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May 21, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Category: Other
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Featuring enhanced readings of new work by Diane DeCillis, Lolita Hernandez, Andy Mozina, Lisa Lenzo, and Conrad Hilberry

Complimentary appetizers | Cash bar

WSU Press’s Made in Michigan Writers Series (MIMWS) marks nine years of outstanding publications this May, releasing five of the best poetry and short fiction collections by some of the state’s finest talent.  As the state’s only literary imprint devoted solely to the publication of Michigan-based authors, the MIMWS is proving that lit in the mitt is not only alive, but thriving.

Celebrate this season’s amazing crop of new books and authors with Strings and Steel: A Spring Celebration of the Made in Michigan Writers Series at MOCAD on Wednesday, May 21st.  As with last year’s MIMWS Books & Beer Backyard Bash, you can always expect the MIMWS to do something unexpected each year.  This year’s event will feature steel drummers, video, music, and even PUPPETS.  This isn’t going to be your typical literary event.  It’s going to be a production. And an entertaining one that attendees will remember long after the party ends.

Check out our showcase of great talent for the evening:

  • Diane DeCillis, author of Strings Attached, her debut poetry collection
  • Lolita Hernandez, 2012 Kresge Literary Arts fellow and author of Making Callaloo in Detroit, her new short story collection
  • Andy Mozina, author of Quality Snacks and the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award Winner and National Best Books Award Finalist book The Women Were Leaving the Men
  • Lisa Lenzo, author of Strange Love, her new collection of nine self-contained yet interwoven stories
  • Conrad Hilberry, author of Until the Full Moon Has Its Say, the acclaimed author’s latest collection of poems

Here’s all you have to bring:  1) your hips for swinging to live pre-show music, 2) your face for munching complimentary light appetizers, and, of course, 3) your piggy bank for purchasing one of the many MIMWS and regional titles on sale that evening.  After seeing these Michiganders perform, we know you’ll want to.

In addition to the Made in Michigan event on the 21st, WSU Press has partnered with several other Detroit social groups to create an entire month of literature-themed programming called Lit in the Mitt Month.  Detroit-based, book-loving organizations like Nerd Nite 313, Literary Detroit, Source Booksellers, The Book Club of Detroit, Signal-Return, the Scarab Club and the Detroit Drunken Historical Society will be holding events throughout the month celebrating creative writing, each in their own unique way.  For more info and a complete schedule of events, visit wsupress.wayne.edu.

Young or old, book lover or poet, there’s no better way to support Lit in the Mitt!

For more information about this event, please contact Gabe Gloden at 3135776130 or ggloden@wayne.edu.