Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Webster Reading Series: Justin Balog and Rachel Ann Girty 7:00 pm
Webster Reading Series: Justin Balog and Rachel Ann Girty @ UMMA
Feb 1 @ 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 …

Webster Reading Series: Justin Balog and Rachel Ann Girty Read More »

2
3
Ann Arbor Poetry: Thea Rowe and Aldo Girard 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Thea Rowe and Aldo Girard @ Espresso Royale
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Performances by these two 2018 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finalists. 7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry  
4
5
I Am Making History 7:00 pm
I Am Making History @ AADL Downtown Multipurpose Room
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Neutral Zone teens present a program of storytelling and spoken word performances on the theme of making history on their own terms. 7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.
The Moth Storyslam: Delusions 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Delusions @ Greyline
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 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 “Delusions” (Feb. 5) …

The Moth Storyslam: Delusions Read More »

6
Writing Workshop: Telling Your Story: The Power of Words 6:30 pm
Writing Workshop: Telling Your Story: The Power of Words @ Ypsilanti District Library (Whittaker)
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
What is your story? Why is it important? What can we learn about ourselves and others when we put pen to paper to tell our stories? In this two-part writing workshop, staff from EMU’s Office …

Writing Workshop: Telling Your Story: The Power of Words Read More »

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing. 8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 …

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry Read More »

7
8
Edwards Reading Series: Annesha Sengupta, Kassy Lee, Carl Levigne, and Jennifer Huang 7:00 pm
Edwards Reading Series: Annesha Sengupta, Kassy Lee, Carl Levigne, and Jennifer Huang @ Literati
Feb 8 @ 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. This istallment features Annesha Sengupta, …

Edwards Reading Series: Annesha Sengupta, Kassy Lee, Carl Levigne, and Jennifer Huang Read More »

9
10
11
Reading: Café Shapiro 7:00 pm
Reading: Café Shapiro @ Shapiro Undergraduate Library Lobby
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, & 21. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories. Today includes RC writing student Jenna Vallina. Light refreshments. 7-8:30 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library Lobby, …

Reading: Café Shapiro Read More »

12
Reading: Café Shapiro 7:00 pm
Reading: Café Shapiro @ Shapiro Undergraduate Library Lobby
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, & 21. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories. Today includes RC writing student Kelly Christensen. Light refreshments. 7-8:30 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library Lobby, …

Reading: Café Shapiro Read More »

13
Telling Your Story: The Power of Words 6:30 pm
Telling Your Story: The Power of Words @ Ypsilanti District Library - Whitaker Branch
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What is your story? Why is it important? What can we learn about ourselves and others when we put pen to paper to tell our stories? In this two-part writing workshop, staff from EMU’s Office …

Telling Your Story: The Power of Words Read More »

Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike @ Crazy Wisdom
Feb 13 @ 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 …

Poetry and the Written Word: Open Mike Read More »

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing. 8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 …

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry Read More »

14
Jas Obrecht: Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London, September 1966-June 1967 7:00 pm
Jas Obrecht: Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London, September 1966-June 1967 @ Literati
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us as we welcome author and award-winning music journalist Jas Obrecht as he shares his new book Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London September 1966 – June 1967. About Stone Free: A compelling portrait of rock’s …

Jas Obrecht: Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London, September 1966-June 1967 Read More »

Open Mike and Share: Bryan Theo 7:00 pm
Open Mike and Share: Bryan Theo @ Bookbound
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Poets invited to read their own work, or a favorite poem by another writer, on the theme of love. Acclaimed Lao American writer (and Steiner High School grad) Bryan Thao Worra reads his speculative poetry exploring memory …

Open Mike and Share: Bryan Theo Read More »

15
16
17
Ann Arbor Poetry: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor Poetry: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang @ Espresso Royale
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading by this local writer (and Observer contributor), who has published prose poetry, personal essays, and news articles. 7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.  
18
Carolyn Dunn: Anishaabe Theatre Exchange Residency 4:30 pm
Carolyn Dunn: Anishaabe Theatre Exchange Residency @ 2435 North Quad
Feb 18 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Scholar, poet and playwright Dr. Carolyn Dunn will lecture on the aesthetics of Native and Indigenous Theater. Dunn was born in Southern California and is of Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Cajun, French Creole, and Tunica-Biloxi …

Carolyn Dunn: Anishaabe Theatre Exchange Residency Read More »

RC Lecture: Mark Jonathan Harris: Displaced Children in an Uncertain World 6:30 pm
RC Lecture: Mark Jonathan Harris: Displaced Children in an Uncertain World @ Rm 1423, East Quad
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This lecture is on Foster Care and Orphans of War with Mark Jonathan Harris, producer, known for Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000), The Long Way Home (1997) and Breaking Point: …

RC Lecture: Mark Jonathan Harris: Displaced Children in an Uncertain World Read More »

19
Jim Glenn: A History of the English Language: Influences on American English 7:00 pm
Jim Glenn: A History of the English Language: Influences on American English @ AADL Westgate
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Local storyteller and language maven Jim Glenn continues his series on English by taking a lively look at cultural influences on the American dialect. Learn the origins of words and phrases that have entered common speech …

Jim Glenn: A History of the English Language: Influences on American English Read More »

