Visiting Artist Workshop: Make A Dent with Ben Blount
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Visiting Artist Workshop: Make A Dent with Ben Blount

Saturday, JULY 13 [10-4 PM] • $125 • All Materials Included

Since the early 1500s the printing press has been used to share important information with the public. Whether proclamation or promotion, propaganda or praise, the power of the press has been used for centuries to tell important stories. What story do you have to tell?

 American author and storyteller Studs Terkel said the purpose of life is “To make a dent.” In this workshop, we’ll work with wood type to create posters with bite. We will make a literal and figurative impression (without damaging the type) by printing bold messages on paper. Do you have something important to say? A message that needs to be shared? Come to this workshop and put it down on paper.

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Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves books, type, and putting ink on paper. His work often explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. He is a believer in the power of the printed word and has taught workshops at places like The Cleveland Institute of Art, Florida Atlantic University, and Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Ben learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with mentors and lots of practice. He currently prints out of his storefront studio in Evanston, IL.

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Visiting Artist Workshop: "Sketching" on Press & Notebook Binding with Lindsay Schmittle of Gingerly Press
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Visiting Artist Workshop: "Sketching" on Press & Notebook Binding with Lindsay Schmittle of Gingerly Press

OCTOBER 5 + 6 [10-4 PM] • $225 • All Materials Included

Always find yourself looking for your next notebook to fill with fresh ideas, lists, scribbles or sketches? Come print and bind your own in this two-day workshop with visiting artist, Lindsay Schmittle of Gingerly Press!

On Saturday, we'll use a curated selection of large metal type, wood type and ornaments from the Signal Return collection and an array of ink colors to print one-off notebook covers. We'll print with a playful proofing technique used by Lindsay in the Gingerly Press studio as a way to "sketch" ideas on press. Then on Sunday, we'll bind those covers into 6x9" notebooks with plenty of pages for recording all your freshest ideas. Each participant will create 3 hand-printed & hand-bound notebooks by the end of the weekend.

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Visiting Artist Workshop: Experimental Letterpress with Brad Vetter
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Visiting Artist Workshop: Experimental Letterpress with Brad Vetter

Saturday, JUNE 8 & Sunday, JUNE 9 [10-4 PM] • $225 • All Materials Included

While printing a multitude of letterpress show posters, Louisville, Kentucky based artist/printer Brad Vetter has incorporated many alternative methods into his aesthetic. Pressure printing, a non-traditional letterpress technique that uses stencils to creates unique and spontaneous images, stands out as one of his favorites. During this two-day workshop we will learn Brad’s secrets to perfecting this technique and how to incorporate it into your next letterpress print project. Working with presses, hand-set type and laser cut elements, we will create our own stencils and corresponding prints! No experience necessary.

During this two-day workshop we will:
- Marvel at Brad’s beautiful posters and process examples
- Discuss and Explore the good the bad and the ugly of “Pressure Printing”, and other fun alternative printing techniques
- Cut and Print your own pressure printed designs in the letterpress studio

Eventbrite - Experimental Letterpress with Brad Vetter

Brad Vetter is a designer, artist, educator and letterpress printer currently based in Louisville, KY. After studying graphic design at Western Kentucky University, Brad spent eight years honing his craft and printing posters at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. During his tenure at Hatch he was able to merge his love of the handmade and graphic design in printing projects for his favorite bands (Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket and Wilco) and the coolest clients (Nike and Anthropologie).

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After Hatch, Brad became an independent printer and designer under the mantle Brad Vetter Design. Bouncing between antique letterpress equipment and contemporary technologies, he continues to hand print rock-and-roll posters while also adding some digital design to his repertoire. Recent poster clients include Mumford & Sons, Van Morrison and Chris Stapleton just to name a few. His letterpress inspired labels also adore every bottle of Signal Ridge Vineyard wine. Brad frequently lectures and hosts workshops throughout the US on his unique techniques and processes. His print work has been shown in such notable venues as the San Francisco MoMA, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, and the Danish Museum of Media.

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Flower Day in Eastern Market
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Flower Day in Eastern Market

Flower Day takes place every year in Eastern Market on the Sunday after Mother’s Day and has been a time-honored tradition of Eastern Market since 1967. Growers offer a wide variety of flowers, and here at Signal-Return we have flower themed posters, prints, cards, and gifts. Come on in to see our studio and shop, open special hours for the festivities from 9am - 4 pm!

