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Springfed's Ferndale District Library Reading
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7pm.  Hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring Springfed Arts writers who teach workshops: Diane DeCillis, Maureen Dunphy, Melinda LePere, Dawn McDuffie, Nancy Owen Nelson, Kristine Uyeda, Carolyn Walker.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner.
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

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Springfed's Ferndale District Library Reading
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7pm.  Hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring poets Thomas Lynch and Cindy Hunter Morgan.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner.
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

Thomas Lynch is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays.  A book of stories, Apparition & Late Fictions was published in 2010.  A "Classic Contemporary" edition of Skating with Heather Grace, his first book of poems, has just been reissued by Carnegie-Mellon University Press.   In 2011, Paraclete Press published The Sin Eater: A Breviary -- a collection of his sin-eater poems accompanied by black and white photographs by Michael Lynch and cover art by Sean Lynch.  Salmon Press, The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland. Thomas Lynch's essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, The New York Times and Times of London, The New Yorker, Poetry and The Paris Review and elsewhere.  He lives in Milford, Michigan where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland where he keeps an ancestral cottage.

Cindy Hunter Morgan is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. A new book of poems, Harborless, informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks was recently published by Wayne State University Press. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including Salamander, Sugar House Review, and West Branch. She teaches at Michigan State University.

Springfed's Ferndale District Library Reading
Monday, December 12, 2016 7pm.  Hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring poets Casey Rocheteau, Nandi Comer, Corina M. Fadel and songwriter Michelle Held.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner. Thanks also to Karin Nanos and Tracy Gallup.
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod and raised as a sea witch. Winner of inaugural Write a House Permanent Residency in Detroit 2014. Casey has attended Callalou Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily.  She is involved in many projects including Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Residence in Detroit, and serving as editor in chief at Kinfolks Quarterly and Heart Online Journal.  Her second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press earlier this year.  Her work has been described as “ruthlessly funny” and “the best Swiss Army Knife ever.”

NANDI COMER received a joint MFA/MA in Poetry and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Arts. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project (Wayne State University Press, 2014), Detroit Anthology (Rust Belt Chic Press, 2014), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Pluck!, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Indiana Review. She is a recipient of a 2016 Write A House Permanent Residency in Detroit award.

Corina M. Fadel is a Detroit-based, queer writer, dancer, and bodyworker who is fascinated with the idea of home, and consistently seeks to complicate her understanding of both life and death. She respects the power of questions, lives her life in the spirit of "both; and" and believes in the realm of magical possibility. Corina writes often and has done so passionately and privately for most of her life.

Michelle Held is a singer/songwriter from Detroit.  Her music harnesses all that encompasses the city, from hard-bitten soul to an ethereal grit. Virtually self-taught, she honed her skills at coffee shops and open mics. With appearances at the DIA; TV and Radio spots on WDET, NPR and WXYZ TV20, she has carved out a place in the Detroit music scene. Detroit Metro Times says, "It's her voice that adds the X-factor, that little bit of welcome strange." Her singular voice, razor sharp candor and intricate guitar style honors the past yet owns a timelessness that rings through each song.

Springfed's Ferndale District Library Reading
Tuesday, April 5, 7pm.  Hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring poets Ken Meisel, Joy Gaines Friedler, Lucinda Sabino and songwriter Lauren Crane.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner.
April is Poetry Month and The Boston Tea Room of Ferndale is providing a tea tasting.
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

Ken Meisel is a poet and psychotherapist from the Detroit area. He is a 2012 Kresge Arts Literary Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, Swan Duckling chapbook contest winner, and author of six poetry collections: The Drunken Sweetheart at My Door (FutureCycle Press: 2015), Scrap Metal Mantra Poems (Main Street Rag: 2013), Beautiful Rust (Bottom Dog Press: 2009), Just Listening (Pure Heart Press: 2007), Before Exiting (Pure Heart Press: 2006) and Sometimes the Wind (March Street Press: 2002). He recently won the Laikoura Prize awarded by the poetry magazine Perine's Fountain. His work in over 80 national magazines including Cream City Review, Rattle, Ruminate, Midwest Gothic, Concho River Review, San Pedro River Review, Boxcar Review, Birdfeast, Muddy River Poetry Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Lake Effect, Third Wednesday and Bryant Literary Review.

Joy Gaines-Friedler teaches creative writing for non-profits where she works with “at-risk” communities, including workshops at Children’s Village, Common Ground, Haven, and The University of Michigan’s PCAP (Prison Creative Arts Project) where she teaches poetry to male inmates of The Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer Michigan. Joy is also an instructor for Springfed Arts where she teaches adult workshops in Advanced Poetry & Memoir. Her poetry has received wide recognition including a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her work can be found in over 50 literary journals and anthologies, including The Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry alongside such notable poets as Philip Levine, Ed Hirsch and Jane Hirschfield. Joy’s work is also included in Poetry in Michigan in Poetry, The Bear River Review, The New York Quarterly and others. Joy is the author of two full-length poetry books. Her third is forthcoming.

Lucinda Sabino is a Michigan poet whose work treats longing and loss with humor and hope. Her chapbook We’re Coming Close was published by Pudding House Press. Her second publication, Dancing in the Intersection is a collaboration with poet David Strong. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Driftwood, The Bridge and PrePress: New Michigan Writers. She teaches an advanced poetry workshop for Springfed Arts and is currently working on a collaborative book of poems and photographs about children in Cambodia and Viet Nam.

Lauren Crane was born on the cusp of the Great Lake Erie in a yellow house built by her father’s hand. She grew up meandering along the lakeshore, counting dead fish and bottle caps, skipping stones, running around in the woods, splashing in ponds and streams, eating plums straight off the trees, catching snakes, pollywogs and hell. Her ears were filled with the sounds of crashing waves, crickets, bees, Baptist hymns, the Beatles, Roy Orbison, Billie Holiday, Simon and Garfunkel, her father’s “Hillbilly Music,” and Saturday’s Texaco Opera. These are the threads from which her cloth was cut and the influences that shape her music. Lauren’s songs can be fat with bumblebees, soft as silk, saucy, sexy, sardonic, sad, yet with wisps of humor, colorful imagination and tactile feelings woven throughout. Her oft-bluesy delivery and lyrics that stick in your head like wet Lake Erie sand, tell stories that can delight and surprise. Whether it’s the murder and extortion in Old Washer Woman, sweet love in Makin’ Honey, or the smoky Mama Got Big Thighs, her songs seem to possess an old and enduring soul.

2nd Tuesday Reading Series
Tuesday, December 8, 7pm, Featuring Nancy Owen Nelson and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Talking Turns is a new reader series at Pages Bookshop,19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48223. Sponsored by Springfed Arts and hosted by Mindy LePere and Joy Gaines-Friedler.
Talking Turns: We offer a chance for prose and poetry to take turns and for the audience to be involved. Featured authors will share their work, as well as a poem or paragraph from another writer who has influenced them. We turn the reading into conversation - sort of ruminate around a campfire, the only glow coming from the warmth of Susan Murphy’s bookstore and a plastic glass of reasonable wine.
Nancy Owen Nelson teaches at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. She has edited and co-edited several academic books such as The Selected Letters of Frederick Manfred:  1932-1954 (with Arthur R. Huseboe) and Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life. She has published critical essays in journals such as The South Dakota Review and Western American Literature, as well as creative nonfiction and poetry in several journals and anthologies.  She teaches memoir workshops for Springfed Arts literary and music organization in the Detroit area.   Her recently published memoir, Searching for Nannie B: Connecting Three Generations of Southern Women, was released in June, 2015.
2nd Tuesday Reading Series
Tuesday, November 10, 7pm, Featuring Linda Sienkiewicz and Nandi Comer.
Linda K Sienkiewicz, author of In the Context of Love, attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop. A scholarship art student, she worked in graphics before raising a family. Years later, she returned to her other passion, writing. Her poetry, short stories and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, such asPrairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River and Permafrost. She has a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press and an MFA from The University of Southern Maine. Website:

Nandi Comer is the lead writer for Techno Poetics, a collaboration between Detroit music makers and writers. She received a joint MFA/MA in Poetry and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Arts, Cave Canem and Callaloo. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. (Wayne State University Press, 2014) Detroit Anthology (Rust Belt Chic Press, 2014), in Another and Another: An Anthology From the Grind Daily Writing Series (Bull City Press, 2012), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Prairie Schooner Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Sycamore Review.


