Zilka Joseph teaches creative writing. Her chapbooks Lands I Live In and What Dread were both nominated for a PEN America and a Pushcart award, respectively. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, and The MacGuffin. Wayne State University Press recently published her book of poems, Sharp Blue Search of Flame.
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor http://crazywisdom.net 734-665-2757
Featured reader is followed by Open Mic reading. • FREE. All writers welcome • Read your own or other favorite poetry. • Sign up begins 6:45 p.m. • Poetry Series readings every fourth Wednesday hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, & Dave Jibson. See our blog at Facebook/Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series.
Diane DeCillis owned an award-winning art gallery near Detroit. Her first poetry collection, Strings Attached, was honored as a Michigan Notable Book for 2015, and won The Next Generation Indie Book Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in Minnesota Review, Nimrod, and Connecticut Review. Lebanese culture and magic realism inform her work.
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor http://crazywisdom.net 734-665-2757
Featured reader is followed by Open Mic reading. • FREE. All writers welcome • Read your own or other favorite poetry. • Sign up begins 6:45 p.m. • Poetry Series readings
Kathleen McGookey has had poems in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Quarterly West. Her book of prose poems, Heart in a Jar, appeared from White Pine Press this spring. She has two other books of poems, two chapbooks, and has translated a book of French poet Georges Godeau’s prose poems.
Gregory Loselle has published four poetry chapbooks, the most recent being About the House. He won the Hopwood, Frost and Dove awards for his poetry and a fiction prize from Saturday Evening Post. His poems have appeared in Alehouse, Comstock Review, Rattle, and Peninsula Poets. He teaches secondary English locally.
Featured reader is followed by Open Mic reading. • FREE. All
writers welcome • Read your own or other favorite poetry. •
Sign up begins 6:45 p.m. • Poetry Series readings
Richard Solomon is a poet and developmental pediatrician influenced by the psychedelic Vietnam War era and the resilient suffering of children. His poems have won prizes from The 57th Street Bookstore Contest (Chicago), the Wurgel Flomp comic poetry contest, and Ann Arbor Current. They have been published in Michigan Quarterly Review, 5am, and 3rd Wednesday.
Crazy Wisdom Book Store & Tea Room
114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Featured reader is followed by Open Mic reading. • FREE. All writers welcome • Read your own or other favorite poetry. • Sign up begins 6:45 p.m. • Poetry Series readings every fourth Wednesday hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, & Dave Jibson.
Saleem Peeradina live at The Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle – June 28, 2017.
Several members of the Poetry Society of Michigan will gather for a public reading from Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor on Sunday, April 23rd at 3 PM. This reading of their own poems is in observance of Shakespeare’s birthday as well as National Poetry Month.
Subjects and styles are as varied as Michigan’s topography and culture: sandy beaches and diversified industry in the West, Rust Belt spaces in the East, long winters in rural UP North. Some of the poems’ titles suggest the diversity: “The Midwest in Us,” “Swimming after Labor Day,” “Scrap Metal Mantra,” and “Detroit Pheasant.”
More than a dozen of the poets who participate have distinguished records of book and magazine publication. They include Marilyn Churchill, Madeline Diehl, Katherine Edgren, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Laurence Goldstein, David James, Zilka Joseph, Michael Lauchlan, Ken Meisel, Mary Minock, Saleem Peeradina, and Laurence Thomas. The Editors— Edward Morin, Lynn Gilbert, and David Jibson— will read and be on hand for a discussion afterward.
Apr 23, 2017 – 3:00 pm Event address: Nicola’s Books, Westgate Shopping Center 2513 Jackson Avenue Ann Arbor, MI.
May 24, 2017 – An Evening of Poetry and Written Word:
Bill Yarrow, Professor of English at Joliet Junior College and editor at Blue Fifth Review, is the author of 3 books of poetry—The Vig of Love, Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences— and four chapbooks. He has been nominated 8 times for a Pushcart Prize.
Zilka Joseph teaches creative writing. Her chapbooks Lands I Live In and What Dread were nominated for a PEN America and a Pushcart award, respectively. Her book Sharp Blue Search of Flame was recently published by Wayne State University Press. www.zilkajoseph.com
All writers welcome to read their own or other favorite poetry or short fiction afterward at an open mic. Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and David Jibson.
7-8:45 pm at Crazy Wisdom Book Store & Tea Room,
114 S. Main, Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 26th, 2017
John Hazard has poems in Carolina Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Shenandoah. His 2015 collection is Naming a Stranger. He’s taught at U. of Memphis, Cranbrook Schools, and now Oakland University. Originally from southern Ohio, John lives in Birmingham, MI.
Alexander Weinstein is the Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016). His fiction and translations have appeared in Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Notre-Dame Review, Pleiades, PRISM International, World Literature Today, and other journals. He is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and his fiction has been awarded the Lamar York, Gail Crump, Hamlin Garland, and New Millennium Prize. His stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appear in the anthologies2013 New Stories from the Midwest, and the2014 & 2015 Lascaux Prize Stories. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and a freelance editor, and leads fiction workshops in the United States and Europe.
March 22nd, 2017
has work published in failbetter,
The Midwest Quarterly, Flyway, Nimrod, and
Her first poetry collection is Necessary
Press) and her second is the forthcoming
Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman.
She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
work in Graffiti
Rag, The Alternative Press, The Malpais Review,
are Iraqis: Aesthetics
and Politics in a Time of War, Inclined
to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and To
Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project.
She’s Interim Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts
February 22nd, 2017
Amorak Huey, former newspaper editor and reporter, authored the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly, 2016). He teaches writing at Grand Valley State University.
It Occurred to Me Today That I Will Probably Die in Michigan
Maybe on a dune overlooking a lake.
Maybe during a snowstorm in a pothole
between innings of a Tigers game
on the front lawn of a Dutch Reform church
during the Cherry Festival, surrounded
by tulips. In this state we are never
more than six miles from freshwater.
In this state we are not fit to judge
the motives of our neighbors
but we speak with great authority
on the nature of pleasantness,
well-made furniture, skinned animals.
There’s blood under the pinestraw
of our history, bullet holes
in the city limits signs,
we created more perfect unions
then we laid everyone off.
My life here is my life here.
My parents met an hour from where
I sleep next to my wife or stay up too late
to watch Criminal Minds, the same choice
every night, or at least the same illusion
of the same choice. Narrative
is a kind of cage as state lines
are convenient truth, plot hole,
invasive species. It’s snowing again
and we’re all complaining. Every hour
starts with a victim, ends with a rescue,
the opposite of all our lives.
– Amorak Huey