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Motor Signal: Imani Mixon & Aisha Sabatini Sloan
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal: Imani Mixon & Aisha Sabatini Sloan

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Join us for our final reading of 2019 with Imani Mixon and Aisha Sabatini Sloan.

Imani Mixon is a Detroit-based and embraced writer who explores stories of acquiring and returning, necessity and desire, and the overwhelming coolness of all things Black. She is becoming the writer, poet, and person she has needed all along.

Imani Mixon is a Detroit-based and embraced writer who explores stories of acquiring and returning, necessity and desire, and the overwhelming coolness of all things Black. She is becoming the writer, poet, and person she has needed all along.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of  The Fluency of Light  (2013) and  Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit  (2017) .  Her most recent book of essays was nominated for the University of Iowa's Essay Prize and won the CLMP Firecracker award for nonfiction .  She is the Helen Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of The Fluency of Light (2013) and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit (2017)Her most recent book of essays was nominated for the University of Iowa's Essay Prize and won the CLMP Firecracker award for nonfictionShe is the Helen Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan.

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Visting Artist Workshop: Flashy Fleurons & Luxurious Letterforms with Jen Farrell
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Visting Artist Workshop: Flashy Fleurons & Luxurious Letterforms with Jen Farrell

SATURDAY, April 13 & SUNDAY April 14 [10–4 PM] • $225 All Materials Included

Working with the Signal Return type collection over two days, participants will set and print one or two (depending on personal choice) pieces. We’ll first approach the idea of creating something decorative and symmetrical and purely ornamental. The second project will be to create a non-symmetrical letterform from the ornaments on hand.

At the height of its popularity in the 1800s, letterpress printing presented printers with incredible options for creating everything from simple flower embellishments to elaborate systems of illustrations built with ornament. What can we learn from looking at examples of historical designs, how they survived (or didn’t) and their role in design and print vernacular over the century to follow? In this workshop, we’ll examine the quirks of old ornaments, how to keep them vital and allow them to influence and inform modern design practices.

During the course of the weekend workshop we will study specimen books that show the type/ornament at its zenith, start to ‘see’ how ornament can be used to accent or illustrate, look at good practices for printing metal type, examine ornament for visual positive/negative space, usefulness and condition, and get tips and tricks for getting the best out of old metal type

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Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards to posters, as well as custom commissions, wholesale ephemera and limited edition prints & books. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.

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Motor Signal: Elizabeth Schmuhl & Jelly Fordon
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal: Elizabeth Schmuhl & Jelly Fordon

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Join us on April 11th for part 3 of our season 6 series with Elizabeth Schmuhl.

Elizabeth Schmuhl is a multidisciplinary artist –writer, dancer, and painter– and the author of Premonitions (Wayne State University Press). She illustrates essays for The Rumpus, has taught writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and worked in digital development at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She is currently Shamel Pitts’ Marketing and Campaign Manager and works at the University of Michigan.

Elizabeth Schmuhl is a multidisciplinary artist –writer, dancer, and painter– and the author of Premonitions (Wayne State University Press). She illustrates essays for The Rumpus, has taught writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and worked in digital development at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She is currently Shamel Pitts’ Marketing and Campaign Manager and works at the University of Michigan.

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle and various other journals. Her novel-in-stories,  Garden for the Blind , was chosen as a 2016 Michigan Notable Book among other awards.  On the Street Where We Live , a one-act play adapted from her poetry was chosen for the 2018 Dream Up Festival in New York. She is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection,  Goodbye Toothless House  (Kattywompus Press 2019).  www.kellyfordon.com

Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Kenyon Review (KRO), Rattle and various other journals. Her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, was chosen as a 2016 Michigan Notable Book among other awards. On the Street Where We Live, a one-act play adapted from her poetry was chosen for the 2018 Dream Up Festival in New York. She is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House (Kattywompus Press 2019). www.kellyfordon.com

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Motor Signal: Akil Kumarasamy &
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal: Akil Kumarasamy &

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Join us on March 14th for part 2 of our season 6 series with readers Amy Elliott Bragg and Akil Kumarasamy.

