Calendar

Jan
3
Thu
Laura Pershin Raynor and Lori Fithian: Drumming Up Stories @ AADL Downtown
Jan 3 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

AADL storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor and local drum teacher Lori Fithian lead a storytelling program with movement and music for kids in grades preK-3.
4-4:45 p.m., AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.

Jan
7
Mon
Emerging Writers: The 19 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes @ AADL Westgate
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Talk by local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal. 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 Jan. 28. 7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200

 

Jan
8
Tue
The Moth Storyslam: Backwards @ Greyline
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jan. 8 & 15. Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random to tell a 3-5 minute story–this month’s themes are “Backwards”(Jan. 8) & “Drive” (Jan. 15)–judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited, so arrive early.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. General admission tickets $10 in advance only at themoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118.

 

Jan
9
Wed
Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike @ Crazy Wisdom
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poetry workshop. All writers welcome to share
and discuss their poetry or short fiction.
BRING ABOUT SIX COPIES OF YOUR WORK.
COPIES WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.
Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson
see our blog at Facebook/Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series
Crazy WisdomnBookstore and Tea Room, 115 S. Main St. Free. Free. 7346652757.info@crazywisdom.net www.crazywisdom.net 

 

Jan
11
Fri
Edwards Reading Series @ Literati
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is proud to partner with the Helen Zell Writers’ Program to host the J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series, a reading series organized by first year poetry and fiction students. 

Jan
15
Tue
The Moth Storyslam: Drive @ Greyline
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jan. 8 & 15. Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random to tell a 3-5 minute story–this month’s themes are “Backwards”(Jan. 8) & “Drive” (Jan. 15)–judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited, so arrive early.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. General admission tickets $10 in advance only at themoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118.

 

Jan
17
Thu
Zilka Joseph: Sharp Blue Search of Flame @ Zion Lutheran Church
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

All area women invited to a reading by this Michigan poet, whose 2016 collection, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, includes dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her experiences in Eastern and Western cultures. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids age 5 & under. IN has no political or religious affiliation.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723

Wieseneck Symposium: Hebrew Literature Today: Israeli and Global Perspectives @ Rackham Amphitheater
Jan 17 @ 1:30 pm – 7:45 pm

1:30-3:30 pm – Roundtable in Hebrew: Readings of texts and discussion with UM faculty and graduate students: Maya Barzilai, Yael Kenan, Nadav Linial, Marina Mayorski, Shachar Pinsker

4:00-5:30 pm – Panel in English: Discussion with the authors about shared themes and questions from U-M faculty and graduate students
Moderator: Maya Barizlai

5:30-6:30 pm – Reception with Authors

6:30-7:45 pm – Conversation with Authors: Maya Arad, Dory Manor, Ruby Namdar, and Moshe Sakal (in English. Books will be available for sale)
Moderator: Shachar Pinsker

The symposium brings four writers, who stand at the forefront of contemporary Hebrew literature in Israel and the US, in conversation with University of Michigan scholars and students. It features the highly acclaimed writers Maya Arad, Ruby Namdar, and Moshe Sakal, and the prize-winning poet, translator, and editor Dory Manor. Writers and scholars will discuss the meaning of writing Hebrew today in Israel and around the world, and the contacts between Hebrew and other languages. They will consider the challenges of translation, editing, and disseminating literature in a global context, as well as the political implications of Hebrew literature today.

The front entrance of Rackham, located on East Washington, is accessible by stairs and ramp. There are elevators on both the east and wends ends of the lobby. The assembly hall is on the fourth floor.
If you have a disability that requires an accommodation, contact the Judaic Studies office at judaicstudies@umich.edu or 734-763-9047.

Jan
18
Fri
Webster Reading Series: Erika Nestor and Pemi Aguda @ UMMA
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends – a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening.

Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poetry by Erika Nestor and prose by ‘Pemi Aguda.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330

 

 

Jan
22
Tue
Skazat! Poetry Series: Jill Darling @ Sweetwaters
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reading by local poet Jill Darling.

She is the author of the poetry collections (re)iteration(s), a geography of syntax, Solve For, begin with may: a series of moments, and two collaborative chapbooks with Laura Wetherington and Hannah Ensor: at the intersection of 3, and The First Steps are the Deepest. Her critical poetics essays can be found on Entropy, How2, Something on Paper, The Quint, and Ethos Review. She’s also had poems, essays, and short fiction published in journals including Denver Quarterly, /NOR, Aufgabe, 580 Split, Quarter After Eight, factorial, Rampike, and others. Darling teaches at UM in Dearborn and Ann Arbor, and lives in Ypsilanti. ).

Preceded by an open mike.
7-8:30 p.m. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663.