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


Monday, January 25, 2016 – Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack is a writer whose most recent novel, Breaking and Entering, was awarded the Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She also is the author of Paradise, New York, a novel, and two collections of short fiction, In the Mouth and The Rabbi in the Attic, as well as a work of creative nonfiction called Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull and two innovative textbooks, Creative Nonfiction and Creative Composition. Her latest book, The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boy’s Club was recently released by Beacon Press. She teaches on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

Monday, February 8, 2016 – Jamaal May

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, Michigan, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum, received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and was named one The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013.
In 2014 Jamaal received several honors including the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M.
J. Wood Prize in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the Rose O’Neil Literary House, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears on, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, and Ploughshares. Poems have also been anthologized in Please Excuse this Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation, 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. Jamaal is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Tarfia Faizullah. This reading is part of the NCTE African American Read In.

Monday, March 7, 2016 – Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is due out from Fence Books in spring 2016. His previous books include Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater, To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry, and was a National Poetry Series selection. His work has been widely translated and anthologized; his radio pieces have aired on stations across the country. Toscano works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science.

Monday, April 11, 2016 – Chris Tysh

Poet, playwright, and translator Chris Tysh has been on the faculty of the English department at Wayne State University, Detroit since 1989, where she teaches creative writing and women’s studies. She is a recipient of a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a 2010 Kresge Arts Fellowship. Her latest publications are Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic (Les Figues, 2013); Molloy: The Flip Side (BlazeVox, 2012); and Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K (United Artists, 2010). She recently won a WSU Board of Governors Faculty Recognition award for Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic. She is the 2015-2016 recipient of Wayne State’s Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award, the highest award presented to a creative artist at Wayne State.

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