Amy Elliott Bragg is a writer, editor and history lover. For  Atlas Obscura , Detroit's  Model D , and on her own blog ( nighttraintodetroit.com ) and newsletter, she has explored how Detroit became a city of trees, the origins of cremation in the United States, the story of the woman who launched Detroit's historic preservation movement and why Michigan is on Eastern Time. She is immediate past president of the board of directors of Preservation Detroit, the city's largest historic preservation advocacy organization, and a co-founder of Brick + Beam Detroit, a Knight Cities Challenge-winning project to bring together Detroit's building rehab community. When she's not working at old books or old buildings, she is special projects editor for  Crain's Detroit Business.  She is a Beloit College graduate and the author of  Hidden History of Detroit,  published by the History Press in 2011.

Amy Elliott Bragg is a writer, editor and history lover. For Atlas Obscura, Detroit's Model D, and on her own blog (nighttraintodetroit.com) and newsletter, she has explored how Detroit became a city of trees, the origins of cremation in the United States, the story of the woman who launched Detroit's historic preservation movement and why Michigan is on Eastern Time. She is immediate past president of the board of directors of Preservation Detroit, the city's largest historic preservation advocacy organization, and a co-founder of Brick + Beam Detroit, a Knight Cities Challenge-winning project to bring together Detroit's building rehab community. When she's not working at old books or old buildings, she is special projects editor for Crain's Detroit Business. She is a Beloit College graduate and the author of Hidden History of Detroit, published by the History Press in 2011.

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of  Half Gods . Her work has appeared in  Harper's Magazine ,  American Short Fiction ,  Boston Review , among others. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Schomburg Center. She is a visiting professor in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers' Program.

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of Half Gods. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, American Short Fiction, Boston Review, among others. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Schomburg Center. She is a visiting professor in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers' Program.

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Motor Signal 2019 Kickoff: Oneita Jackson and Ber-Henda Williams
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal 2019 Kickoff: Oneita Jackson and Ber-Henda Williams

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Kick off our SIXTH season of Motor Signal on February 21, with Oneita Jackson and Ber-Henda Williams!

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Dayton, Ohio, native and Howard University graduate Oneita Jackson spent her summers in New York City and lived in Washington, D.C., 14 years before moving to Detroit in 2001 to take a job as a copy editor at the Free Press, where she would eventually write the controversial and award-winning, observations-based O Street column.  

The World’s Proudest English Major escaped from journalism in 2012 and went on new adventures, becoming what she would call the “baddest little” everything:  cab driver and professional fixer, restaurant hostess, satirist; her books “Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome” and “Letters from Mrs. Grundy”—nonfiction satires about identity, judgment, and assumptions (unconscious bias) and bad customer service—are endorsed by international bestseller and Dayton Literary Peace Prize and TED Prize recipient Dave Eggers.

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Ber-Henda Williams lives according to her name’s Germanic-Greek origin, “The Bear Hearted Protector” of multiculturalism, art and womanhood. She focuses her energy as a femolutionary, poet, teacher, author, television and film producer, youth advocate and public speaker. A Wayne State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minor in International Marketing, Ber-Henda Williams lives her life in color.

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Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones Book Launch
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones Book Launch

Thursday January 17, 6-8 PM

Join us for the Detroit launch of Lives Laid Away!, the second novel in the August Snow series, by acclaimed writer Stephen Mack Jones. Stephen is a poet, award-winning playwright and recipient of a Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase from The Book Beat and Stephen will be present to sign your book! 

Stephen's first novel, August Snow received rave reviews and the following awards:
Winner of the Hammett Prize for Crime Fiction
A 2018 Michigan Notable Book
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2017 
Strand Magazine Critics Awards Best First Novel Nominee
Finalist for the 2018 Shamus Award
Finalist for the 2018 Nero Award

Author Stephen Mack Jones

Author Stephen Mack Jones

 
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On Press: Making Visible An Unseen Detroit Celebration
Dec
20
5:30 PM17:30

On Press: Making Visible An Unseen Detroit Celebration

Thursday December 20, 5:30 - 8 PM

We're celebrating the release of 6 new original print editions, created by the second cohort of artists invited to participate in this project. Please join us, celebrate the artists, and buy the prints to support the nonprofits they are championing!