Jim Glenn: A History of the English Language: The Story of American English (Part 3) 7:00 pm
Jim Glenn: A History of the English Language: The Story of American English (Part 3) @ AADL Westgate
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Local storyteller Jim Glenn performs the 3rd part of his storytelling program on the history of English, focusing on the influence of immigrants and various historical events on American English. For grade 8-adult. 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. …

Jim Glenn: A History of the English Language: The Story of American English (Part 3) Read More »

Juan Cole: Muhammad: Prophet of Peace and the Clash of Empires 7:00 pm
Juan Cole: Muhammad: Prophet of Peace and the Clash of Empires @ Nicola's Books
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening featuring Juan Cole. Juan is an Ann Arbor local and professor of history at the University of Michigan. A revered public intellectual, he is the author and creator of the …

Juan Cole: Muhammad: Prophet of Peace and the Clash of Empires Read More »

The Moth Storyslam: Flight 7:30 pm
The Moth Storyslam: Flight @ Greyline
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 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 “Delusions” (Feb. 5) …

The Moth Storyslam: Flight Read More »

20
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing. 8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 …

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry Read More »

21
Author’s Forum: Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (a conversation with Benedicte Boisseron and Aliyah Khan) 5:30 pm
Author’s Forum: Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (a conversation with Benedicte Boisseron and Aliyah Khan) @ Hatcher Library, Room 100
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Bénédicte Boisseron (Afro-American and African studies) and Aliyah Khan(English, Afro-American and African studies) discuss Boisseron’s new book Afro-Dog, which investigates the relationship between race and the animal in the history and culture of the Americas and the black …

Author’s Forum: Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (a conversation with Benedicte Boisseron and Aliyah Khan) Read More »

Randall Jelks: Faith and Struggle in the Livs of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali 7:00 pm
Randall Jelks: Faith and Struggle in the Livs of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali @ Nicola's Books
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an in conversation event featuring award winning author Dr. Randal Jelks, where he will discuss his most recent work, Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou …

Randall Jelks: Faith and Struggle in the Livs of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali Read More »

Reading: Café Shapiro 7:00 pm
Reading: Café Shapiro @ Shapiro Undergraduate Library Lobby
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, & 21. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories. Today includes RC writing student Jazzaray James. Light refreshments. 7-8:30 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library Lobby, …

Reading: Café Shapiro Read More »

22
23
Arjun Alva: Adventures of Jimmy Hailbuster 3:00 pm
Arjun Alva: Adventures of Jimmy Hailbuster @ Nicola's Books
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for a talk and signing with Arjun Alva. Arjun is a 6th Grader at Forsythe Middle School here in Ann Arbor. Arjun has always loved writing. It took him around 6 months to …

Arjun Alva: Adventures of Jimmy Hailbuster Read More »

Caryl Churchill Festival: Leigh Woods: Caryl Churchill at 80 5:00 pm
Caryl Churchill Festival: Leigh Woods: Caryl Churchill at 80 @ Mendellsohn Theatre
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
U-M theater studies professor Leigh Woods gives a lecture on “Caryl Churchill at 80” (5 p.m.) at Mendelssohn Theatre.  
32nd Annual Storytelling Festival 7:30 pm
32nd Annual Storytelling Festival @ The Ark
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Feb. 23 & 24 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country. Headliner is Hand Christian Andersen Storytelling Center (NYC) director Laura Simms, an internationally celebrated veteran storyteller whose …

32nd Annual Storytelling Festival Read More »

24
32nd Annual Storytelling Festival 1:30 pm
32nd Annual Storytelling Festival @ The Ark
Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Feb. 23 & 24 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country. Headliner is Hand Christian Andersen Storytelling Center (NYC) director Laura Simms, an internationally celebrated veteran storyteller whose …

32nd Annual Storytelling Festival Read More »

25
Lecture: Gillian Eaton: Displaced Children in an Uncertain World 6:30 pm
Lecture: Gillian Eaton: Displaced Children in an Uncertain World @ Room 1423 East Quad
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This lecture is on Victim/Persecutor with Gillian Eaton, award-winning actress, director, and Prof. U-M School of Theatre, Music and Dance. Room 1423, East Quadrangle, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/59958-14803944.html
26
Skazat! Poetry Series: Mike Zhai 7:00 pm
Skazat! Poetry Series: Mike Zhai @ Sweetwaters
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reading by Mike Zhai, founder of One Pause Poetry Salon. The program begins with open mike readings. 7-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663.
27
An Evening with Irene Butter 7:00 pm
An Evening with Irene Butter @ Ypsilanti District Library - Whitaker Branch
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
YDL is honored to welcome Holocaust survivor, professor, and author Irene Butter. Her memoir, Shores Beyond Shores, details her journey during the Holocaust and explores how the heart keeps its humanity during inhumane times. Dr. …

An Evening with Irene Butter Read More »

Poetry and the Written Word: Tom Brzezina and Lynn Gilbert 7:00 pm
Poetry and the Written Word: Tom Brzezina and Lynn Gilbert @ Crazy Wisdom
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Featured Readers: Tom Brzezina has had work in Chiron, Rusty Truck, Red Fez, Third Wednesday, Peninsula Poets, and The 5-2. His poems draw heavily upon drug experiences of his youth, the underbelly of society, and …

Poetry and the Written Word: Tom Brzezina and Lynn Gilbert Read More »

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry 8:00 pm
Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing. 8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 …

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry Read More »

28