Wednesday Night Sessions, our reading series hosted by poet Mitch Nobis, begins a new season this month with readings and interviews with five writers. The first reading will go live on our You Tube channel at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 27th.
See the full schedule below:
September 27: Jane Zwart’s poems have appeared in Poetry, TriQuarterly, and Threepenny Review, as well as other journals and magazines. She also reviews books, writes the occasional essay, and interviews other writers. She teaches literature and writing at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing.
October 4: Andrew Collard is the author of Sprawl (Ohio University Press, 2023), winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with his son, where he teaches writing at Grand Valley State University.
October 11: Ajanae Dawkins is a writer, theologian, and educator. She received a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin as a First Wave, Hip-hop and Urban Arts scholar, and her MFA in poetry from Randolph College. She has performed and been featured at venues across the country. She has been published in The Rumpus, Frontier Poetry, Underbelly, The Ecotheo Review, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Tinderbox Poetry Journal’s Editors Prize, a finalist for the Cave Canem Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, and a finalist for the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins poetry prize.
October 18: Peter Markus is the author of six books, the most recent of which is When Our Fathers Return to Us as Birds (Wayne State University Press, Made in Michigan Series). Other books include The Fish and the Not Fish, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book selection, as well as We Make Mud and Bob, or Man on Boat, all published by Dzanc Books. Over the years his work has been published in Iowa Review, Chicago Review, Northwest Review, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 2013 he was named a Kresge Arts in Detroit fellow in Literary Arts. He is the Senior Writer at InsideOut Literary Arts and is also a lecturer in Creative Writing at Oakland University.
October 25: Tommye Blount (he/him) is the author of the chapbook What Are We Not For (Bull City Press) and the full-length collection of poetry Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books)—which was finalist for the National Book Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and others. He is the recipient of commendations, fellowships, and grants from: the Whiting Foundation, Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Kresge Arts in Detroit, and the Aninstantia Foundation. Born and raised in Detroit, Tommye now lives in Novi, Michigan.