2013 Wayne State University Midtown Literary Walk on Saturday, September 21!

6 Events

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M. L. Liebler with Carole Harris, Ricardo Castano IV and Vincent Perrone

Wayne State University presents the 2013 Midtown Literary Walk in Detroit on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 11am to 5pm.  Enjoy a strolling afternoon of literature hosted by several venues in our Midtown neighborhood.  A range of authors – from poets to jazz and hip hop artists – will read and perform. Books will be available for purchase and signing at each stop courtesy of Book Beat.  All events are free and open to the public.  No RSVP necessary.  Metered street parking available.  Lunch menu items available for purchase at Maccabees at Midtown (1pm) stop.

Schedule of Events:


Hannan House | 4750 Woodward Ave

Kim Hunter is a lifelong Detroiter employed in media relations for nonprofits. He has served as Poet-in- Residence in several Detroit public schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. He co-directs the 10-year old Woodward Line Poetry Series. His work has appeared in such publications as Abandon Automobile, Metro Times, Triage and more. He has published two collections of poetry.

Michael Delp is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of As If We Were Prey (Wayne State University Press, 2010), in addition to five other collections and six chapbooks of poetry. He teaches creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has received several awards for his teaching.


WSU Green Space | Southwest corner of Warren & Woodward Ave

(Rain Site: WSU Welcome Center | 42 W. Warren Ave)

Diane Shipley DeCillis is a graduate of University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in Nimrod International Journal, Rattle, William & Mary Review, South Dakota Review, Puerto del Sol, Poet Lore and other journals. She owned an award-wining art gallery in Southfield and Birmingham. Her new book, Strings Attached, is forthcoming from WSU Press’ Made in Michigan Writers Series in Spring 2014.

Caroline Maun is associate professor in the Department of English at Wayne State University. She teaches modern poetry, women’s writing, creative writing, and writing pedagogy. She is the author of Mosaic of Fire: The Work of Lola Ridge, Evelyn Scott, Charlotte Wilder, and Kay Boyle, and editor of The Collected Poems of Evelyn Scott.  She has published two chapbooks of poetry, and two poetry collections: The Sleeping and What Remains. She is a songwriter with the pop band Black Hat, which released its first album, Phases of the Sun, in 2009 and its second album, Hooray for Love, in 2012.

Bret Lott is the author of the novels Jewel, Reed’s Beach, A Stranger’s House, and The Man Who Owned Vermont; the story collections How to Get Home and A Dream of Old Leaves; and the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, among them The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Iowa Review, the Chicago Tribune, and Story, and have been widely anthologized. He lives with his wife, Melanie, and their two sons, Zebulun and Jacob, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and teaches at the College of Charleston and Vermont College.


Maccabees at Midtown* | 5057 Woodward Ave

*Maccabees lunch menu available

Sean Forbes is a ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind talent. But the stories written about him usually start out with a bold statement – “Deaf performer defies his handicap!” – or an incredulous question – “He can’t hear music, but he can make it?!?” In response, Forbes would like you to know a few things. Yes, he is deaf (about 90%, due to spinal meningitis when he was an infant), but that certainly hasn’t held him back or “handicapped” him in any way. Second of all, he’s not just a “rapper”. He’s also a prolific drummer, songwriter and communicator.

Mark Levin never let his hearing loss stand in the way of his passion, music and slam poetry. Mark started experiencing hearing loss at age 3, and for the next 9 years his hearing slowly declined for reasons unknown. At the age of 12, his mother gave him his first guitar and from there his passion was found. Mark’s experience working with numerous music festivals across the country, within television, and playing in bands has benefitted the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN) greatly in his role as the
organization’s tour and online marketing manager. Mark is also a well-known and respected D-PAN performance poet and a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, with a B.A. in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management with a focus in Music Business.

LaShaun Phoenix Moore is a Detroit-based vocalist, spoken word artist, activist, event host and wife. Moore’s work is infused with her love for the city of Detroit, hip-hop, social justice and love of mankind. Moore has been a lead or background vocalist in some of the nation’s hottest music venues, and has worked or shared stages with key national and local performers since 1995.  As a spoken-word/Slam poet and poetry host, Moore has had the wonderful opportunity to share stages with The Last Poets, Mic Write, Marc “Slam Pappi” Smith, Scott Woods,Taylor Mali, Saul Williams, Dead Prez, Mos Def, The Roots. She sat on the Executive Council for Poetry Slam, Incorporated and served as the Event Coordinator of the national poetry slam event, Women of the World Poetry Slam.