2nd Tuesday Reading Series
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm, Featuring Diane DeCillis and George Dila
Diane DeCillis’s poetry collection, Strings Attached, (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2014), has been honored as a Michigan Notable Book for 2015 and is the winner of The 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for poetry. She is also a finalist for the Forward Indie Fab Book Award for poetry. She's been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and Best American Poetry. Her poems, stories and essays have appeared in CALYX, Evansville Review, Nimrod International Journal, Connecticut Review, Gastronomica, Rattle, Reunion, and numerous other journals.

George Dila’s short story collection Nothing More to Tell was published by Mayapple Press in 2011, and his short story chapbook Working Stiffs was publsihed by One Wet Shoe Press in 2014. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in numerous literary journals. He is the fiction editor of Third WednesdayJournal, and an editor-at-large of Referential Journal. A native Detroiter and graduate of Wayne State University, he now lived in the Lake Michigan shore town of Ludington, with his wife Judith.
Springfed's Ferndale Public Library Reading
Thursday, October 1, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring poets Robert Fanning, Dennis Hinrichsen, Janet Lawless.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
Robert Fanning is the author of five poetry books, including three full-length collections: Our Sudden Museum (forthcoming, Salmon Press), American Prophet (Marick Press), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press), and two chapbooks: Sheet Music (forthcoming, Three Bee Press), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program "The Poet and the Poem." A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children. To read his work, visit
Dennis Hinrichsen’s most recent works are Skin Music, co-winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press, and Electrocution, A Partial History, winner of the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art. Both will appear in 2015.  His previous books include Rip-tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize) and Kurosawa’s Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize). An earlier work Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights received the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize. Poems of his can be found in a number of recent anthologies including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, New Poetry From the Midwest 2014, Clash by Night (an anthology inspired by The Clash’s London Calling), and Best of the Net 2014. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.
Janet Lawless teaches English and literature classes Macomb Community College and Indus Center for Academic Excellence, The Detroit Indian Center, and manages a private English coaching business named Lawless Language Arts.   She designed and led creative writing classes at the Boysville juvenile detention facility in Monroe, Michigan.  She also created and led a Writers’ Powwow workshop at Borders Bookshop in Birmingham. She was also a winner in the Tompkins-Bruenton Literary Awards sponsored by Wayne State University. Janet Lawless has been published in and has edited literary works in The Wayne Literary Review, the Word Enamel, ManicDpress, Abandon Automobile, Moving Out, and Artifex  She has been featured in and produced literary readings, workshops, and events both in Detroit and Seattle for over ten years and continues to write, teach, read, and publish.
2nd Tuesday Reading Series
Tuesday, September 8, 7pm
Talking Turns is a new reader series at Pages Bookshop, Detroit. Sponsored by Springfed Arts and hosted by Mindy LePere and Joy Gaines-Friedler. Join us for our inaugural event when we feature poet Michael Laughlan and novelist John Jeffire.
Talking Turns: We offer a chance for prose and poetry to take turns and for the audience to be involved. Featured authors will share their work, as well as a poem or paragraph from another writer who has influenced them. We turn the reading into conversation - sort of ruminate around a campfire, the only glow coming from the warmth of Susan Murphy’s bookstore and a plastic glass of reasonable wine.
Michael Lauchlan’s 2015 book of poetry, Trumbull Ave. (Wayne State University Press, 2015), calls to mind the realities of Detroit and its people. His poems have appeared in many publications and have been anthologized in Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press, 2001) and A Mind Apart. His earlier collections are And the Business Goes to Pieces and Sudden Parade.
John Jeffire’s 2014 novel River Rouge brings to life the story of Henry Ford's auto industry, his workers and henchmen, Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo, and the making of DIA mural. It has received rave reviews. His 2005 novel Motown Burning was named Grand Prize Winner in the Mount Arrowsmith Novel Competition and in 2007 it won a Gold Medal for Regional Fiction in the Independent Publishing Awards.
Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI, 48223.
Springfed Writers & Music Series
Friday, December 13, 2013, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow Michael Zadoorian for fiction, 2013 Kresge Arts Fellow Cary Loren for arts criticism/interdisciplinary work, Oscar-winning songwriter Luis Resto, Springfed writers, Kelly Fordon & Diane Dickinson.  More special guests to be announced.
Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.
Michael Zadoorian, 2013 Kresge Fellow, is the author of two novels, The Leisure Seeker (William Morrow, 2009) and Second Hand (W.W. Norton, 2000), and a story collection, The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit(Wayne State University Press, 2009). He is a recipient of Columbia University’s Anahid Literary Award, the Michigan Notable Book award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He has published works in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, North American Review and Detroit Noir. Born and raised in Detroit, he now lives in Ferndale, Michigan.  Zadoorian was the 2012 prose judge in the Springfed Arts Writing Contest.  His reading will be augmented with piano accompaniment.
Cary Loren, 2013 Kresge Arts Fellow, began his writing career with self-published art zines in the 1970s. Loren has published one obscure novella in Dutch, poetry (as lyricist for Destroy All Monsters and Monster Island) and maintains a blog where he posts essays on the arts. His works in progress include a book-length study of the Detroit Artists Workshop and biographical text for a photography book on Leni Sinclair. His interests lie in regional histories, collage and the fragmentation and collision of culture and politics. Occasionally, Loren makes zines, videos, music and art. Together with his wife Colleen Kammer, Loren runs The Book Beat, an independent bookstore in Oak Park, Michigan where he facilitates a discussion group on world literature.  Loren will offer present a power point slide program - the subject will be "God's Oasis and other tales from the Psychedelic Sand Pit (1972-1977) or Too Young to be a Hippie, Too Old to be a Punk."
Luis Resto is a Detroit-based musician and songwriter who has collaborated with a wildly diverse collection of accomplished artists in a career that has spanned over three decades. A founding member of the highly influential Was (Not Was), Luis has additionally lent his musical talents to Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Mel Torme, Anita Baker, The Highway Men (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash), 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Yet perhaps most notable, has been his relationship with rapper, Eminem, which has earned him both a Grammy and an Oscar in 2003 as a co-writer on Lose Yourself. He continues to work with Eminem as a songwriter and keyboardist on both recording projects and in live concert. Luis has simultaneously embarked on a solo career releasing his debut album, Combo de Momento in 2010 and the most recent, One Small Light, Spring 2012.  At this Springfed event, percussionist Pepe Espinosa will join Resto who performs with piano.
Kelly Fordon worked at the NPR member station in Detroit and for National Geographic magazine prior to writing fiction and poetry.  Her fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in The Boston Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), The Montreal Review, Flashquake, Red Wheelbarrow, The Windsor Review and various other journals.  Her poetry chapbook, “On The Street Where We Live,” won the 2011 Standing Rock Chapbook Contest and was published in February 2012. A second poetry chapbook, "Tell Me When it Starts to Hurt," will be published in 2013.  She has just completed her MFA in fiction writing at Queens University in Charlotte.  She works for the Inside Out Literary Arts Project in Detroit and teaches a fiction class for Springfed Arts.
Diane Dickinson has worked as a research analyst for an accounting firm and is currently a freelance business writer.  She is a member of Springfed Arts and lives in the Detroit area.  Her poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Altadena Review, and The MacGuffin.
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Springfed Writers & Music Series
Singers Sing Seger Songs
Friday, September 13, 8pm at Trinity House Theatre.

Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Dave Edwards, Al Jacquez, Jill Jack, Chris Mccall, Jim Bizer, Charlie Springer and Bob Monteleone sing songs written by Bob Seger. Tickets $20 online or at the door.
Trinity House Theatre, 38840 W. Six Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152, (734) 464-6302.
Monday August 12, 2013, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Springfed Arts 2013 Writing Contest Finalists: Alexander Morgan, Elizabeth Mitchell, John Jeffire, Jon Zech, Kevin Griffin, Linda Sienkiewicz, Liza Young, Nadia Ibrashi, Terry Blackhawk.

Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.

Springfed Writers & Music Series
Monday August 5,2013, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Brave New Voices team of City Wide Poets two days before they compete at the National Poetry Slam competition in Chicago.  Also featuring Norene Cashen, Karrie Waarala.
Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Saginaw author of American Poet (Michigan Notable Book Award) Jeff Vande Zande, Grand Rapids first poet laureate Linda Nemec Foster, Bay City’s rare poetry book dealer Jett Whitehead and songwriter Jen Cass.
Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.

Jeff Vande Zande teaches English at Delta College and writes poetry, fiction, and screenplays. His books of fiction include Emergency Stopping and Other Stories (Bottom Dog Press), the novel Into the Desperate Country (March Street Press), the novel Landscape with Fragmented Figures (Bottom Dog Press) and Threatened Species and Other Stories (Whistling Shade Press). His poetry has also been collected into a book, and one of his poems was selected by Ted Kooser to appear in Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry. His most recent book is a novel entitled American Poet, which won the Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Writing by a Michigan Author and a Michigan Notable Book Award from the Library of Michigan. He maintains a website at

Linda Nemec Foster has published nine collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry) and Listen to the Landscape (short-listed for the Michigan Notable Book Award).  Talking Diamonds, her latest book, was selected as a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Poetry.  Her chapbook, Contemplating the Heavens, was the inspiration for jazz pianist Steve Talaga’s original composition which was nominated for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music.  Her latest project, Cry of Freedom, is a collaboration with Hungarian musician Laszlo Slomovits and was released as a CD in 2013.  Foster’s work has appeared in over 300 literary journals including The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review, New American Writing, The North American Review, Nimrod, and Verse Daily.  Her poetry has also been published in anthologies in the United States and Great Britain, translated in Europe, and produced for the stage. She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, the National Writer’s Voice, and the Academy of American Poets.  In 2008, Foster received the International Creative Arts Award in a ceremony at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C.  She was selected to serve as Grand Rapids’ first Poet Laureate from 2003-05.  In 1997, Foster founded the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College.  Visit her website at  Yesterday, May 29, is her birthday.

Jett Whitehead grew up in Saginaw, Michigan.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Northern Michigan University and a master 's degree in creative writing and poetry at Central Michigan University. After teaching creative writing at a local college, Jett began to devote much of his time to his own writing and to poetry. It was while he was in graduate school that he acquired a serious interest in book collecting and he subsequently attended the Antiquarian Book Market Seminar in Denver. He currently operates his own rare book business out of his home in Bay City, Michigan, where he specializes in 20th century American and British poetry.  Whitehead buys, sells and builds collections of modern poetry for institutional and private collectors and clients worldwide.  His stock includes first edition books, broadsides, chapbooks, letters and manuscript material, with a serious focus on fine collector condition and value.  Many items are signed or inscribed by the poets, and include association copies of books with important provenance.  Whitehead’s services include special collection development, in-depth searches for rare titles, appraisals for tax, insurance, and valuation purposes, and consultations.

When Jen Cass released her second CD, Skies Burning Red, she received glowing reviews and was nominated for 2 Detroit Music Awards.  Songs from that record won awards in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, and many others.  When Jen released her next CD, "Accidental Pilgrimage",  it was one of the most added CDs of the summer of 2006 for folk and Americana radio and it included her song "Dear Mr. President". In 2007, her CD "Accidental Pilgrimage" won the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording (note: your editor shares that same award in a tie).  She has been on the songwriting staff of Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters.  Cass is also a trial attorney who lives in Bay City, Michigan.

Springfed Writers & Music Series
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb
Writers: Maureen Dunphy, Joy Gaines-Friedler, J. Gabriel Gates, Hilary Harper, Zilka Joseph, Nancy Owen Nelson, Joe Ponepinto, Lucinda Sabino, Kristine Uyeda, Carolyn Walker. Songwriter: Steve Deasy
Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

An Evening With Four Michigan Poets
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7-9 PM
Hosted by E. Susan Sheiner.  Featuring Mary Jo Firth Gillett, Dennis Hinrichsen, Christine Rhein and D'Anne Witkowski.
Readings, refreshments and book signings.
Ferndale Public Library
222 East Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, (248)546-2504
Sponsored by Springfed Arts.  Free and open to the public

Mary Jo Firth Gillett
is a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow for her poetry.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Vermont College. She has worked as a spot welder, lactation consultant, and high school teacher. She was the Advanced Poetry Workshop instructor for Springfed Arts for 11 years.  Gillett's collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.  Her three award-winning chapbooks are Chandeliers of Fish, Tiger in a Hairnet, and Not One.  Her poems have appeared in The Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Third Coast and Green Mountains Review.  A fourth chapbook, Dance Like a Flame has won the Hill-Stead Sunken Gardens Poetry Award and is forthcoming.

Dennis Hinrichsen
is the author of seven books of poetry.  His most recent is Rip-tooth, winner of the 2010 Tampa Poetry Prize, and Kurosawa's Dog, winner of the 2008 FIELD Poetry Prize.  Hinrichsen has an MFA in writing from the University of Iowa and has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship as well as two grants from the state of Michigan. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Black Warrior Review, and Passages North.  Hinrichsen's poems have been featured on the Poetry Daily and The Academy of American Poets websites.  He lives and teaches in Lansing, Michigan.
Christine Rhein is the author of Wild Flight, winner of the Walt McDonald Poetry Prize (Texas Tech University Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and have been selected for Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best New Poets.  Samples of her work can be found at  A former auto engineer, Rhein lives in Brighton, Michigan. 

D'Anne Witkowski
is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Ferndale with her wife and son.  She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2008 and works there as a lecturer in the English Department Writing Program.  Her biggest accomplishment as a human is her three-year-old son, specifically the fact that he knows all the words to "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner, though she swears that when he is old enough she will explain to him that someone with a fever of 103 is definitely not make-out material and the only person who should check it and see is a doctor.

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Thursday, February 21,2013 7pm
The Art of Seduction: An Evening of Sexual Innuendo, Art and Song
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Dr. Renee Horowitz, Diane Shipley DeCillis and Shayla Hawkins.
The Lido Gallery, 33535 Woodward Ave. (next to Woodward Camera), Birmingham, MI, 248-792-6248.  Light refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored by Springfed Arts and free to members.  $5 donations accepted.  Suggested for adults only.

Dr. Renee Horowitz, founder of the Center for Sexual Wellness in Farmington Hills will be the featured speaker. "An evening talking about sex and seduction in the engaging atmosphere of the Lido Gallery promises to be not only a lot of fun, but thought provoking as well,"  said Dr. Renee Horowitz, who has been a respected obstetrician and gynecologist in metro Detroit for over 25 years. She is a frequent contributor to television and radio programs and has been quoted in Good Housekeeping, Esquire and Metro You magazines.     
Whether you have been the seducer or the seduced, you are invited to a stimulating evening that will weave together the alluring elements of music, art, literature and medicine.

Diane Shipley DeCillis’ poetry and stories have appeared in CAYLX, The North Atlantic Review Nimrod International Journal, Connecticut Review, Gastronomica,   Slipstream, The Southern Indiana Review, and numerous other journals. She’s been awarded the Crucible Poetry Prize, MacGuffin National Poet Hunt, and Ocean Prize. Her poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and for Best American Poetry.She is currently studying food journalism with New York Times food writer and author Molly O'Neill.

