Reading Event: Hadha Baladuna
Series Editors: M. L. Liebler, Wayne State University; Michael Delp, Interlochen Center for the Arts
The Made in Michigan Writers Series is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers to showcase Michigan's diverse voices. The series publishes poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and essays by Michigan writers with the aim of encouraging the recognition of the state's artistic and cultural heritage throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the nation.
these are love(d) letters
Ames Hawkins’s These are Love(d) Letters is a genre-bending visual memoir and work of literary nonfiction that explores the questions: What inspires a person to write a love letter? What inspires a person to save a love letter even when the love has shifted or left? And what does it mean when a person uses someone else’s love letters as a place from which to create their own sense of self?
"Ames Hawkins renders the inheritance of a parent’s love letters into a queer palimpsest of legacy, knowledge, and experience. Letters as collections. Letters as raw theory. Letters as family tracings. Letters as identity archive. This book is essay art at its most exquisite, a brilliant new standard for artifact-based nonfiction." – Carolyn Kuebler, editor of the New England Review
Aretha's Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
Library of Michigan
An intimate look at widowhood.
Poetry that inhabits and queers bodies and lands in an ecosomatic investigation.
Intimate and unwavering exploration of love, loss, and the queer possibilities inherent in artistic aspiration.
An imagined personal exchange with Marvin Gaye, in verse, on life in Michigan.
Explores the emotional and physical labor necessary to work nights as a pizza delivery driver and days as a high school English teacher.
A moving memoir exploring one family’s legacy of African Americans with American Indian roots.
Interconnected stories exploring life, love, and passion in an ever-changing community.
Meditations on life and death from the shores of Lake Superior to the North Sea.
An unflinching look at race, class, life after death, disability, and family.
Reflections on grief, family, and faith set against the seasonal changes and landscapes of Michigan.
A collection of meditations and reflections on being.
Searing new poems from a vital American voice.
A story about place, interfaith, and what it means to come home.
African American characters navigate a physical and spiritual journey beginning in the antebellum South.
New creative nonfiction by some of Michigan’s most well-known and highly acclaimed authors.
Surreal stories highlighting the struggle of carving out a home for one’s self.
An intimate look at a woman on the verge who is in tune with her body and nature.
Explores the bonds of family, neighbors, lovers, and friends as they are tested in new environments.
Jazz, opera, and various blues serve as the soundtrack for this collection of fairytales for grown-ups of all ages.
Poetry that uses American folk music as a lens to investigate themes of family, art, and masculinity.