Senior Lecturer M. L. Liebler Receives Murray E. Jackson Award

The English Department is pleased to announce that Senior Lecturer M. L. Liebler has been named the 2017-18 Recipient of the Wayne State University Murray E. Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award.  The award honors an established record of artistic achievement and high-quality work in the traditional performing, literary arts, or visual arts.  Recipients must show professional purposefulness and the potential to grow and advance in their artistic career as a result of the award.  They must also be committed to working “in residence” at Wayne State University throughout the award year to share the working process and the final artistic product.


Liebler is an internationally known and widely published Detroit poet, professor, literary arts activist, and arts organizer. He has been teaching at Wayne State since 1980.  He is the author of 15 books and chapbooks including Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream (WSU Press 2008) featuring poems written in and about Russia, Israel, Germany, Alaska and Detroit. Wide Awake won both The Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence and The American Indie Book Award for 2009. In 2011, his groundbreaking anthology Working Words: Punching the Clock & Kicking Out the Jams (Coffee House Press) was given a Library of Michigan Notable Book Award. In 2017, Liebler received two Library of Michigan Notable Book Awards for both his new collection of poems, I Want to Be Once (WSU Press 2016) and for Heaven Was Detroit: An Anthology of Detroit Music Essays from Jazz to Hip-hop (WSU Press 2016).  

He is the founding director of both The National Writer's Voice Project in Detroit and the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization.  Liebler was named the first Poet Laureate for his hometown of St. Clair Shores in 2005.


Photo caption: Photo by Jessica Trevino



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Senior Lecturer M. L. Liebler Receives Murray E. Jackson Award 4/20/2017
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