Calendar

Jul
2
Sun
Ann Arbor Poetry: TBA @ Espresso Royale
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Readings by featured poets, preceded by a poetry open mike.

Reading by TBA

7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.

Jul
10
Mon
Ann Arbor Stories: Richard Retyi and Brian Peters @ Literati
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Richard Retyi and Brian Peters are Ann Arbor Stories, a podcast featuring stories of Ann Arbor’s distant and not so distant past, produced in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library. Join them at Literati Bookstore for two all new live stories from Ann Arbor’s past, including photos, spoken word and music, as well as a Q&A session with the creators.

Learn more about the podcast and share your own memories of Ann Arbor as well. Check out Ann Arbor stories at aadl.com/annarborstories or visit them on Twitter and Instagram at @annarborstories.

 

Emerging Writers: How to Publish and Market Your Indie Book @ AADL Westgate
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

On July 10, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal are joined by marketing specialist Leslie McGraw to discuss the ins and outs of self-publishing. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on July 24.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555.

Jul
12
Wed
Poetry and the Written Word @ Crazy Wisdom
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757

 

Jul
13
Thu
Storytellers Guild: Story Night @ Crazy Wisdom
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Storytellers Guild members present a program of old tales and personal stories for grownups.
Free; donations accepted. annarborstorytelling.org, facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. 665-2757.

Jul
16
Sun
Ann Arbor Poetry: TBA @ Espresso Royale
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Readings by featured poets, preceded by a poetry open mike.

Reading by TBA

7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.

Jul
18
Tue
Moth Storyslam: Denial @ Ann Arbor Distilling Company
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it’s smart to arrive early.

7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), $10. 764-5118.

 

 

Jul
24
Mon
Emerging Writers: Open House @ AADL Westgate
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects.

Jul
26
Wed
Home Plate: Fictionalizing Familiar Places, with Kelly Fordon and Laura Thomas @ Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The authors will discuss how their fiction transforms home into character. How do writers use assumptions about familiar places to find the unexpected and surprising?  When is a hometown the whole trouble, and also the last, best hope for change? The authors will also talk about how the unique landscape of the upper Midwest inspires their fiction.

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle and various other journals. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks. The first one, On the Street Where We Live, won the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Award and the latest one, The Witness, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for the Chapbook and was shortlisted for the Grand Prize. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a 2016 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in the short story category. She works for The College for Creative Studies, Springfed Arts and The InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit.

Laura Hulthen Thomas is the author of the short fiction collection, States of Motion, published by Wayne State University Press. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, Epiphany and Witness. She received her MFA in fiction writing from Warren Wilson College. She currently heads the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.

Poetry and the Written Word: Richard Solomon @ Crazy Wisdom
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reading by Richard Solomon, a prominent local developmental pediatrician who is also a widely published, prize-winning poet. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757