Shayla Hawkins has won The Caribbean Writer’s 2008 Canute A. Brodhurst Prize in Short Fiction. She has published poetry, interviews, book reviews and essays in, among other publications, Windsor Review, Carolina Quarterly, Yemassee, Poets & Writers Magazine, and The Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers.  In her book Carambola, a collection of poems, she explores the secret pathways of love--familial, physical and spiritual.  Hawkins employs blues, bop, ekphrasis, free verse, haiku, sequence, sonnet, and other poetic forms.  Charles Johnson, University of Washington professor emeritus and MacArthur “Genius” Grant Recipient says this about Ms. Hawkins, “Deliciously sensuous, smart, sometimes funny but always precise, aesthetically diverse, vivid, and luminous with the life of the spirit yet also palpable with the flesh of the world, these poems in Carambola are beautiful gifts of language and the imagination.”
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Thursday, January 24, 2013 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Caedra Scott-Flaherty, Michelle Regalado Deatrick, Nina Orlovskaya, Ryndee Carney, Penny Hackett-Evans and music from Sin Hielo (Sean Blackman & Wayne Gerard).
The Lido Gallery, 33535 Woodward Ave. (next to Woodward Camera), Birmingham, MI, 248-792-6248.

Caedra Scott-Flaherty grew up in Rochester, New York. She received a B.A. in American Civilizations from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. She is the recipient of the RRofihe Trophy Award for short fiction, and was awarded an artist residency at Millay Colony for the Arts. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including One Story, New England Review, and Open City. She currently lives in the Detroit area with her husband and dog-like cat where she is at work on a novel and collection of stories in a room filled with pig-like objects.

Michelle Regalado Deatrick lives on eighty glacier-sculpted acres of orchard, farm and native prairie in Superior Township.  Recipient of the 2012 Chautauqua Poetry Prize and several other awards, Michelle holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.  She’s been a fellow at  Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony; her work has appeared or is forthcoming in subTerrain, American Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, Best New American Voices and other publications.  Michelle teaches poetry workshops for the University of Michigan’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

Nina K Orlovskaya was born in Ukraine and  emigrated to the United States at age 30.  Then she learned to speak English and went to Oakland University at age of 40.  At  45, she graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing.  She is “ two times mother and two times grandmother.”   Currently,  Nina is a part time business owner and full time poet.  Note from editor:  Nina joined Springfed Arts as a member last year.  She attended Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs.  While most attendees sang and wrote songs, Nina wrote and read her poetry.  Her voice was well-received and added fine flavor to the creative weekend.

Ryndee Carney is a part-time poet, a full-time corporate public relations executive and a wanna-be concert pianist.  A member of Springfed Arts, she is a former student of Mary Jo Firth-Gillett and Cathy Colman, a Los Angeles-based poet.  Her work has appeared in The MacGuffin.  A native Hoosier, she has also lived in Cleveland, L.A., and for the last 15 years, in Birmingham where she resides with her husband and two Japanese Bobtail cats.  She holds a B.A. in English from Hanover College.

Penny Hackett-Evans is a poet with interests in drawing, altered books and singing.  After attending MSU, EMU and University of Detroit, Penny became an ordained minister.  She worked as a Domestic Violence Trainer and as Community Education Specialist for H.A.V.E.N. in the mid-nineties.  She writes, “When Billy Collins was Poet Laureate I heard him say that everyone should write a poem a day.  I began that very day and wrote a poem a day for 5 years.  I have slowed my pace – but do find great joy in writing.  The process causes me to look at the world more closely.  To hone my craft, I have studied with the “three M’s” – Mary Ann Wehler, Margot LaGatutta and Mary Jo Firth Gillette.  I am now studying with Lucinda Sabino and am delighted to read at the Lido in January!”

Sin Hielo is a new musical project with Wayne Gerard & Sean Blackman.  The band is based in Detroit, and has created a new sound of Latin/jazz/rock.  Blackman is a powerful, acoustic nylon-string world music guitarist. Gerard is an electric guitarist jazz virtuoso.  Blackman took world music, a not-so-mainstream genre, and introduced it the masses of Michigan.  Electric guitarist Gerard is an in-demand recording artist – with his ear to the ground in all new musical genres.  Sin Hielo’s musicianship impresses tough, seasoned jazz critics, jam band fans, world music lovers, creatives and urban crowds - not an easy task!  The band's Spanish name translates to Without Ice.

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Thursday, November 29, 2012 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb with writer Keith Hood, Terrence Daryl Shulman, founder of C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous), J. Gabriel Gates, dystopian scifi writer, & Don “Doop” Duprie, songwriter/Kresge Fellow.
Keith Hood’s short fiction has been published in Blue Mesa Review and Quick Fiction. He is also former editor of Orchid: A Literary Review a fiction journal with a too short six-issue life span. His photography has been published in Ontario Review and been exhibited in juried shows at the Michigan Photography Exhibit and the Toledo Museum of Art. Keith also serves on the board of directors of 826 Michigan, a nonprofit writing center designed to help students aged 6-18 develop their writing skills. Keith completed a two-week residency at the Ragdale Artists Colony where he spent the time working a short story collection set, mostly in the city of Detroit.
Terrence Daryl Shulman completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan in 1987. He graduated from The Detroit College of Law in 1991 and has been an attorney-at-law since 1992 specializing in mental health law and criminal defense work. Since 1997 he has been a full-time certified social worker and addictions therapist.  Shulman is the Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding in metro-Detroit. He counsels clients in person and by phone. He has authored four recovery books: “Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery” (2003), “Biting The Hand That Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic” (2005), “Bought Out and $pent! Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending” (2008), and “Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding” (2011).  Shulman was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004.  Since March 1990 Shulman has been in recovery from addictive-compulsive shoplifting and stealing. He is the founder of C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous) which has support groups in the metro-Detroit area and across the U.S.
Don “Doop” Duprie is the front man for the Detroit area alt-country/roots rock band Doop and the Inside Outlaws. Doop is also a laid off firefighter born and raised in industrial River Rouge, Michigan.  Deep working class roots echo throughout his music. He teamed up with legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes) to record his albums “Blood River,” “Everett Belcher” and now “What am I supposed to do?”
The albums made the Top Ten List in Metro Times and “Everett Belcher” won the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Country Recording” and was named “Album of the Day” by Country Music Pride’s podcast American Daily. Doop’s music has been featured on the American Public Media radio show “The Story,” the award-winning podcast and the #1 Americana podcast, “Americana Root Roundtable” on  Doop has been named a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow. The program recognizes Detroit area performing artists for their “creative vision and commitment to excellence.”
The Lido Gallery, 33535 Woodward Ave., Birmingham
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Friday, September 14, 2012 7pm
A Salute to Mary Jo Firth Gillett

Mary Jo Firth Gillett has long been the Advanced Poetry Workshop instructor for Springfed Arts.  She retired this year just in time to become a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow.  We congratulate her and thank her for fostering so many poets and poems.

Mary Jo Firth Gillett's collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.  Her three award-winning chapbooks are Chandeliers of Fish, Tiger in a Hairnet, and Not One.  Her poems have appeared in The Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Third Coast and Green Mountains Review, among other journals. She has won the NY Open Voice Award, a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

A poem each from:
Mary Butler, Ama Carey Barr, Maria Costantini, Diane DeCillis, Diane Dickinson, Anne Doran, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Penny Hackett-Evans, Karin Hoffecker, Nadia Ibrashi, Sara Lamers, Mary Minock, Alexander Morgan, Christine Rhein, Sophia Rivkin, Lucinda Sabino, Mary Schmitt, Susan Sheiner, Kathleen Walsh Spencer, Kristine Uyeda, Rebecca Vlasic, Liz Volpe, Carol Was, Sondra Willobee, D'Anne Witkowski

The Lido Gallery, 33535 Woodward Ave. (next to Woodward Camera), Birmingham, MI, 248-792-6248.  Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free for all.

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7pm

Ken Meisel, Jeanine Matlow, Hilary Harper, Steve Gulvezan.

Ken Meisel is a 2012 Kresge Arts Fellow.   Also a psychotherapist from Detroit, Meisel is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “Beautiful Rust” (Bottom Dog Press, 2009). Much of his work comes from studying how pain becomes healing, and healing becomes hope.  Being Irish, Meisel believes that pain and joy walk as travel companions, and that there is no escape from what we must witness and communicate to one another.

Jeanine Matlow is an interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about design. She is a regular contributor to a number of national and regional publications, such as Ambassador, StyleLine, Home by Design and Metro You. Her weekly column, Smart Solutions, appears in the Homestyle section of The Detroit News.

