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Plains Writers Series, Poetry Slam XXIV to be Hosted Nov. 18

Published: 11-16-2010 4:15 pm

Wayne State College's Language and Literature Department, the School of Art and Humanities, the Multicultural Center, Sigma Tau Delta and the WSC Press in collaboration with Cave Canem will hold the Plains Writers Series on Nov. 18. The series is held twice a year in an attempt to bring attention to the prose and poetry of Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences.
This fall's Plains Writers Series will highlight the works from three Cave Canem fellows, a recent author of Jazz literature, a cowboy poet and a poet and performer of poetry. These authors will share selected pieces of their recent works in Ley Theater in Brandenburg Hall (Education Building) with sessions at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The readings will feature a backdrop of artwork from two local artists: Wayne State's retired professor, Vic Reynolds, and alumnus, Brian Finn. The art show begins at 9 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. with snacks provided by Sigma Tau Delta.

The first reading session, which runs from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., features two Cave Canem poets beginning with Makalani Bandale, an Affralacian Poet, and Wayne State's own, Timothy Black. Makalani Bandale is from Louisville, Ky., and a winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize for Poetry and has a forthcoming book of poetry from Willow Books. Bandale is working on a book of poetry influenced by the recordings and travels of Alan Lomax within the Deep South. Timothy Black, also a Cave Canem fellow, is the winner of the Academy of American Poets' Helen W. Kenewick Prize and the Caper Literary Journal Marvillosa Prize, author of Connecticut Shade and an instructor of English and poetry at Wayne State.

The second reading session, which runs from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., features the jazz literature of Johnny D. Iles and the Cave Canem fellow and Poet-in-Residence at the Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Glenn North. Iles is a Wayne State alumnus and his first book, Requiem for the Kid on Grand Piano, is a compilation of a poem, a story and a play all centered on jazz. Requiem is Book #5 of the Kloefkorn Series out of WSC Press. Glenn North is the Poet-in-Residence at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City and hosts Jazz Poetry Jams. North is a Calalloo Creative Writing and a Cave Canem fellow, and provided the poetic narration for the award-winning short film, May This Be Love. North, a 2009 recipient of the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award, also performed a guest appearance on ABC's family drama, Lincoln Heights.

The final reading session, from 2 to 3:15 p.m., features the poetry of Sarah McInstry-Brown of Omaha and Benjamin Gottschall of Missouri. McInstry-Brown is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and is published in numerous slam anthologies, Plainsongs, The Sow's Ear, The Cimarron Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review and McInstry-Brown has a collection of poetry forthcoming from Blue Light Press titled, Cradling Monsoons. Gottschall's work has appeared in several anthologies and journals including Carolina Quarterly, Meridian, South Dakota Review and Best New Poets 2007. His first book, Where It Happened, was released by Sandhills Press in 2007.

The day's events are open and free to the public and will be followed by Wayne State's long-running poetry slam, Slam XXIV, featuring the blues artist, Little Pink Anderson. Little Pink begins playing at 6:30 p.m. before the slam, which starts at 7 p.m. in the back room of The Max Bar and Grill, downtown Wayne. If you are interested in competing during the slam, bring a $5 fee and four original poems and register at 6 p.m. at The Max. Cash and Prizes are awarded for the top four poets. Little Pink's performance and the Slam are free for spectators.

For information: Cynthia Black, WSC Press, (402) 375-7118,



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