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Bonnie Jo Campbell / December 2, 2020

BonnieJoCampbellBonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the bestselling novel, Once Upon a River, and the story collection American Salvage—a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent story collection is entitled Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. She has received a Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM  •  Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Email cwpoetrycircle@gmail.com for Zoom link.
The link will be sent via email the day of the event.

The reading will be followed by an open mic. Participants are welcome to to read a poem of their own or a favorite.

January 27 / Hedy Habra

HeadyHabraJanuary 27 – Hedy Habra is a polyglot essayist and artist whose third book of poems, The Taste of the Earth, won the Silver Nautilus Award. Tea in Heliopolis won the USA Best Book Award and Under Brushstrokes was finalist for the International Book Award. She has lived in Egypt, Brussels, and now Kalamazoo. Her website is hedyhabra.com

Featured Reader for 50 minutes. Open Mic reading will follow. All writers are welcome to share their own or other favorite poetry.

February 24 / Patricia Hooper & Dannye Powell

PatriciaHooperPatricia Hooper is author of Separate Flights and Wild Persistence—the most recent of her five books of poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and Kenyon Review, and have won six major awards. She is a U. of Michigan alumna and now lives in Gastonia, North Carolina.

DannyePowelDannye Romine Powell, newspaper editor and author of In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver and four other poetry collections, often depicts troubles with close relatives. She has published in Ploughshares, Paris Review, and Poetry. She once occupied the former bedroom of Sylvia Plath during a residency at the Yaddo Foundation’s mansion.

Featured Reader for 50 minutes. Open Mic reading will follow. All writers are welcome to share their own or other favorite poetry.

March 24 / Ken Meisel & Jeff Vande Zande

kenmeiselKen Meisel, is a psychotherapist and author of eight books of poetry. With tender, grave empathy, Our Common Souls: New & Selected Poems of Detroit traces the conflicted searches for hope, sense of connection to place, and material and social problems embedded in the landscape of his deindustrialized city.

JeffVendeZandeeff Vande Zande has published four novels including American Poet, which won a Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan. His story collections are Emergency Stopping, Threatened Species, and The Neighborhood Division. He is also a film maker, teaches at Delta College, and has a blog at www.authorjeffvandezande.blogspot.com.

Featured Reader for 50 minutes. Open Mic reading will follow. All writers are welcome to share their own or other favorite poetry.

April 28 / National Poetry Month Event

April 28 – Celebrate National Poetry Month! In April we feature a reading by participants of the peer-driven writers workshop of the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Selections of their work will be read by Joseph Kelty, David Jibson, Edward Morin, Loraine Lamey, Lissa Perrin, Gregory Mahr, Dana Dever, and others.

Featured Reader for 50 minutes. Open Mic reading will follow. All writers are welcome to share their own or other favorite poetry.

Dunya Mikhail / September 23, 2020

DunyaMilkhail

Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi-American whose five books of poems address themes of war, exile, and loss. She has received Guggenheim and Kresge fellowships, the Arab American Book Award, and the U.N. Human Rights Award. She currently teaches Arabic language and literature at Oakland University. Her reading will be bilingual.

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM  •  Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Email cwpoetrycircle@gmail.com for Zoom link.
The link will be sent via email the day of the event.

The reading will be followed by an open mic.
Participants are invited to read a poem of their own or a favorite.

Donovan Hohn & Natalie Bakopoulos / October 28, 2020

DonovanHohnDonovan Hohn is the author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, a New York Times Notable Book and runner-up for two major awards. His essays appear in Harper’sLapham’s Quarterly, and Best Creative Nonfiction. He will read from The Inner Coast: Essays, published last June.

NatalieBakopoulosNatalie Bakopoulos is the author of two novels: The Green Shore and the recently published Scorpionfish. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and O. Henry Prize Stories. She’s an assistant professor at Wayne State University and faculty member of the summer program, Writing Workshops in Greece.

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM  •  Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Email cwpoetrycircle@gmail.com for Zoom link.
The link will be sent via email the day of the event.

The reading will be followed by an open mic. Participants are invited to read a poem of their own or a favorite.

Esperanza Cintrón / July 22, 2020

July 22 – Esperanza Cintrón is author of three books of poetry: Visions of a Post-Apocalyptic Sunrise, the Naomi Long Madgett Award-winning What Keeps Me Sane, and Chocolate City Latina. Her interconnected stories of Shades, Detroit Love Stories, was published by WSU Press. She has recent work in Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets.

This event will be held online via Zoom. Email cwpoetrycircle@gmail.com to request the meeting link. Link will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Featured reader is followed my open mic.

Arnold Johnston / June 24, 2020

ArnieJohnsonArnold Johnston, former chair of English at WMU, writes poems, fiction, plays and translations that have been widely published and awarded prizes. He performs many stage roles and solo concerts. The Chicago Tribune named his production of Jacques Brel’s songs one of 30 “must-see” shows for summer 2017. He has a newly published poetry collection and novel.

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM  •  Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Email cwpoetrycircle@gmail.com for Zoom link.
The link will be sent via email the day before the event.

The featured reader will be followed by an open mic. Particpants are invited to read a poem of their own or a favorite.

Richard Tillinghast – May 27, 2020

Online Poetry Reading via ZOOM

Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series
For the
The Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
May 27, 2020
Richard Tillinghast

Tillinghast2Richard Tillinghast has published twelve books of poetry and five of creative nonfiction. His most recent publication is Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places. He has taught at Harvard, U. of Michigan, U. Cal Berkeley, and Sewanee. Retired, he’s lived in Ireland and now Hawaii, spending summers in Tennessee.

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM  •  Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Email cwpoetrycircle@gmail.com for Zoom link.

114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor http://crazywisdom.net 734-665-2757

Featured readers are followed by Open Mic reading. • FREE • All writers welcome. Read your own or other favorite poetry. • See our webpage and blog at https://cwcircle.poetry.blog/ and on Facebook.