Natalie Bakopoulos, Michael Zadoorian, and Christine Rhein at Mentobe Cafe this Wednesday, 9/25

The fall series continues on Wednesday, September 25th, with a fantastic evening with writers Natalie Bakopoulos, Michael Zadoorian, and Christine Rhein, hosted by Joy Gaines-Friedler.

Natalie Bakopoulos holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Ninth Letter, and Granta Online, and received a 2010 O. Henry Award, a Hopwood Award, and Platsis Prize for Work in the Greek Legacy. The Green Shore, her first novel, was published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster. She is a contributing editor for the online journal Fiction Writers Review ( Each summer she teaches creative writing at the Aegean Arts Circle in Andros, Greece.

Michael Zadoorian is the author of two novels, The Leisure Seeker (William Morrow, 2009) and Second Hand (W.W. Norton, 2000), and a story collection, The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2009). A 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow in the Literary Arts, he is also the recipient of Columbia University’s Anahid Literary Award, the Michigan Notable Book award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been published in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, North American Review and Detroit Noir. Born and raised in Detroit, he lives in Ferndale, Michigan.

Christine Rhein is the author of Wild Flight, winner of the Walt McDonald First Book Prize in Poetry (Texas Tech University Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review, where her work was awarded the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize. Her poems have also been selected for Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best New Poets. A former auto engineer, Christine lives in Brighton and is currently completing a new poetry manuscript.


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