Hilary Harper is a new memoir instructor for Springfed Arts.  She earned her MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte.  Harper recently completed a memoir about the search for her father and has published short fiction in the literary journals Convergence and Toasted Cheese.  Hilary has served as the curator of writing programs at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, and her essays have appeared in the Grand Rapids Press.

Steven Gulvezan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University and has worked as a journalist and library director.  Jim Daniels says, “Steven Gulvezan’s The Dogs of Paris wakes up the ghost of Charles Bukowski and offers him a stiff drink.  This (poetry) collection is full of wicked humor and a vision skewed to show the absurdities of our daily lives.”
The Lido Gallery, 33535 Woodward Ave. (next to Woodward Camera), Birmingham, MI, 248-792-6248.

In the past:
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 7pm
Finalists of the 2012 Springfed Arts Writing Contest read their winning entries.
Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Christine Rhein, Randy Schwartz, Jon Zech, Lori Eaton, Jenifer DeBellis, Linda Sienkiewicz, Lucinda Sabino, Mary Schmitt.
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Wednesday, July 18, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Dawn McDuffie, Olga Klekner, Alexander Morgan, Carol Carpenter, Patricia Barnes, and music from Sheila Landis and Rick Matle.
Dawn McDuffie Hot on the heels of last year’s Bulky Pick Up Day celebrates the release of her new poetry collection Flag Day, from Adastra Press (which also published her 2006 Carmina Detroit).  Dawn has been teaching poetry for Springfed Arts. Before that she taught in the Detroit Public Schools.  She earned an MA in Humanities from Wayne State University in 1973, and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College in 2003. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, and Feminist Studies.
Olga Klekner is a bilingual, award-winning poet published both in Hungarian and English. Her essays and poetry have appeared in anthologies in the United States and Canada, in The Ambassador Poetry Project, Renaissance City, The MacGuffin, and numerous volumes of Lyceum.  Olga Klekner is also noteworthy for the her jewelry designs.  She lives in the United States (Dearborn, Michigan), Canada and Hungary.
Carol Carpenter is the 3rd place prose winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012.  Her poems and stories have appeared in Soundzine, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The Pedestal, Orbis and Quiddity. Her work had been exhibited by art galleries and produced as podcasts (Connecticut Review and Bound Off). Her chapbook, The Empress of Patton Avenue, appears online at Heartsounds Press. She has received the Hart Crane Memorial Award, the Jean Siegel Pearson Poetry Award and the Artists Among Us Award.  She attends Dawn McDuffie's Springfed Arts poetry class which takes place at the Virgil Carr Center on Tuesday nights.
Patricia Barnes has been a member of Springfed Arts since 2006.  She is the 3rd place poetry winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012.
Alexander Morgan is a retired General Motors mathematician. He won second place for prose in the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2011 and He won second prize prose in Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2008 . Several of his personal essays have appeared in The Artisan’s Well.
Sheila Landis is a 7-time winner of the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" award from the Detroit Music Awards.  She performs with accompaniment from 7-string guitarist Rick Matle.  From the intimate Rick Matle/Sheila Landis Duo to the percussion-driven Brazilian Love Affair to a swinging Ella Fitzgerald Tribute or the well-oiled Sheila Landis Trio, Sheila's strong sense of melody and rhythm combined with her outstanding skill in the art of jazz "scat" singing create compelling live music performances. Sheila also shares her passion for singing and composing by presenting student workshops for all ages (she often collaborated with our late poet Margo LaGattuta). With the focus on "inspiring the creative mind" Sheila earned a grant from The Michigan Council for the Arts/Artserve Michigan in 1999 allowing her to organize several interactive concert/workshops for young musicians and composers.
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Thursday, June 28, 2012, 7pm
Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Joe Oestreich, author of the book "Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock & Roll" a new rock memoir currently on the Amazon Rock Book Charts.  Joe is songwriter and bass player for the band Watershed.   Oestrich will read from his book and offer a an acoustic performance.  “This insightful and entertaining story of a band that almost-but-didn’t-quite make it big in the 1990s is equal parts fascinating autobiography and a hilarious and savvy look at the harsh realities of the music industry. . . . not a story of failure, just a different kind of success.” —Publishers Weekly. Joe Oestreich’s work has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, and other magazines. He’s been awarded a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, honored by The Atlantic Monthly, and shortlisted for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, The Best American Essays 2008 and 2009, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2010. An Ohio State MFA, he teaches creative writing at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Thursday, June 14, 7 pm, 2012,  Angela Bowie reads from her book Lipstick Legends.  Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Carolyn Striho, Eloise Alterman and Sloan Kiriluk.
Angie Bowie, style icon, author, performer, counselor, former wife of David Bowie and role model for outsiders everywhere will be reading from her new book, "Lipstick Legends."
According to Angela, "Lipstick Legends are people who pushed the envelope, and helped redefine sexual mores in the 1970s. Their story is a little bit beautiful, a whole lot brassy!" Journeying from swinging London, to Japan, Los Angeles, New York, and Switzerland, Bowie shares her own personal voyage and along the way she channels some of the most exciting voices of the era of the Lipstick Legends.
Carolyn Striho, winner of Detroit Music Awards Outstanding National Indie Rock Artist/Group 2012 and Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Band of the Year 2011. “Carolyn made her name playing w/ bands Detroit Energy Asylum, Cubes ...but it's as a solo performer that she has really found her niche.  Within this city’s music community, Striho is regarded as one of our best songwriters & her new album “Honesty” showcases that fact.  Honest.”  Brett Callwood - MetroMix - and Detroit Free Press
Eloise Alterman and Sloan Kiriluk are two of John D. Lamb’s music students.  At 14 and 12 years of age, respectively, they are engaging singer-performers on a clear path to becoming songwriters.  Eloise and Sloan attend Academy of Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills and will be sequestered during Angie Bowie's portion of the show.
The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Friday, April 13, 2012,  7 pm

Barry Wallenstein, Edward Haworth Hoeppner, Anca Vlasopolos, Anne Switzer and Mike Will. Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Barry Wallenstein received his PhD in modern poetry from New York University in 1972. Early poems first appeared in 1964 and since then six collections of poetry have been published. In the early 1970s he began collaborating with jazz artists in the performance and recording of his poetry, and he continues to perform with musicians internationally. From 1965 until 2006 he taught literature and writing at the City College of New York where he founded The Poetry Outreach Center, in which he continues to be involved as Professor Emeritus.  One part Mose Allison cool, one part Allen Ginsberg beat, Barry Wallenstein marries words and jazz. He walks the music's city streets with a sharp ear for vernacular and an eye for strange and gritty images. His stories are mainly of urban fringe dwellers -- queens, androgynes, junkies, 14-year-old girls who visit their 14-year-old boyfriends in jail. But Wallenstein doesn't ride the material for its shock value. He plays down the specifics of his street stories in favor of the universals, illuminating desire, loss, and the sad-but-beautiful follies of our lot with verse that's subtle and open. As rappers ham-handedly court jazzmen, and heavy-footed poetry slammers storm the podiums, Wallenstein suggests a genuinely poetic rebirth of cool.

Edward Haworth Hoeppner was born in Winona, Minnesota, where he graduated from Saint Mary's University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1984, and is the author of Echoes and Moving Fields: Structure and Subjectivity in the Poetry of W. S. Merwin and John Ashbery. His poems have appeared in Indiana Review, The Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. He teaches at Oakland University and lives in Rockford, Michigan.  About the collection of poems Heoppner published in 2000, the Las Vegas poet Donald Revell has this to say,  "In the beautiful structures of Rain Through High Windows we meet a poet at nearly perfect peace with change, a poet gifted to shape masses with the most astonishing delicacy. Hoeppner is an architectural clairvoyant, and he reveals the eternal farewell encoded in all forms. I have never said this of any other poet of my generation, and I say it with absolute certainty: Edward Haworth Hoeppner is a Poet of the Sublime."

