All events take place from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in 5057 Woodward Ave. #10302 unless otherwise indicated.


Monday, September 14, 2015 – Kiese Laymon at Bernath Auditorium

Kiese Laymon is an American writer, editor and associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College. Author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Laymon's work deals with American racism, feminism, family, masculinity, geography, Hip-hop and Southern black life. His provocations, essays, and other works of short fiction appear on his blog, Cold Drank. Laymon has written essays and stories for numerous online publications, including his work as a contributing editor at Gawker.

Monday, September 21, 2015 – Pete Brown

After early success as a leading British beat poet, Pete Brown joined forces with Cream, the innovative blues/rock band, writing the lyrics for many of their major hits, including "Sunshine Of Your Love," "White Room," "I Feel Free" and "Politician." Many of these songs are now standards.


Monday, November 9, 2015 – Tarfia Faizullah

Bangladeshi-American poet, editor, and educator Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in west Texas. She received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Seam (SIU 2014), which U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls “beautiful and necessary,” as well as Register of Eliminated Villages, (Graywolf 2017). She co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and lives in Detroit, MI. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

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