New Prints by:
W.C. Bevan/WNUC
Olayami Dabls/Mariners Inn
Andy Krieger/The Children's Center 
Nicole McDonald/Wild Indigo
Azucena Nava-Moreno/Detroit Horse Power
Renee Rials/COTS

Prints also available from:
Mark Arminski/Georgia Street Community Colllective
Louise Jones/Detroit Hives
Sabrina Nelson/Black Family Development
Renata Palubinskas/Keep Growing Detroit
Pat Perry/Freedom House
Vito Valdez/Last Day Dog Rescue

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Flashing Lights and Neon Trees
Dec
1
to Dec 19

Flashing Lights and Neon Trees

December 1 - 19
University of Michigan Detroit Center, Midtown Detroit

Holiday Trees, organized by the Carr Center, is a unique celebration of the holiday season that brings together different artists and organizations to decorate trees and present them in a community exhibition. Come check out our tree!

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Holiday Card Jam
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Card Jam

Join us for our annual Holiday Card Jam fundraiser! We will have 5 presses set up for you to print your own holiday cards with a DJ to get you in the holiday spirit and refreshments provided. Register in advance or pay at the door.

Entry Ticket: $25 includes 5 print your own holiday cards with envelopes

Patron Ticket: $60 includes 5 print your own holiday cards with envelopes, Signal-Return t-shirt and Signal-Return Individual Membership (10% off all purchases). Limited quantity available!

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Book Launch: The Poisoned City by Anna Clark
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: The Poisoned City by Anna Clark

Thursday September 6 @ 6 pm

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
In the first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.

Author Anna Clark

Author Anna Clark

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Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival

Join Signal-Return at the Ann Arbor Wayzgoose Printing Festival! Located at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library, this event celebrates all forms of printmaking and will feature workshops, demonstrations, and a vendor fair. We will have a booth at the vendor fair, bringing prints and cards made at Signal-Return as well as our Detroit city spirit!

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Motor Signal: Saladin Ahmed and Stephen Mack Jones
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal: Saladin Ahmed and Stephen Mack Jones

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Our FIFTH season is here, featuring Saladin Ahmed and Stephen Mack Jones!

Saladin Ahmed's work has been nominated for the Eisner, Hugo, and Nebula Awards. His novel THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, praised by George RR Martin as "a rollicking swashbuckler," won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Saladin's short fiction, essays, and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, Salon, and BuzzFeed. Recently he has focused on comics, writing BLACK BOLT, EXILES, and QUICKSILVER for Marvel Comics and creating ABBOTT, an occult thriller set in 1970s Detroit, at Boom Studios.

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing communications for a number of years before turning to fiction. August Snow (Soho Press) is his first novel. On January 9th, 2019, Soho Press will release the second book in the August Snow thriller series.

The 2018 Season of Motor Signal is supported by a generous grant from The Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

Saladin Ahmed

Saladin Ahmed

Stephen Mack Jones

Stephen Mack Jones

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Motor Signal: Amy Haimerl and J.M. Leija
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal: Amy Haimerl and J.M. Leija

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Our FIFTH season is here, featuring Amy Haimerl and J.M. Leija!

Amy Haimerl is a professor of journalism at Michigan State University and the author of "Detroit Hustle," a memoir of rehabbing a historic home in the Motor City. She also covers entrepreneurship and urban policy for Fortune, Reuters and the New York Times. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Karl, and their cat, The Overlord.

J.M. Leija is a Detroit educator and essayist. Her most recent essay was published in the January issue of the Tishman Review and she was previously featured in "A Detroit Anthology." She was a 2015 Write A House finalist, a graduate of the University of Michigan English Department and of the Bennington College Writing Seminars in Summer 2014. For the last three years she has been hard at work on a collection of essays about teaching DPS students during the most difficult time in educational history: right now.

The 2018 Season of Motor Signal is supported by a generous grant from The Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl

JM Leija

JM Leija

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The Kit Vendor Showcase
May
17
5:30 PM17:30

The Kit Vendor Showcase

Join us at Signal-Return on Thursday, May 17, when we collaborate with AIGA Detroit to presentan opportunity for you to meet paper vendors, sign painters, neon sign-makers, screenprinters, letterpress printers…all the creatives you need to know about to help make your project a success!

