Write-to-Publish Conference
Date: June 9-12, 2010
Location: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Description: During the conference, attendees will be able to meet with editors from Christian publishing houses who will tell them what they’re looking for and meet with them one-on-one to discuss their ideas and manuscripts. Well-established freelance writers, editors and agents will teach attendees how to write a variety of manuscripts; improve their writing skills; find appropriate markets for their ideas; and deal with the spiritual side of writing. Among the speakers that will participate in the event are the following:
Zena Dell Lowe, an actress, screenwriter, director and film producer whose writing credits include the award-winning short film, The Haunted Heart and the forthcoming full-length feature, The Family Idiot. She is also an adjunct professor at Covenant College in Georgia and co-owner of Skirt Films, an independent film production company.
Steven James, an award-winning writer, storyteller, speaker and international seminar and conference teacher. He is author of more than 25 books, including a storytelling library of resources for educators and the bestselling Patrick Bowers thriller series.
Please visit the conference’s website— www.writetopublish.com—for more details.

2010 Above the Bridge
Songwriters Weekend

The 2010 Above the Bridge Songwriters Weekend will be held June 24th-27th at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn in Curtis. Join in workshops, song critiques, one-to-one sessions, lots of open mic/jam time and a Saturday evening staff concert. Staff includes Jim Bizer, Billy Brandt, Annie Capps, Rod Capps, Whit Hill, Jan Krist and John Latini. For more information or to register visit ericksoncenter.org (906) 586-9974 or
Annie Capps, 734-433-0154 annie@maynardmusic.com

John Latini at the
SA Backyard Benefit
Photo by Richard Blondy

Musing Poetry and Music Gathering
Sunday, June 13, 2:30-4:30, Scarab Club
A.T. Smith: Traditional roots music combining Appalachian, Southern blues, bluegrass and flat-picking influences. A. T. offers a soulful tenor voice along with intricate, masterful guitar work.

Olga Klekner, Budapest in May

Olga Klekner: Poems that mystify the familiar and familiarize the mystical. First prize, LAND Poetry Contest. Open Mic is at the beginning of the program. The third Sunday of the month.

Musing, Sunday, July 18, 2:30 - 4:30, Scarab Club
Joe and Carol Lucido: Enchanting Indian ragas played on sitar, sarod, melodica, tambura, tablas and flute. Deeply peaceful, trance-like, uplifting.
Terry Blackhawk: Reverent, playful, transporting, Terry’s well crafted work carries the reader into hidden dimensions. Detroit Bookwoman of the Year Award.
Hosted by Ann Holdreith and Springfed Arts, Musing Poetry and Music Gathering happens one Sunday a month at The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit.

Poets Follies Reading Series
Thursday, June 17, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Michael Zadoorian is the author of two novels, “The Leisure Seeker”  (Morrow, 2009) and “Second Hand” (Norton, 2000). The latter was an ABA Booksense selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, and winner of the prestigious Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award.  His story collection, “The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit” (Wayne State University Press, 2009) is a 2010 Michigan Notable Book.  It features stories originally published in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, North American Review and Detroit Noir.  He lives with his wife in Ferndale, Michigan.

Scott Graham Meier is a prolific, poignant free-lance filmmaker. He has contributed to several international short and full-length films, including the recent chronicle of the legendary Chilean pop group Illapu and film projects in the US. Scott has recently finished work on the DeNiro film Stone filmed on location in Michigan and is working on a the cutting edge film project Sound Portrait of a Poem that will capture in collage the spirit of the Marick poets. Scott is a graduate of Charleston University and resides in a ‘hard-shell’ suitcase.

Dr. John Telford: “A Life on the Run” is Dr. Telford’s autobiography of his life in education in Detroit and metro-area schools. A retired school teacher and administrator, Dr. Telford was raised in the near-west side of Detroit, where he became an amateur boxer and a world-ranked sprinter. Along the way, he met a Pope, headed up suburban school districts, directed programs to reform gangs and rehabilitate parolees, wrote newspaper columns and hosted radio shows. A former director of the innovative and controversial Division of Basic Education at Macomb Community College, Dr. Telford has taught at Wayne State and Oakland universities. A published poet, in 2001 Wayne State University named Dr. Telford its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, for his civil-rights activism.

July 17 Follies features Chico Hernandez.
The Poets Follies Reading series is a free admission event held at Ewald Branch Library, 15175 East Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, 48230, 313-343-2071. For information write to sschneider@marickpress.com, or call 313-886-2051. Free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Colin Hubbell Bike Ride
 Come out on Saturday, June 19 for the 2nd Annual Colin Hubbell Bike Ride in Midtown.  The event will start and end at Midtown’s Traffic Jam & Snug restaurant at 511 W. Canfield.  The 12.5 mile ride takes you through Midtown, Woodbridge, Corktown and Downtown. Pre-registration fee is $20, day of registration fee is $25.  Registration available at www.detroitmidtown.com or day of event. Presented by the University Cultural Center Association. For more information about the event contact Trish Hubbell at 313-729-6109 or the UCCA at 313-577-5088.


Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters 2010



Ongoing Calendar

2nd Sunday, 1:30-3:30 pm
Your Poetry Group meets in the Friends Room at the Dunning-Hough Library, 223 S.Main St., Plymouth. Entrance and parking at the rear of the building behind Penn Theater. Poetry and short short stories. Info: Sarolina Chang, sarolinachang@gmail.com

2nd Sunday, 5-8 pm
Spirit Spit Second Sundays at 1519 Martin Luther King Blvd, SW corner of Trumbull and MLK Blvd. Re-defining hip; hope inspired poetry, spoken word, rap, folk. Open mic. All ages all welcome. $3 donation not required. 5 pm – 8 pm. Info: 313-598-3720.

