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I’ve got a few literary events coming up:

October 19: The Motor City Writes, PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 3pm. I’m headlining the all-nonfiction Saturday afternoon reading, which will also feature Xia Gauthier, Grahm Hannah, Paul Hudson Mack, Eric Ruelle and Gary Wagaman. There’s a $5 cover with all proceeds going to a charity of my selection.

November 21: Book-launch party for Holidays & Other Disasters, Motor City Wine, 1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 6 pm. Free wine, free parking and cheap copies of my new book, which Humanist Press is publishing the preceding week.

December 7: Good Tyme Writer’s Buffet, Public Pool, 3309 Caniff, Hamtramck, 7pm. A multi-author potluck with Jeff Alfier, Tobi Cogswell, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Steve Hughes, Caroline Maun, Ken Meisel, Michelle Webster-Hein and me.

December 13: Books and Baristas, Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 6 pm. An old-school coffee-house reading.



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“Little magazines are the pollinators of works of art: literary movements and eventually literature itself could not exist without them.” Cyril Connolly wasn’t thinking of Spot Literary Magazine when he said that – he was writing about 43 years before Susan Hansell started editing the journal – but he might as well have been.

After years of association with the journal, I was finally able to meet some of the artists whose work it fosters when issue 4.2 was released on November 21. A reading was held at a Borders bookstore in Long Beach with participants including Laurel Ann Bogen, Luisa Peña, Joan Jobe Smith, Bill Mohr, Eric Morago, Fred Voss, Jeffrey C. Alfier, John F. Buckley, Tobi Cogswell and me. Publisher Gerald Uyeno estimated that more than 100 people attended the standing-room-only event, which I enjoyed immensely.

Some of the contributors to Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 2

In an additional act of literature pollination, the SLM team arranged another reading the night before featuring Cogswell, who read from Poste Restante, and Voss, who read from Hammers and Hearts of the Gods. I read from Fighters & Writers, and Smith acted as emcee. (One of the essays in Fighters & Writers first appeared in SLM.) Essayist don’t usually read with poets; I did it on two consecutive evenings.

With Gerald Uyeno and Susan Hansell

SLM is something special, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Reading in Long Beach, November 21, 2010

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