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Poetrypalooza: Macomb Community College features award-winning poets and original works by Macomb students, faculty and staff

– Wednesday, September 16, 2015 12:00AM

Spoken word poetry – verse written to be performed for an audience – returns to Macomb Community College on Sept. 22. 2015. Macomb’s Poetrypalooza will feature original poetry from students and faculty members, along with featured performances by nationally and locally known poets.

 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 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skylight Café in the John R. Dimitry Student Center (P Building). On South Campus, they will happen from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hub in the John Lewis Student and Community Center (K Building). 

Among those performing will be Macomb creative writing students, faculty and staff, who will read their original poetry, including: 

  • Marilyn Borner, adjunct communications instructor.
  • Nicole Castle-Kelly, adjunct English faculty.
  • DanTwon Copeland, Macomb student.
  • Leigh Grant, adjunct communications faculty.
  • Clark Iverson, communications professor.
  • Christine Lahey, adjunct communications faculty.
  • DeeDee Maa, Macomb student and work/study employee.
  • Kahtan Mandwee, adjunct English faculty.
  • Scott Muck, a Macomb facilities coordinator and author of “Purgatory Cafe: A Poetic Novel.”

 The day also will include performances by:

  • Pete Brown: A musician, poet, writer, record producer and performer based in North London, United Kingdom, Brown wrote the lyrics for the band Cream’s hits “I Feel Free,” “White Room,” and “Sunshine of Your Love.” He has continued to write and play music, and recently released his autobiography and the related documentary, “White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns.”
  • Desiree Cooper: Cooper is an award-winning fiction writer as well as a lawyer, an award‑winning former columnist with the Detroit Free Press, former public radio personality and founding board member of Cave Canem, a national program for emerging African-American poets.
  • M. L. Liebler:  Liebler, a Macomb alumnus, is an internationally known and widely published Detroit-area poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He is the author of several books including the award-winning “Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream,” and editor or the anthology “Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams.” He has been on faculty in the English department at Wayne State University since 1980, and he has been the St. Clair Shores Poet Laureate since 2005.

About Macomb Community College
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