3rd Sunday, 1:45-4 pm
Notch Poets and Master Storytellers meets at Cactus Pete’s, 9735 Conant Ave., Hamtramck, between Caniff and Holbrook.

3rd Sunday, 2 pm
The Broadside Press Poet’s Theater meets at Detroit-Mercy’s McNichol’s Campus (McNichols & Livernois) in Student Center Building’s Grind Coffee House. Featured poets and open mic
Info: 313 371-0948 or 313 896-8921, www.broadsidepress.org, carutherfo@hotmail.com, or auroradet2@yahoo.com

3rd Sunday, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Musing Poetry and Music Cafe, at Scarab Club,217 Farnsworth, Detroit; across from the DIA. Collaborative expression and open mic. Hosted by Ann Holdreith. Info: 248-583-7765

2nd Monday
Poetry Workshop 7:30-10 p.m. Barnes & Noble, Saginaw on Tittabawassee across from Meijer’s.  Bring 10 copies of poems to workshop. No fee; all welcome.  Information: 989-892-1429.

2nd Monday, 5-8 pm
Poetry on the River at Rumors on the River (restaurant/bar, comics welcomed), 8900 East Jefferson, Detroit, 48214, contact Sarella Johnson, 313-615-0545, poetryontheriver@yahoo.com

Every Monday, 8 pm
BYTETHIS Poetry Series at Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave
Detroit. Poetry, comedy, monologues, and music/singing. $5 admission. Info: Lashaun phoenix Moore at powerfulblackwoman19@gmail.com

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Poets & Playwrights group meets at Wyandotte City Hall, 3131 Biddle, 2nd floor, Wyandotte. Info: mono60@comcast.net or 313-492-3080.

1st Tuesday, 7 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry Slam meets at Heidelberg Restaurant, 215 Main Street. $5 cover public; $4 slammers. Info: 810-231-5435.

3rd Tuesday, 7-9 pm
Poets & Writers Night at Borders, 4135 Miller Road off I-75. Featured and community writers. Info: Nancy Tucker. tucker@attglobal.net

1st Wednesday, 7 pm
“The Write Characters” fiction, non-fiction writers and poets. Bloomfield/Royal Oak area. Info: Karen Hildebrandt, 248-417-2915, kshil@sbcglobal.net.

3rd Wednesday,
a literary arts magazine, seeks good poetry, short fiction (1500 words, max), and b/w artwork or photography.  Google the magazine at thirdwednesday.org or submit via the Internet at submissions@thirdwednesday.org.

4th Wednesday, 7-9 pm
The Rampant ‘Riters meet at Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor conference room, 32777 Five Mile,W of Farmington Rd., Livonia (Apr ‘07 will be on 3rd Wed.) Free, all welcome. Info: rampant_riters@yahoo.com or Marian 248-890-7838

1st Thursday, 6-8 pm
Pages, Poetry and Scribes meets at Southfield Public Library. Open mic series.Host Ber-Henda with DJ Andre Royster, 248-910-5402 or berhenda_williams@yahoo.com

2nd Thursday, 7-10 pm
(except July)
Rochester Writers’ Group meets at Barnes & Noble, Rochester Rd.N of Auburn. Fiction, non-fiction & poetry.

3rd Thursday, 6:30 pm
Poets Follies Reading Series, Ewald Branch Library, 15175 East Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park. Featured readers, open mic. Hosted by Marick Press.
To book readings call 313-886-2051 or sschneider@marickpress.com

3rd Thursday, 7-9 pm
Troy Writers Workshop meets for prose manuscript critiquing and publishing support. For info on the group and its application process: smmacd@gmail.com.

3rd Thursday, 7:30-9:30 pm
The Gathering of Writers meets at Plymouth Coffee Bean, Info: Annie Horvath poetanne40@aol.com

4th Thursday, 7:30 pm
Live Poets Society meets at Rose Room/Vanier Hall,Wyandotte at the Huron Church,Windsor, Sept-June. Info: Irvine Barat 519-969-5174

Friday, 12-2 pm
Ridgewriters meets at Welcoming Center in Heritage Park, Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile Rd.Workshop group, all genres, bring 10 copies. Info: 313-255-5048 www.Ridgewriters.com

3rd Friday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetic Travelers meet at Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Avenue, Suite A, Ferndale, MI 48220. Featured performers and open mic hosted by Tonja Dudley Bagwell
tonja@jafansta.com. Free and open to all.

2nd Saturday, 11 am/1 pm
The new Detroit Writer’s Guild meets at the United Methodist Church, 18600 Conant Avenue, Detroit. Board of Directors meet at 11 am, general membership at 1 pm. Annual dues begin at $50. Info: Herb Metoyer 248)-425-0987 or www.DetroitWritersGuild.com

4th Saturday, 10 am – noon
Novi Writers meet at the Novi Public Library, 45275 W. Ten Mile (almost one mile west of Novi Rd.).Aspiring as well as working writers welcome. A smaller monthly MS critique session on Thursday evenings is currently open. Info: Kathy Mutch, 248-224- 4211 or see novilibrary.org calendar of events.

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