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A Day of Poetry at Macomb Community College features award-winning poets, live music

– Friday, October 25, 2013 1:00AM

Macomb Community College’s 2013 Day of Poetry will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, featuring original poetry by nationally and locally known poets, as well as Macomb creative writing students, and live music.

The free community event will be held at the college’s South and Center campuses.  It will run from noon to 2 p.m. on Center Campus at the John R. Dimitry Student Center (P Building) in the Skylight Café and from 5 to 7 p.m. on South Campus at the John Lewis Student and Community Center (K Building) in the Hub cafeteria. 

“Macomb’s Day of Poetry brings education, the arts and our community together to experience and foster creativity,” said Christine Guarino, director of cultural affairs and community engagement, Macomb Community College.

Macomb Community College poets will include creative writing students, along with the following faculty and staff members: Nicole Castle-Kelly, adjunct English faculty; Leigh Grant, adjunct communications faculty; Clark Iverson, communications professor; Christine Lahey, adjunct communications faculty; Kahtan Mandwee, adjunct English faculty; Susan Sheiner, adjunct English faculty; and Cassie Spieles, also known by the pen name Cassandra Swiderski, a librarian at South Campus.

A Day of Poetry will also feature Macomb alumnus M. L. Liebler, the first Poet Laureate of St. Clair Shores, and an internationally known and widely published Detroit-area poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He is the author of 13 books including the award-winning “Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream.”

Other award-winning poets and performers will participate in A Day of Poetry include:

  • Coyote Monk Poetry Band: The new Coyote Monk Poetry Band features Grammy-winning Eminem producer and bassist Steve King,The Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola, Frankie the K on the keys, Eddie Baranek from The Sights and drummer Leonard Johnson of The Dangerous Diane Band and 54 Sound Studio. 
  • Diamondancer:  Carolyn Ferrari, a.k.a. Diamondancer, is a Flint native who has been performing for 11 years at poetry readings, open microphone sessions and clubs. Her books are: “The Feminine Profane,” “The Diner,” “Excuse Me, Did You Say Something?” and “Love Potion #33.”
  • Meg Kearney:  Kearney is founding director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Her most recent collection of poems, “Home By Now,” was winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award. The book also was also a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.  Her other books include “An Unkindness of Ravens,” “The Secret of Me,” “The Girl in the Mirror” and “Trouper,” her first picture book.
  • Bonnie Rose Marcus: Marcus is a poet, theater artist, hospice volunteer and Buddhist practitioner.  Her book of poems, “The Luminosity,” is inspired by her work in hospice. She directs the Readings & Workshops Program (East) and Writers' Exchange at Poets & Writers, Inc.
  • Gary Metras:  Metras is the author of the poetry books “The Night Watches,” “Destiny’s Calendar” and “Until There Is Nothing Left,” along with 11 “chapbooks,” or small, pamphlet-sized books.  Metras is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Fellowship in Poetry. He also is the editor, publisher, and printer of Adastra Press, which specializes in hand-crafted chapbooks of poetry. 

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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