I have yet to find a lot of poets from Detroit, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL … even Toledo, who can keep me focused on the poetry events in their areas. I tend to drift easily. At first I was going to simply title this entry “In Memory: The Sucker MCs,” what with the death of Jam Master Jay three years ago (10.30.2002) it’s hard to believe it was 1983 when Run-D.M.C’s self-titled record hit the world. Regardless of what you think of hip-hop’s and rap’s contribution to the world of poetry I am for anything that helps the ecstasy of words spread we had no memorial services in Lansing for one third of the crew who penned: “… all you sucker MCs, you gotta say please/ Cause when he jumps high, I’m pulling down weeds” … for the world. With that said, here is Zachary’s November Calendar of Third Coast Poetry Events ~~
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 [running through NOV. 20] Chicago, IL Caffeine Theatre’s presentation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Doña Rosita: la soltera o el lenguaje de las flores” (or “Doña Rosita: the spinster and the language of flowers“).
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Chicago, IL Radio WHPK-FM, 88.5 Mhz. Poetry & Its Music International presents poetry and interviews with Richard Fammereé as heard throughout the South Side of Chicago, on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 3:00 PM featuring published poets, venue hosts, spoken word artists, and more.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Chicago, IL The Poetry Foundation and The Modernist Studies Association at Loyola University Chicago present Kay Ryan 5:30 – 7:00 pm reading followed by a reception 5th Floor, Chicago Marriott, 540 North Michigan Avenue.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Las Vegas, NV It’s Las Vegas poet Robert Meyer’s 51st birthday! Happy birthday, Robert!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 East Lansing, MI Poet Jack Driscoll will be part of MSU’s Writers Series. He is currently Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 United Kingdom Somewhere, someone should be reading a Guy Fawkes’ Day poem. Really!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Lansing, MI Ruelaine Stokes hosts “An Evening of Poetry and Song;” featuring Joyce Benvenuto & Los Maestros at the Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St. in Lansing’s historic Old Town. The reading will begin at 7:30 pm. A donation is suggested (w/ a sliding scale from $3-$5). Refreshments are free. Parking is available on the street or in the large parking lot on the south side of the intersection of Turner St. and Grand River Avenue. (Turner Street is just 1 block east of the Grand River in Lansing’s Old Town.)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Ann Arbor, MI Herbert Granger Lecture: “Poetry and Prose: Xenophanes of Colophon ” 4:00pm Classics Library
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Ann Arbor, MI Anne Carson’s Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera at the Shaman Drum. The flyer reads: “In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates “decreation”–an activity described by Simone Weil as “undoing the creature in us”–an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?”
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Lansing, MI Join the Nu Poets at Gregory’s Ice and Smoke @ 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Contact: Rina (!) 517 372 8466. firstname.lastname@example.org and www.tncp.net. Rina says: “The NuPoets performed to a packed room for the Southeastern Michigan African American Book Club Mingle on October 22, 2005 in Ann Arbor. We represented. Lansing and it is your turn to support us.“
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 St. Joseph, MI The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI. Their flier reads: “Join us for the Poetry Factory Open Mic every third Tuesday of the month. Admission is $4 for audience members, or free for readers. Please bring original poetry to read, as well as a published poem from someone else that you admire. If you are planning on reading, please arrive between 7:00 and 7:30 to sign up.” Sponsored by The Poetry Factory. (269) 983-3688 & email@example.com
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Bowling Green, OH Winter Wheat Festival of Writing The fifth annual WWFW runs from Nov. 17-20 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), featuring some 40 workshops for writers of all abilities, author readings, and panel discussions. Featured Poets: George Looney, Aimee Nezhukamatathil, and Philip Memmer.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 East Lansing, MI Poet Conrad Hilberry will be part of MSU’s Writers Series. He he was poetry editor of Passages North and edited the anthology Poems from the Third Coast.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Indianapolis, IN Butler University Visiting Writers Series. Reading and book signing by poet and novelist, Pablo Medina. Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Lansing, MI Open Mic hosted by: Tim Lane (!) Magdalena’s Tea House, 2006 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $5 cover, sign up at door. (517) 487-1822.