Anca Vlasopolos has published a detective novel, a memoir, various short stories, over 200 poems, the poetry collection Penguins in a Warming World, and the non-fiction novel The New Bedford Samurai.  She was born in 1948 in Bucharest, Rumania. Her father, a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Rumania, died when Anca was eight. After a sojourn in Paris and Brussels, at fourteen she immigrated to the United States with her mother, a prominent Rumanian intellectual and a survivor of Auschwitz. Anca is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University. She is married to Anthony Ambrogio, a writer and editor; they have two daughters.  Vlasopolos says, " For me, the organization of my poems whether in a collection or for a reading becomes of utmost importance. I take my cue from my predecessors—the British Romantic poets who saw the unity of the whole poetic work, and their successors, Baudelaire with Les Fleurs du mal and its chapters, as well as W. B. Yeats and his books, each answering and continuing the preceding work. I want to guide the reader along a thread that traces the journey of the poems so that they’re not like beads on a string, each equal and separate though tied together, but rather like moments along a walk taken in hyper-aware solitude.”

Anne Switzer is an Assistant Professor and Outreach Librarian at The Kresge Library of Oakland University.  She collaborates with surrounding communities on events such as OU's African American Celebration and Poetry Slams.  Switzer facilitates book clubs and writers groups for students and alumni.  She strives to promote diversity initiatives both in the library and campus-wide.  In addition, she provides reference services at Kresge Library's reference desk, as well as individual research consultations by appointment.  Switzer acts as liaison to the English, Women's Studies, Cinema Studies, and Political Science departments. She is responsible for their library instruction sessions and collection development needs.  Her work in progress is called Beyond Cap & Gown: Lifelong learning for university alumni and the role of the academic library.

Mike Will is a poet from the Metro-Detroit area. He has been featured at several locations throughout the state including the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus, University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, The Good Beans Cafe in association with the University of Michigan-Flint, and Oakland University. His poems range in content and cover a number of issues. He has produced a Booklet titled "Disposition: Poems & Perspectives" and won first place in the 2010 Auburn Hills/Oakland University National Poetry SLAM competition.

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Friday, March 16, 2012, 7 pm
Songwriters Dave Boutette and Joshua Davis, writer Nadia Ibrashi, Springfed writer/instructors Maureen Dunphy, Kelly Fordon and Carolyn Walker.  Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Before stepping out on his own, Dave Boutette spent ten years with the Detroit-based alterna-rock bar kings The Junk Monkeys.  In 1994 he moved to Ann Arbor and soon found himself playing open mics and farm markets for tips.  His performances are often peppered with stories culled from his times on the road and his years growing up in the shadow of Detroit.  Whether banging out a set of saloon songs at a Michigan watering hole, or settling back for an evening of singing around the campfire, for Boutette, it’s the sharing of songs that holds all the magic. Join the circle, sing a tune, or stir the coals.  Stories, advice, observations, or raffles are as apt to appear during a performance.  Blending popular music, folk, blues, swing, and old time country, his songs testify to the power of true love, rebirth, snow plows, and migrating fish.  His CD Piccolo Heart includes at least one, maybe two songs that were written at Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters.

Joshua Davis is a songwriter who lives in Lansing, Michigan. He blends American roots music with a nod to gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul.  Davis performs and teaches at festivals, theatres, concert halls, coffeehouses, schools and parks.  He has appeared on West Virginia's Mountain Stage radio show and played festivals like Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado and Suwannee Springfest in Florida, and many festivals in Michigan.  Davis produces and records award-winning solo  albums with the ensemble Steppin’ In It and classic swing band Shout Sister Shout.  Davis' second solo album, "Magnolia Belles" is a deeply personal collection of songs.  He just received a Jammie, a music award given out in Grand Rapids, MI.   Joshua will be traveled to the West Bank in February with On the Ground for the Run Across Palestine, raising funds for Palestinian fair-trade olive farming communities.  Davis went there as part of a cultural exchange, meeting and performing with musicians, artists and community leaders, visiting schools and farms, and supporting the runners.  He will be writing and recording a new album based on the journey.

Maureen Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College.  She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000).  She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  She conducts writing workshops on Pelee Island.  Springfed Arts Spring Writing Classes offers Prose with Maureen Dunphy- Getting There from Here at Royal Oak Public Library, Thursdays, April 19 thru May 24, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.  Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams.  Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them.  Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre.    

Carolyn Walker has an MFA from Vermont College of  Fine Arts.  Her memoir, Every Least Sparrow, is being circulated for publication by her agent.  She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest.  Springfed Arts Spring Writing Classes offers Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker:  Big Boy on Dixie Highway in Independence Township, Friday mornings, April 13 thru May 18, 10 am - noon.  

Before Kelly Fordon finished her first novel she worked at the NPR member station in Detroit and for National Geographic magazine. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review On-Line, Flashquake, Red Wheelbarrow, The Windsor Review, The Bear River Review, Voices in Wartime and other journals. Her poetry chapbook, On the Street Where We Live, won the Standing Rock Chapbook Competition and will be published in February 2012. In 2011, she received third place in the Katherine Handley Prose Poem Contest and the Tiferet Journal fiction contest and was a finalist in the 38th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. She is currently working towards her MFA in fiction writing at Queens University.  Springfed Arts Spring Writing Classes offers Fiction with Kelly Fordon at the Grosse Pointe Park Library this fall.

Nadia Ibrashi’s work has been a semi-finalist in “Ebony,” in Writer’s Digest79th and 80th competitions and has won honorable mention the Poetry Society of Michigan 2011 contest. Her work appears in an anthology by Aquarius Press, Reverie, Flashshot,Tidal Basin Review, and is forthcoming in Narrative and The MacGuffin. Ibrashi is Southeast Review Fall 2011 Writing Regimen Contest Winner for her poem The Beggars.  Nadia's winning entry was inspired by a confluence of three regimen features, including a literary quotation from Ursula K. Le Guin ("The creative adult is the child who has survived."), a podcast by Yusef Komunyakka, and Meghan Brinson's meditation on stanza breaks.  Nadia Ibrashi is assistant editor at Narrative magazine. She has practiced medicine in Egypt and in the States, and belongs to Springfed Arts, Columbus Creative cooperative, Poetry Society of Michigan, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Motown Writers Network.

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Book Signing with Rock and Roll Legend Mitch Ryder

Friday, February 3, 2012, 7PM

Legendary Rock and Roll icon, Mitch Ryder, will be reading from and and signing his new autobiography Devils & Blue Dresses: My Wild Ride as a Rock and Roll Legend at Lido Gallery on Friday Evening, February 3rd from 7-9 PM.

Join us for a special evening and a rare opportunity to meet and hear Ryder read from the book and speak about his fascinating life with a tribute by host John D. Lamb, and ML Liebler.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Book review, MikeGeorge,

The book is a written chronologically from his early days as a child to his first passage into the Detroit Black clubs hooking up with the underbelly of that world while he fine tunes his soulful vocal skills and artistry abilities to eventually lead one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands ever , "Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels" . His story is very well thought through and written for the reader to understand the crazy world of entertainment and all of the manipulative egos within and the pitfalls of fame and greed.

Mitch explains how he overcame the ride to fame and the love it took from his wife, Megan, to help him become the exceptional artist he is today. The final chapters are riveting as he tries to explain how his immaturity, lacking the ability to love that unfortunately intensified his emotional pain as well as everyone that surrounded him.

There are also plenty of great revealing stories in connection with the many great musicians and celebrity that his journey to stardom took him. It's an honest interpretation of a man's life that happened to be a rock star. He was a man with many flaws and contradictions like many of us that was extremely talented. This talent took him to the incredible world of fame that spit him out, for him just to climb his way back to what he finally realized what he always wanted from the beginning. To be an artist.

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Friday, January 27, 2012,  7 pm

A Host of Hosts
Ann Holdreith: Host of the Musing Series at Scarab Club.
Writer L. Bush: Host of Thistle Crown Affair and Spirit Spit in Detroit.
Laura Bodary: Host of Laurel Tree at AJ's Cafe.
John "Juan Zo" Smolinski: Host of Poetic Travelers at Lawrence Street Gallery.
Joe Kidd: Songwriter host of The Sedition World Orchestra
Mary Minock: We celebrate her new memoir of a Detroit childhood.

