Monday, October 29, 2012
7:00-9:00 p.m. in S100
Refreshments after event
M.L. Liebler & The Coyote Monk Poetry Band
The new Coyote Monk Poetry Band features Grammy Winning Eminem Producer and Bassist Steve King, The Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola, Frankie the K on the keys, Eddie Baranek from The Sights and from The Dangerous Diane Band and 54 Sound Studio drummer Leonard Johnson.
M.L. Liebler is an internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer, and he is the author of 13 books including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream (Wayne State University Press 2008). Wide Awake won both The Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence and The American Indie Book Award for 2009. In 2005, he was named St. Clair Shores (his hometown) first Poet Laureate. Liebler has read and performed his work in Israel, The West Bank, Gaza, Russia, China, France, UK, Macao, Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland, Afghanistan and most of the 50 States. M.L. Liebler has taught English, American Studies, Labor Studies and World Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit since 1980, and 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. He was recently selected as Best Detroit Poet by The Detroit Free Press & Detroit's Metro Times. In 2010, he received The Barnes & Noble Poets & Writers Writers for Writers Award with Maxine Hong Kingston & Junot Diaz. His groundbreaking working class literary anthology from The Coffee House Press (Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams) received The Michigan Library Notable Book Award for 2011. www.mlliebler.com.
Jim Ray Daniels is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. He has published numerous collections of short stories. Daniels won the Best Regional Fiction Gold Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards; the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching from Carnegie Mellon; the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award; the 2003 FOREWARD magazine Gold Medal award for Short Story Fiction for Detroit Tales; a Pushcart Prize in 2000; the Brittingham Poetry Prize; and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. His new collection of stories is entitled Trigger Man: More Tales from The Motor City and Having a Little Talk With Capital P Poetry. He was born and raised in Warren, MI.
Joyce Jenkins is editor and publisher of Poetry Flash. She is author of the chapbook Portal and Joy Road. Her poems have appeared in Parthenon West Review, Ambush Review, Addison Street Anthology: Berkeley's Poetry Walk, ZYZZYVA, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Watershed, and elsewhere. She received the American Book Award, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Lifetime Achievement Award, National Poetry Association's Distinguished Service to Poets & Poetry Award, and the Berkeley Poetry Festival lifetime acheivement award. She was born and raised in Detroit.
Poet and essayist Rick Kempa teaches writing and philosophy and directs the honors Program at Western Wyoming Community College. Born in Chicago, Kempa moved west in 1974 to attend St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After a several-year career as a hitchhiker and oddjobsman, he enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 1987. He has been a Wyomingite since 1988. He is an avid hiker, with a special love for the red rock wilderness of Utah and Arizona and the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.
A Senior Lecturer in English, Sara Lamers became a full time faculty member at LTU in 2005. She is the author of the poetry collection A City Without Trees (March Street Press, 2007) and the chapbook Applause: The Patron Saint Poems (Pudding House Publications, 2010). She was a nominee for the 2011 Pushcart Prize, and her manuscript Something Fierce Beds Down was a semi-finalist in the University of Wisconsin Press's Brittingham and Pollak Poetry contest in 2008. Lamers holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Purdue University, and more than 50 of her poems have been published in literary journals.
In addition to Creative Writing courses, she teaches World Masterpieces II and Modern Poetry and has served as the faculty advisor for LTU's Artists' Guild since 2006. Lamers is a member of Springfed Arts: the Metro Detroit Writers' Guild and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).