse Reading Series, of course!), then check out U-M’s Zell Visiting Writers Series.  All events are free and open to the public and sometimes include both reading and lecture components.  Past readers have included Marjorie Sandor, Steven Stern, Dean Young, Scott Lasser, and Carol Ann Duffy.

Click here for the full ’09/’10 schedule for the Zell Visiting Writers Series (plus links to the Mark Webster Reading Series and the J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series).