Mary Minock's new book is The Way-Back Room: A Memoir of a Detroit Childhood (Bottom Dog Press).  Southwest Detroit is the backdrop to Minock's memoir, but the real story is less about the city and more about Minock's rocky childhood.  Her father died when she was six, which led to Minock caring for her mother and a strained relationship with her extended family.  At Catholic school, Minock was an outcast, a deeply troubled child whose way of dealing with her grief caused her to be misunderstood.  Minock doesn't dramatize her misfortunes, and instead readers see a self-possessed, sharply honest girl who tries her best to confront challenges head on.  Minock is a creative writing professor at Madonna University.  She won the Society for the Study of Midwest Literature Gwendolyn Brooks Award and has been published in Mid-America and the MacGuffin.
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The Way-Back Room: A Memoir Of A Detroit Childhood by Mary Minock was released by Bottom Dog Press in November, 2011.

The poetry of Ann Holdreith merges the mythical with the everyday. A chapter of her work is included in "Beyond the Lines", an anthology of Michigan authors published by Plainview Press. Her publishing credits also include: Wayne State University, Gravity Presses, Dixie Phoenix, Poetry Motel, Free Fall, Snakeskin, Gravity Webzine, Stirring, Aether, Friction Magazine and a 1999 Pushcart Prize Nomination. Ann teaches classes for Springfed Arts at Oakwood Family Center in Dearborn and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Fine Art and Literature from the University of Detroit. She has featured at the Michigan Opera Theatre, The Detroit Festival for the Arts. Ann synthesizes her background as an actress, vocalist, dancer and performance artist and has been hosting the Musing Series at The Scarab Club every third Sunday of the month.

Born in Detroit, Writer L. Bush worked in Cape Town, South Africa as a news reporter and photographer.  He wrote a novel called Kill Switch (2007) detailing "corporate greed, adulterated medicine, the pandemic spread of AIDS, and the sale of data-mined information."  The manuscript nearly got him house arrested by South African officials.  Upon returning to the United States, Bush found himself blacklisted and he worked odd jobs under his brother's name.
Bush returned to Detroit and formed a collective of writers and thinkers dubbed The Drunken Muse which held meetings at local bookstores and cafes.  Since then, he has corralled a variety of poets and songwriters to perform at open mics at Thistle Coffee House in Detroit.

Laura Bodary attended Marian High School and Boston College.  After years of reading poetry at open mics, she finds herself hosting open mics for poets at AJ's Cafe and at the Lawrence Street Gallery, both in Ferndale.

John "Juan Zo" Smolinski is a percussionist, lyricist, digital photo artist and poet. He has read his poetry at many open mics.  He is a host for Poetic Travelers at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale.

Joe Kidd is a guitarist and singer/bandleader of the Sedition World Orchestra.  He sings poetry of peace, struggle and celebration.

Friday, September 23, 2011 7 pm
Dawn McDuffie's Bulky Pick-Up Day release, with poets Carol Carpenter, Mack Carpenter,  Beth Langelier,  Tracy Morris,  Mary Taitt, Mildred Williams.

Dawn McDuffie moved to Detroit in 1963 and has drawn on the city for inspiration ever since. Her second book, Carmina Detroit, was published in 2006 by Adastra Press. She earned an MA in Humanities from Wayne State University in 1973, and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College in 2003. Since 2000 Dawn has taught creative writing at the Scarab Club in downtown Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, and Feminist Studies.
Carol Carpenter's poems and stories have appeared in numerous online and print publications, including: Soundzine, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The Pedestal, Orbis and Quiddity. Her work had been exhibited by art galleries and produced as podcasts (Connecticut Review and Bound Off). Her chapbook, The Empress of Patton Avenue, appears online at Heartsounds Press. She received the Hart Crane Memorial Award, the Jean Siegel Pearson Poetry Award, Artists Among Us Award and others. She lives in Livonia.
Mack Carpenter has been writing and studying poetry for over thirty years and has been published in The Writer and more than dozen small press journals. He is also a student in Dawn McDuffie's classes and one of her biggest fans.
Beth Langelier is a permanent English major with a passion for observing the social world around her with poetic sensibility. She enjoys writing about society and culture, our natural environment, family relations, and love, and the interconnections among these facets of existence. Beth's "day jobs" are technical editing and sometimes teaching, so creative writing is her "right brain" exercise.
Tracey Morris is a lifelong Detroiter from a family that treasures creative expression in all forms. Her family includes an award winning caterer and painter Richard Lewis, winner of the 2011 Kresge Arts in Detroit fellowship, Tracey began writing in high school, studying under WSU Prof. Alvin Aubert. Today, she's a member of Springfed Arts, working on an autobiographical chapbook, and has recently re-launched her blog, "The View of the TEM," featuring autobiographically based essays, poetry, and unique view of life in Detroit.
Mary Stebbins Taitt has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College, had two poems chosen for McSweeney's Poets Picking Poets, recently had a poem in Paterson Review, and is a student of Dawn McDuffie's.
Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 21, 2011, 7 pm
Zilka Joseph's What Dread book release, with songwriter John Latini with poets Lynn Deturk, Nancy Faerber, Devon Adjei, Josephine Rood, Jane Bridges, Michelle Deatrick.

Zilka Joseph was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her chapbook, Lands I Live In, was nominated for a PEN America Beyond Margins Award. She was awarded a Zell Fellowship, a Hopwood Award, and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship at the University of Michigan.
John Latini grew up in Queens, New York, but he’s a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. Winner of the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009. Latini lives in Ypsilanti and is serious crafter of songs. The Ann Arbor Observer called his voice “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.”
A few computer science courses led Nancy Faerber to freelancing as a corporate trainer and systems documentation specialist, while her concentration in English Lit eventually formed the root ball that supports her sapling poetry. Living in western Wayne county, she is married with two kids and humbly accepts Most Favored Human status from the family cat. Nancy would especially like to thank the gracious Zilka Joseph for her insight and encouragement.
Jane Bridges grew up in Texas, New Hampshire, and India. For fifty years she has lived in Ann Arbor, raising two children and teaching. Her poems have been published or have been accepted for publication in Margie, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, and The MacGuffin.
Lynn DeTurk began writing by joining Springfed Arts to study with Joy Gaines-Friedler and Zilka Joeseph. She has published poetry in the Cave Moon Press Broken Circles Hunger Project Anthology, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Orange Room Review,, and has work forthcoming in The Great American Poetry Story Anthology. She placed 3rd in the Writer's Workshop Words of Love Contest.
Michelle Regalado Deatrick’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New American Voices, Copper Nickel, The Comstock Review’s Award Issue, Poet Lore and other publications. Michelle's MFA in fiction is from the University of Michigan, where she received a Colby Fellowship, Hopwood Awards in Fiction and Poetry, the Bain-Swigget Prize, and a Classics Translation Award. She's held writing residencies at Macdowell, Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Michelle lives on the outskirts of Ann Arbor on an 80-acre farm.
Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 18, 2011, 7 pm
Fall Leaves release with songwriter Jan Krist, poets Ama Carey-Barr, Anne Doran, Ginny Grush, Lucija Franetovic, Elaine Winkler.

