Miami Book Fair International!

Book View Now Presents the Miami Book Fair International 2014

November 21-23, 2014

The three-day coverage—from Friday through Sunday will include a daily live stream presentation of selected interviews, panels, and on-the-street fair segments. See more at:

Have a short story, essay, or poem about winter? Submit to Pilcrow & Dagger Literary Journal!

The Pilcrow & Dagger Literary Journal features original and creative short stories, essays, and poetry from writers from all walks-of-life. They will publish 8 issues per year with their premier issue coming out online and available on their website on January 15, 2015. The second issue will be released on March 1st. Submissions open for BOTH of these issues on September 1st.

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Author’s Forum Presents: Novelist Elias Khoury in conversation, in Arabic, with Anton Shammas

A discussion, in Arabic, of Elias Khoury’s fiction and writing, as well as his attitude toward classical and Arabic poetry. The Lebanese writer Elias Khoury was born in Beirut in 1948 and studied sociology and history at Lebanese University in Beirut and the University of Paris. He began his career as a literary critic with his book, Searching for a Horizon: The Arabic Novel After the Defeat of 1967 (1974). Professor Khoury then published his first novel, On the Relations of the Circle, (1975), and became part of the Beirut vanguard in modern Arabic literature, which was seeking to create new dimensions in the movement of modernism which began in the late forties with a revolution in poetry. He served on the editorial board of Mawakif Quarterly, and as the managing editor of Shu’un Falastinia (Palestine Affairs) and of Al Karmel Quarterly. See full description here.

Author’s Forum Presents: Coming Out Swiss: In Search of Heidi, Chocolate and my Other Self: A Conversation with Anne Herrmann and Helmut Puff

Anne Herrmann is professor of English and women’s studies. She received her degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis in English and German literature and French feminist theory. Her primary interests lie in 20th-century literary and cultural productions. A particular focus has been questions of subjectivity as related to the performance of identities and issues of literary genre and language. She is currently working on a book on Switzerland, a work of creative non-fiction that engages with questions of citizenship, cultural production and belonging, and the politics of language within a changing Europe.


Helmut Puff’s teaching and research focus on German literature, history, and culture in the late medieval and early modern period. He specializes in gender studies, the history of sexuality, media history, the history of reading, and the literature of the Reformation and the Renaissance. Recently, Helmut Puff has moved on to research modes of seeing and visual culture in early modern Europe with a focus on German Renaissance art, especially Albrecht Dürer. His interest in the intersections between textuality, visuality, and spatiality, has led him to research the changing representations of ruins as well as the history of three-dimensional city models from the sixteenth century to the present.

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Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam!

On Saturday 3/1, our very own Jeff Kass helped plan and coordinate this year’s Louder Than a Bomb-Youth Poetry Slam. This all day event is the Ann Arbor version of an annual youth poetry slam that originated in Chicago. The goal of the slam is to get diverse youth from all around Southeast Michigan to not only share their stories, but listen to the voices of those from other parts of the area they would otherwise never hear. Most participants are in high school, with some in middle school or college. The name of the slam comes from the Public Enemy song of the same name.

Midwestern Gothic: Voices of the Middle West, feat. Curtis Sittenfeld

Created by Midwestern Gothic in partnership with the the University of Michigan’s Residential CollegeVoices of the Middle West is a festival celebrating writers from all walks of life as well as independent presses and journals that consider the Midwestern United States their home.

The goal of the festival is to bring together students and faculty of the university, as well as writers and presses from all over the Midwest, in order to provide a perspective of this region and to showcase the magnificent work being produced here, the stories that need to be told…the voices that need to be heard. Truly, this is a celebration of the Midwest voice, and it is our aim to create an ideal environment for any and all to come and take an active part, to discover and discuss how rich our literary tradition is.

Please visit the event website to read more details, find the schedule, and more: 

Dawn Richberg & Vanessa Marr perform in the Equality Cabaret at The Ark 2/23

Equality Cabaret Making Marriage Equality a Reality

Jan. 9, 2013—Artists from Southeast MI are fighting to make marriage equality a reality in Michigan. In partnership with the Jim Toy Community Center, the artists have given their time and talent to raise critically needed funds for the DeBoer-Rowse Family to legally co-adopt their three children. A benefit for the Michigan Marriage Challenge, presented by the Jim Toy Community Center will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1pm at The ARK, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-761-1800

Press release at:

Chris L. Terry and Jeff Kass Reading at Literati Bookstore

Literati, in conjunction with Curbside Splendor, is thrilled to host authors Chris L. Terry and Jeff Kass for a reading and signing. 7pm. Free.

Chris L. Terry lives in Chicago where he teaches writing and theatre to juvenile inmates. Growing up in Richmond, VA, he spent his teens and early twenties touring the world in a punk band. He has a Fiction Writing MFA from Columbia College Chicago. “Zero Fade” is his first novel. Excerpts have appeared in “Chicago Reader,” “Curbside Splendor,” “Hair Trigger,” and “Trilling Magazine.” His website is

Jeff Kass is a teacher of English and Creative Writing at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor MI and also works as the Poet-in-Residence for Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Jeff directs the Creative Writing Program at Ann Arbor’s Teen Center, The Neutral Zone, where he founded and continues to direct The VOLUME Youth Poetry Project; The VOLUME Summer Institute; The Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam; Poetry Night in Ann Arbor; NO COMMENT magazine and NO COMMENT Press; the performance poetry troupe Ann Arbor Wordworks; and The Second Tuesdays Visiting Writers Series. He was the Ann Arbor Grand Slam Poetry Champion in 1999 and 2000 and the runner-up in 2001 as well as the Champion at the inaugural Ann Arbor Book Festival Poetry Slam in 2004.

Location: 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

U-M Institute for the Humanities Winter ’14 Events!

The U-M Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. Click here to see their Winter 2014 events!

Community Reads!

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Click to learn more!