Wednesday Night Sessions Returns on August 28th

Our author reading series, Wednesday Night Sessions, returns for its fall series on August 28th with a great lineup:

Ken Meisel is a poet and psychotherapist from the Detroit area. He is a 2012 Kresge Arts Fellow and a Pushcart Prize Nominee, and the author of five poetry collections. They are Beautiful Rust (Bottom Dog Press, 2009), Just Listening (Pure Heart Press, 2007), Before Exiting (Pure Heart Press, 2006) and Sometimes the Wind (March Street Press, 2002). The chapbook version of Just Listening won the 2006 Swan Duckling chapbook contest. Meisel’s publication credits include Cream City Review, Concho River Review, San Pedro River Review, Rattle, River Oak Review, Bryant Literary Review, Main Street Rag, Boxcar Review, Otis Nebula, Third Wednesday, Ruminate, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Chaffin Journal and Lake Effect.

Alissa Nutting‘s debut novel, Tampa, will be published by Ecco/Harper Collins in 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other venues. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at John Carroll University.

WNS_Fall_2013 John Rybicki was born and raised in Detroit. He is the author of two previous poetry collections, We Bed Down into Water and Traveling at High Speeds. His third book of poems, When All the World Is Old, was published by Lookout Books in April 2012. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, and Bomb, among many others, and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. He teaches poetry writing through InsideOut Literary Arts Project and Wings of Hope Hospice to children who have been through a trauma or loss. When he is not teaching, he changes tires, paints houses, and does some carpentry. He lives in Augusta, Michigan with his son, Martell.

Yes, We’re up to Something

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything new here but that doesn’t mean all is quiet with kickstART farmington. These are some of the things we’ve done or are currently working on:

1. If you were at the Founder’s Festival last month you might have noticed some chalk art along Grand River. Some kickstARTers were out chalking up the downtown with art and poetry.

2. Greater Farmington Film Festival: Expect some big news about this very soon! The opening night films will be at the Smith Theater at Oakland Community College next March and … we’ll share the following in a whisper … it’s likely the other films will be screened at your favorite theater in downtown Farmington! By the way, you can support the festival and make it a great success by contributing to our fundraising campaign here: http://www.power2give.org/semichigan/Project/Detail?projectId=2091. Thank you for your support!

3.  We’ll be hosting a couple of open houses for the community to discuss the role of the arts in Farmington and Farmington Hills and to share a survey we’re doing to assess the state of the arts. More information on this coming soon and we hope you’ll be able to join us.

4. Our monthly reading series, Wednesday Night Sessions, kicks off its fall season on August 28th at 7 pm at Mentobe Cafe in downtown Farmington. The writers Alissa Nutting, Ken Meisel, and John Rybicki will be with us for the opening night and you will not want to miss them!chalk