Detroit born Jan Krist is a well established veteran of the acoustic music scene. Jan's musical gifts have been recognized by Billboard Magazine, Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Dirty Linen, Image Journal, and others. “A writer whose gift as a songwriter equals - if not surpasses her vocal gifts. She has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought.” — Image Journal
Ama Carey Barr was raised on Ireland’s Atlantic west coast speaking both the Irish and English languages, she also speaks French and Spanish and some German, Italian, Dutch and Catalan! She is passionate about all things literary, linguistic and artistic - and all travel. She lived in Belgium, Spain, France, and England for extended periods, teaching and in the travel industry, and for “extended creative spells” in New York, Brussels, Paris, Lyons, Switzerland, London, Galway and Dublin. She has a BA from Ireland, Speech and Drama certification from the London College of Music, and an M.A in English Literature from University of Detroit, where she teaches English and writing.
Anne Doran's first attempts at poetry date from when she received her first computer, which she considered a godsend, due to her habit of revising just about any line she ever wrote. Now retired after thirty-six years as a public school teacher, Anne uses her freedom to attend Springfed Arts’ workshops and edit even more obsessively. She has been thinking about submitting to magazines for about 10 years but doesn’t want to rush it.
Ginny Grush lives in Farmington Hills. She's a Spanish instructor at Schoolcraft College. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She’s married, has two grown children and one grandchild. She writes personal essays, poetry and short stories. She's been published in The MacGuffin, Detroit Free Press, Farmington Observer and Peninsula Poets.
Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

The Final Summer Poetry Lido Monday

Monday, August 8:  Springfed Arts 2011 Literary Contest Award Winners:  
Joe Ponepinto
Alexander Morgan
Zilka Joseph
Sophia Rivkin
Linda Nemec Foster
Mary Minock
Olga Klekner
Caroline Maun
Donna Vinstra
Maria Costantini
John Jeffire

Winner:   "How to Live at a Hotel" by Joe Ponepinto
Second Place: "The Segregationist"  by Alexander Morgan
Third Place:  "Steps" by John Jeffire

Honorable Mentions:  
"Agnes of the 20th Century," by Mary Minock
"The Washing Machine" by Maria Costantini
Judged by Craig Holden

1st place - The Blessed by Zilka Joseph
2nd place- Snow by Sophia Rivkin
3rd place- Teenagers in Nameny, Hungary: 1969 by Olga Klekner

Honorable Mentions:  
A Hand by Caroline Maun
Family Tree by Linda Nemec Fosteroko's
Dream on the Eve of John's 70th Birthday by Donna Vinstra
Heidelberg by Esperanza Cintron

Judged by Dorianne Laux

Monday, July 25, 2011 7PM
Lori Volante
In addition to poetry, Lori Volante enjoys writing song parodies, short stories and humorous essays. She says her best ideas (like friends) arrive without warning in the middle of life. Her poetry has appeared in the literary journals “Rattle,” “Toasted Cheese,” and “The Wayne Literary Review.” She works in Detroit for the non-profit youth serving organization InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

Alise Alousi
Alise Alousi’s poems have appeared in several anthologies including: Poets Against War, I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You, and Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry and is forthcoming in The Malpais Review and We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Her poems have been produced as a broadside and hand made book for the Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project and can be heard on the CD Reading Rumi in an Uncertain World. Alousi is Associate Director of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, and is on the board of RAWI, an organization dedicated to supporting creative and scholarly writing by Arab Americans.

Monday, July 18, 2011 at 7PM
Featuring Desiree Cooper, George Dila & Phillip Sterling and the music of John D. Lamb.
Desiree Cooper, a columnist for the Free Press, feels that stories have the power to be not only entertaining, but transformational and redemptive as well. She's been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize twice for her coverage of Nathaniel Abraham, an 11-year-old boy in Pontiac who wa s tried as an adult for murder in 1999. She's won jou rnalism awards from Radcliffe College, Planned Parenthood, the Michigan Press Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
An aspiring fiction writer, she has also won several national prizes for her fiction and poetry from such publications as "Ebony Magazine" and "Writer's Digest." She is a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national program for emerging African-American poets. A memoir, "Color My World," is included in the anthology "Children of the Dream: Our Stories of Growing Up Black in America" (Atria 2000).

George Dila's fiction and personal essays have appeared in such publications as North American Review, Driftwood, Literal Latte, Current, Christian Science Monitor, Traverse, Detroit Free Press and others. His short story collection, "The End of the World", was published by Pure Heart Press in 2006. His second story collection, "Nothing More to Tell," will be released by Mayapple Press in July, 2011. Born and raised in Detroit, his vocations have included advertising creative director, New York City waiter, casino Blackjack dealer, actor and director, but never, his parents were always proud to point out, bowling alley pin-setter.

Phillip Sterling's most recent poetry collection is "Abeyance", winner of the Frank Cat Press Chapbook Award 2007. Phillip Sterling is the author of "In Which Brief Stories Are Told" (short fiction, Wayne State U Press 2011), and three other collections of poetry: "Quatrains" (Pudding House 2006), "Significant Others" (Main Street Rag 2005), and "Mutual Shores" (New Issues 2000). He is the editor of "Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange" (Mammoth 2003) and founding coordinator of the Literature In Person (LIP) Reading Series at Ferris State University, where he has taught for many years.

Monday, July 11, 2011 7PM

Terry Blackhawk is the founder and director of Detroit 's acclaimed InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a poets-in-schools program. Her poetry collections include Body & Field (Michigan State University Press, 1999), Escape Artist (BkMk Press, 2003), selected by Molly Peacock for the John Ciardi Prize; and The Dropped Hand (Marick Press, 2007). She has published two chapbooks, Trio: Voices from the Myths (Ridgeway Press, 1998) and Greatest Hits 1989-2003 (Pudding House Press). Terry is the recipient of the 2010 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize from Nimrod International.

Ed Haworth Hoeppner teaches at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He's published poetry in a wide variety of magazines and journals, including Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Passages North, Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah, and is the author of three books: Echoes And Moving Fields (criticism) and Rain Through High Windows and Ancestral Radio (poetry) . His new book of poems, Blood Prism, has recently won the 2011 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award and will be published in the fall.

Karin Hoffecker has a Master's Degree in English Literature from Oakland University and has been writing poetry for twelve years. She was a finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize at the North American Review and won a First Place Prize in a Graduate Alumnus Poetry Contest at Oakland University. Her poems have appeared in literary journals including Penumbra, The Comstock Review, The MacGuffin, Mona Poetica, Passager, and Spire.



Monday, July 18, 2011 7PM
Desiree Cooper, George Dila, Phillip Sterling

Monday, July 25, 2011 7PM
Lori Volante, Alise Alousi

Monday, August 1, 2011 7PM
Dorene O'Brien, Rick Bailey, Diane Dickinson

Monday, August 8, 2011
Winners from the 2011 Springfed Arts Writing Contest read their winning entries.

These Springfed events are free and open to public



Already happened:

The Canadians

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7 pm,  The Lido Gallery

Alexander MacLeod & Clark Blaise Reading

Bridging the divide between Canada and the United States

Award-winning young Canadian writer Alexander MacLeod will read with seasoned US writer and “born storyteller” (New York Times) Clark Blaise. While MacLeod’s characters channel the divide between Canada and the United States, Blaise’s suite of linked stories grapple with the realities of globalization, and the changing nature of race relations in a post-9/11 world.

Light Lifting
Stories by Alexander MacLeod

“To read each story in this gorgeous collection is to live a series of rich and dangerous lives along the Canadian-Michigan border. . . . MacLeod is a literary rock star, and his prose is wise and rowdy music. I will recommend this book to everyone.”
—BONNIE JO CAMPBELL, author of American Salvage and Once Upon a River

“These stories offer a real pleasure . . . they contain a rare kind of truthfulness.”
—COLM TÓIBÍN, author of The Empty Family

The Meagre Tarmac
Stories by Clark Blaise

“Top work from a master storyteller and border-crosser.”
—MARGARET ATWOOD, author of In the Wake of the Flood.

“Clark Blaise’s brilliantly imagined The Meagre Tarmac is a novel in short-story form, warmly intimate, startling in its quick jumps and revelations, a portrait of individuals for whom we come to care deeply—and a portrait of an Indo-American way of life that shimmers before our eyes with the rich and compelling detail for which Clark Blaise’s fiction is renowned. . . . a remarkable accomplishment.”
—JOYCE CAROL OATES, author of Sourland and A Widow’s Story

Springfed Spotlight Uptown

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7 pm, The Lido Gallery

Hosted by Vievee Francis and featuring Springfed Arts writing instructors:

Diane DeCillis, Dawn McDuffie, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Mary Jo Firth Gillett, Gwendolyn Jerris, Zilka Joseph, Margo LaGattuta, Nancy Owen Nelson, Matthew Olzmann.



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