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After multiple Holidays and Other Disasters-related events late last year, I took a break from readings. I’m getting back to doing them again starting this month. First up, this Midwestern Gothic event in Ann Arbor.


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Detroit has a lively arts scene and I’m proud to contribute to it in my modest way. My father and I will present portions of our ongoing photography/poetry collaboration as part of M.L. Liebler’s Detroit Tonight Live Series in May. I’ll read several Detroit-related poems as my father’s pictures of the city are projected. Other performers schedule to appear:
• Poet Sophia Rifkin
• Performance Writer Stephen Dueweke
• Blues & Americana Musician Maggie McCabe
• Poet Writer L. Bush
The show will take place May 30 from 7 to 9 pm at the Jazz Café at the Music Hall, 350 Madison Avenue, Detroit. Liebler always assemble diverse and diverting bills for this series.

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The July 11 Detroit Tonight Live show at UDetroit Café can be viewed by following the link below. My bit, including M.L. Liebler’s intro, begins at 1:14:16 but the entire program of music and poetry deserves a look and a listen.


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Mongrel Empire Press, publisher of Fighters & Writers, posted a couple videos of me reading from the book on its YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/mongrelempirepress. One shows me at the Detroit’s Scarab Club earlier this year; the other is from the 2011 Scissortail Creative Writing Festival in Ada, Oklahoma.

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Poet M.L. Liebler’s Detroit Tonight Live series spotlights Michigan musicians and writers, and I’m scheduled to participate in the July 11 show (7 to 9 pm at UDetroit Café, 1427 Randolph, Detroit, MI 48226; more details available on the “appearances” page at mlliebler.com). While I might present a passage or two from Fighters & Writers, I plan to read several poems. (And why not? After all, I write about boxers at Gleason’s Gym in both the book and a poem in volume 8 of The Chaffey Review.)

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Critical Moment, a publication billing itself as Detroit by Detroiters, chose to include an article of mine in the summer 2012 issue. The title put above my piece, “Success at the Downtown Boxing Gym,” pretty much sums it up. The CM website has more details about the issue, including the release party at the Cass Café.

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Poet Anca Vlasopolos and I will be reading at Leopold’s Books on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Last-minute gift-buyers could stop by to learn if her new collection, Walking Toward Solstice, or my Fighter’s & Writers, or both, would go well with a bouquet of flowers on Sunday.

The specifics:

Mongrel Empire Press authors Anca Vlasopolos and John G. Rodwan, Jr.

Leopold’s Books

The Park Shelton

15 E. Kirby Street

Detroit, MI 48202

Friday, May 11, 7 pm

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At the end of March, I read at the Scarab Club along with Anca Vlasopolos, Patricia Abbott, Caroline Maun and Olivia Ambrogio. M.L. Liebler served as master of ceremonies. Here I am reading excerpts from Fighters & Writers and Christmas Things.

P.S. I’ll be reading with Anca again on May 11 at Leopold’s Books in Detroit.

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Walking toward Solstice, a new collection of poems by Anca Vlasopolos, will be launched locally at the Scarab Club on March 31st. Joining her in reading at the historic arts venue next to the Detroit Institute of Art will be Particia Abbott, author of Monkey Justice and Other Stories, and Caroline Maun, author of The Sleeping. I will read bits from either Fighters & Writers or Christmas Things – or perhaps from both. Olivia Ambrogio, who supplied photos for Walking toward Solstice (which has the same publisher as my essay collection), will also attend what should be a lively literary afternoon.


Here are the crucial details.


What: Book launch and multiple-author reading

Where: The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2 to 4 pm

Why: For the love of literature

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Recently I learned that soon I will no longer be Detroit’s sole Mongrel Empire Press author. The Norman, Oklahoma-based publisher, which issued my essay collection Fighters & Writers in 2010, plans to issue Walking into Solstice, poems by Anca Vlasopolos, this year.


As it happens, Vlasopolos was teaching at Wayne State University during my graduate studies days there, though I didn’t know her then. But since we have a city, a university and a publisher in common, we’ve discussed the obviously appropriate idea of holding joint readings. Some of her poems posted at The Stone Hobo and Beasts in a Populous City, with their images of bruises from punches and 24-caliber fists, suggest we have some thematic commonalities as well.


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