East Side Reading Series

Join us for the April edition of the East Side Reading Series where we feature six writers reading original work!

The Line Up:
Benjamin Alfaro
Michael Ferro
Joy Gaines-Friedler
Monica Rico
Claire Weiner
Willie Williams

BENJAMIN ALFARO is a writer, educator, and organizer from Michigan. He is a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow and author of the forthcoming chapbook, Fantasma. His work has been published in a range of journals, anthologized in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and featured on the HBO Original Series: Brave New Voices. He serves as the Teen Programs Specialist at InsideOut Literary Arts where he directs the Youth Poet Laureate initiative and Louder Than a Bomb: The Michigan Youth Poetry Festival. As an educator, he's been featured on VICE and Katie Couric's Cities Rising: Rebuilding America. Learn more about him at www.benjaminalfaro.com

MICHAEL FERRO's debut novel, TITLE 13, was published by Harvard Square Editions in February 2018. He has received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award, won the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction, and been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Michael’s writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Crack the Spine, Entropy Magazine, Amsterdam Quarterly, Yale University’s Perch Journal, Duende, The Nottingham Review, Chicago Literati, Splitsider, Fiction Writers Review, Potluck Magazine, and elsewhere. Born and bred in Detroit, Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the Midwest; he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor, Michigan. Additional information can be found at www.michaelaferro.com.

JOY GAINES-FRIEDLER's works include three books of poetry, Like Vapor, Dutiful Heart and Capture Theory. She is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of the 2016 Margo Lagattuta Poetry Prize. Featured in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Jewish American Poetry and the award winning Poetry in Michigan in Poetry, Joy has received awards from, among others, Ekphrastic Magazine, The Litchfield Review, Writers Digest, The Patterson Review, The Alan Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Tom Howard Prize, and The Marjorie Wilson Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joy holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches for a variety of non-profits in the Detroit area including literary arts programs, social justice programs, and the PCAP – Prison Creative Arts Project through the University of Michigan. For Joy, to write a poem, or to read a poem, is the greatest social justice action or personal growth exercise one can do. https://joygainesfriedler.wordpress.com/

MONICA RICO grew up in Saginaw, Michigan alongside General Motors and the legend of Theodore Roethke. Currently she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and works for the Bear River Writers’ Conference as a conference coordinator and editor. Her poems have recently appeared in SiDEKiCK Lit, Dunes Review, Moonchild Magazine, The Ilanot Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Luna Luna, and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is the author of the chapbook, Twisted Mouth of the Tulip (Red Paint Hill Publishing, 2017) and will begin her MFA in Poetry this fall at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell’s Writers’ Program. www.slowdownandeat.com

CLAIRE WEINER is a clinical social worker/mindfulness teacher who lives in Ann Arbor Michigan. She began writing when her children left home. She writes mostly poetry, but also non-fiction, and short stories. She has been published in After Hours, The Bear River Review, Burningwood Literary Journal, and Muddy River Poetry Review.

WILLIE WILLIAMS was born Black by the Detroit River in the year Willie Mays grew into a giant. As a child of the 1960s, he will never lose his idealism or voice in the struggle for freedom with his words as weapons. He's been published in several anthologies such as Abandon Automobile, HIPology, and Poet in the House. Also, when the pictures turn out okay, he's a photographer.

AUBRI K. ADKINS works remotely as an academic Department Manager and statistics instructor for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She writes fiction and memoir--her most recent publication is in the Summer, 2017 issue of Stirring: A Literary Collection. She is a recovering serial mover who found a home and writing community in Detroit, MI.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
19560 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48223