WSU Welcome Center | 42 W. Warren Ave

Herbert Woodward Martin is the author of eight volumes of poems including: Inscribing My Name (Kent State University Press.) He has published in a number of American and European journals. He is closely associated with Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was the first African American to gain national and international fame as a poet, and whose work Herbert has performed across the United States. Herbert is Professor Emeritus of University of Dayton where he taught composition, poetry and
creative writing. His new book of poems from The Bottom Dog Press will debut at the Lit Walk.  He currently serves as the Robert Hayden/Dudley Randall Centennial Poet in Residence (He was friends with both Robert and Dudley.)  He will read poems by
Hayden and Randall and from his new collection.

M. L. Liebler & The Coyote Monk Poetry Band features internationally-acclaimed, award-winning WSU professor and Detroit poet, literary activist and editor M. L Liebler, with Grammy-winning Eminem producer and bassist Steve King, The Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola, Frankie the K of Black Hat on the keys, and from The Dangerous Diane Band, The Ghost Band drummer Leonard Johnson.


Detroit Public Library – Explorer’s Room* | 5201Woodward Ave

*Direct access to room via side door

A native of Detroit, Jim Daniels’ new book, Birth Marks, was published by BOA Editions in 2013. Other recent books include the short story collection Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City, (Winner, Midwest Book Award), Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, (Poetry Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards), and All of the Above, all published in 2011. In 2010, he wrote and produced the independent film “Mr. Pleasant,” his third produced screenplay, which appeared in more than a dozen film festivals across the country, and From Milltown to Malltown (a collaborative book with photographs by Charlee Brodsky), was published by Marick Press. His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” in Billy Collins’ Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series. His poem “Factory Love” is displayed on the roof of a race car. He has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he is the Thomas Stockham Professor of English.

Lolita Hernandez, born and raised in Detroit, is the author of Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant (Coffee House Press), which won a 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award. She has also authored two chapbook collections of poems: Quiet Battles (Wayne State University Writers Forum) and Snakecrossing (Ridgeway Press). After more than 33 years as a UAW member at General Motors, she now teaches in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Michigan Residential College. Her family hails from Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent in the Caribbean.


Detroit Historical Museum | 5401 Woodward Ave

Jaimy Gordon is the 2013 Midtown Literary Walk Guest of Honor. She will close the walk with a special reading and Q&A at The Detroit Historical Museum. Ms. Gordon is the author of six books, recently including the National Book Award-winning novel Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co, 2010), set in the world of small- time West Virginia horse racing. The novel was also a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, won the Dr. Tony Ryan Award for the year’s best book about horse racing, and was longlisted for coveted Orange Prize for Fiction. Gordon’s novel She Drove Without Stopping (Algonquin, 1990) was awarded an Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Bogeywoman (2000) was named an LA Times Best Book of the year. Shamp of the City-Solo, her first novel, has long been considered an underground classic by her fans. Her short story “A Night’s Work,” which shares several characters with Lord of Misrule, appeared in The Best American Short Stories 1995. Her short fiction, poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Colorado Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Poetry.


Post-Walk Special Event

St Matthew’s & St Joseph’s Episcopal Church |8850 Woodward Ave

Bill Harris and Reverend Robert Jones present a reading/performance of “Taste of the Blues”

The Wayne State University Student Budget Committee | The Wayne Writers Forum of Wayne State University | The Wayne State University Press | The WSU Motown Learning Community | The Wayne State Department of English | WSU Loughead-Eldredge Visiting Writer’s Program | WSU’s Department of Africana Studies | The Robert Hayden, Dudley Randall Centennial  Committee | Poets & Writers. Inc. through their Midwest-Detroit Readings Programs Grant | The Detroit Public Library | The Detroit Historical Museum | Maccabees at Midtown | The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation | Midtown Detroit, Inc.

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