Posts Tagged ‘M.L. Liebler’

I’m honored to have work in this anthology, forthcoming from Rust Belt Chic Press, alongside the likes of Grace Lee Boggs, Steve, Hughes, M.L. Liebler, Jamal May, Terry Blackhawk and editor Anna Clark.


Practice-Space will be hosting a launch party on May 31 at 7 pm.


For more info: http://beltmag.com/detroit-anthology/


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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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While I usually aim to post more than just links to other sites, there are a few recent items out there I happily recommend:

  •  The Detroit News profiles blues guitarist Johnnie Bassett today. The article includes info on some of his upcoming appearances but fails to mention that he’s slated to sit in this evening (7 pm) at the M.L. Liebler-orchestrated Detroit Tonight Live event at the UDetroit Café (1427 Randolph Street) along with the RJ Spangler Trio. Andrea Daniels, Steven Gulvezan, Zilka Joseph and I will also read some poetry. Bassett’s latest record kicks off with “Proud to Be from Detroit,” which I look forward to hearing.
  • This past weekend, The Free Press ran a long piece on saxophonist James Carter that also merits a look. Having seen Carter perform many times in various places over the years, I definitely consider myself a fan.
  • Poet Terry Blackhawk has a moving piece on the power of poetry over at Huffpost Detroit.
  • Vanity Fair spotlights two of my favorite writer via an excerpt from Christopher Hitchens’s introduction to George Orwell’s Diaries.
  • Finally, my article on the Downtown Boxing Gym can be read in the summer issue of Critical Moment and on the paper’s website.

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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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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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