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
A modern-day fairy tale told in conversation between a young girl and the mermaid of Lake Michigan.
Poems inspired by a love of the living world and the actions that destroy what sustains us.
Poems suggesting that living on Earth takes a lot of practice.
Idealistic characters fight to hold onto a life that is slipping out of their grasp.
Beautifully-crafted prose from one of Michigan’s most original voices.
Poetry that recounts Great Lakes shipwrecks through imagination and history.
Charts the emotional, political, and economic landscapes of the working-class Metro Detroit community and its residents.
Short poems that look closely at small moments in a personal history, in art, and in the natural world.
New short fiction by some of Michigan’s well-known and highly acclaimed authors.
Stirring, atmospheric poems that journey through memories of growing up in India, and the myth, death, loss, and rebirth that surrounds that experience.
A rollicking meeting of two wildly different yet incredibly similar personas . . . the Deadman in the shape and form of a trickster and the voice of an apprentice river shaman, the Mad Angler.
Poems that take a poignant look at societal issues and contemporary American topics, such as working-class life and twenty-first century war.
Three generations of women in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula live at the center of this linked short story collection.
Short, searing glimpses of how race and gender shadow even the most intimate moments of women’s lives.
Twenty-three writers reflect on their experiences working with public school students as part of Detroit’s innovative InsideOut Literary Arts Project.
Modern Anishinaabemowin poetry in conversation with English translation.
Playful and profound short poems inspired by everyday insights and philosophical concerns.
A unique take on the tumultuous 1960s from a young woman growing up in rural Michigan.
Free verse poems driven by a narrative impulse and informed by decades of work in and around Detroit.
Captivating linked stories that follow a group of characters from an upscale suburb of Detroit over several decades.