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

– Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:00AM

Macomb Community College’s 2014 Day of Poetry will be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, featuring original poetry and music by nationally and locally known poets, along with Macomb students and faculty members.

The free community event will be held at both Macomb’s Center Campus in Clinton Township and South Campus in Warren.  On Center Campus, performances will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Skylight Café in the John R. Dimitry Student Center (P Building). On South Campus, they will happen from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hub in the John Lewis Student and Community Center (K Building). 

The day will include performances by:  

  • M. L. Liebler and the Good Shepherd Poetry Band:  Liebler, a Macomb alumnus, is 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.” The band includes  Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola, the Muggs’ bassist Tony DeNardo, drummer Lou DeCillis, and Joel Martin, Eminem’s publisher and owner of Ferndale's 54 Sound Studio, on harmonica.
  • Mark Levin:  Losing his hearing at age three never slowed Mark Levin, who grew up in Chicago and was inspired to pick up a guitar at 12 years old, and he never looked back. Levin currently works with D-PAN: Deaf Professional Arts Network. Inspired by the madness of the beat generation, Levin has been writing poetry for more than 15 years. He also plays guitar, bass, drums, performs as a disc jockey, and is involved with theater, film, music festivals and music videos.
  • Cody Walker: Walker is the author of “Shuffle and Breakdown” and the co-editor of “Alive at the Center: An Anthology of Poems from the Pacific Northwest.” His work appears in Slate, The Yale Review, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, the Best American Poetry and the Cartoon Bureau Blog of the New Yorker. He teaches English at the University of Michigan and blogs regularly for The Kenyon Review. His second poetry collection, “The Self-Styled No-Child,” will be published in 2016.

Macomb creative writing students will also be reading their poetry, along with the following Macomb instructors: Nicole Castle-Kelly, adjunct English faculty; Clark Iverson, communications professor; Christine Lahey, adjunct communications faculty; Janet Lawless, adjunct English faculty; Susan Sheiner, adjunct English faculty; and Cheri L. R. Taylor, adjunct English faculty.

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.  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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