James Semark was a Detroit area musician, poet, activist and founding member of the Detroit Artist’s Workshop. He died in early December of 2010. The Book Beat is holding a memorial reading for friends and poets open to the public on Thursday, May 5th from 7:00-8:30 PM. The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield in Oak Park, for more information call (248) 968-1190
Readers will include poets, artists and friends; ML Liebler, John Sinclair, Robert Thibodeau, Leni Sinclair, Scott Dedenbach, Laura Grimshaw, Howard Weingarden and others. Some of the last copies of Work 6 (which James had edited) will be available for sale and films of James reading his poetry and his departed wife Judith dancing will be shown in the backroom gallery. As friends we would like to honor James Seamark at this unique event and bring to those who didn’t know him a chance to learn about this generous and courageous soul. We hope you can attend.
ML Liebler is a poet, professor of English at Wayne State University and editor of the new anthology, Working Words published by Coffee House Press.
John Sinclair is a traveling bard, X-manager of the MC5, pro-pot activist, blues scholar and founding father of the Detroit Artists Workshop, White Panther Party, Rainbow Peoples Party, etc.,