Participating vendors include:
French Paper
Motown Sign
KTD Print
Signal-Return Press
Berci Letterpress
Darkroom Detroit
Ocelot Print Shop
Thomson Shore and Bessenberg Bindery
Steward & Stewart for Legion Paper

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Motor Signal: Ben Alfaro and Megan Stockton
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal: Ben Alfaro and Megan Stockton

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Our FIFTH season is here, Featuring Ben Alfaro and Megan Stockton.

Benjamin Alfaro is a writer, educator, and organizer from Michigan. He is a 2017 Kresge Arts Fellow and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Southern Indiana Review, deLuge Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Duende, and elsewhere. He has been featured on HBO, Yahoo!, VICE, and NPR. His work with InsideOut Literary Arts helped launch the Detroit Youth Poet Laureate program and Louder Than a Bomb: The Michigan Youth Poetry Festival. As an undergraduate student, he founded WayneSLAM on the campus of Wayne State University. He lives in Detroit.

Megan Stockton is a poet and publisher living in Detroit, Michigan. She is  the editor of BathHouse Journal, and is a member of Problem Press, a collaborative writing and publishing project. Stockton's writing has appeared in Publication Studio, Monster House PressBigBig WednesdayThe StoolBearings: Works About BoundariesHypocrite ReaderFlint Magazine, and A Plume Journal. She is currently working on her Master’s of Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.

The 2018 Season of Motor Signal is supported by a generous grant from The Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

Ben Alfaro

Ben Alfaro

Megan Stockton

Megan Stockton

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PRESSING ON: The Letterpress Film
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

PRESSING ON: The Letterpress Film

PRESSING ON: The Letterpress Film is about the renewed interested in letterpress printing.  Come watch with us as the filmmakers and featured printers answer the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age? Signal-Return is pleased to present this screening in partnership with AIGA Detroit, ArborOakland Group and The Printing Plant: The Printery of the Americas. Click here to watch the trailer and for more information about the film. 

Free admission, RSVP required.

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Motor Signal 2018 Kickoff: Liana Aghajanian and Serena Maria Daniels
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal 2018 Kickoff: Liana Aghajanian and Serena Maria Daniels

The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation. Kick off our FIFTH season of Motor Signal on March 28, Featuring Liana Aghajanian and Serena Maria Daniels!

Liana Aghajanian was raised in Los Angeles by way of Tehran after coming to the U.S. as a refugee. Liana is a journalist specializing in longform, narrative storytelling and international reporting. She is a 2017 Images of Voices & Hope Restorative Narrative Fellow, undertaking a project on the intersection of Native America sovereignty and science. She is also the 2015 winner of the Write A House residency, a program for writers in Detroit. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Al Jazeera America, and other publications.

Serena Maria Daniels is the co-founder and editor of Tostada Magazine, an independent new media outlet that celebrates the rich culture of Metro Detroit’s food scene. Her food writing appears in NPR’s The Salt, Lucky Peach, Eater, Extra Crispy, the Metro Times and others. Her reporting on stories of global interest include coverage of the Flint water crisis, the Detroit bankruptcy, foreclosure epidemic, the Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. immigration policy, and the legacy of NAFTA. She is a 2017 Surdna Foundation-supported equitable cities reporting fellow for NextCity.org, a 2014 Ford Fellow at the International Center for Journalists and holds a bachelor’s in journalism from California State University, Northridge. Her favorite tacos come from back home in LA, she doesn’t believe in ketchup on hot dogs and prefers her pizza square.

The 2018 Season of Motor Signal is supported by a generous grant from The Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

Liana Aghajanian

Liana Aghajanian

Serena Maria Daniels

Serena Maria Daniels

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INK UP!
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

INK UP!

Come celebrate our 6th anniversary at our annual fundraiser, in the studio, in the store and in the street! Join us in an action-packed celebration event with you-print holiday cards, typewriter gamers, and steam-roller printing. This year, we welcome Third Man Records s as party co-hosts, featuring live music, rolling record store and DJ booth, rare recordings, printed ephemera and other goodies. Also featuring Finnished Framing, refreshments by Cairo Coffee and Lake Brothers Beer. Signal-Return is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization and all money raised go to support our innovative programming for the upcoming year.

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Lecture: "Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t" by Mindell Dubansky
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture: "Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t" by Mindell Dubansky

Detroit Institute of Arts Lecture Hall

Mindell Dubansky is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has worked as a conservator and Preservation Librarian for over 30 years, She is also a collector and is a long-time member of the Grolier Club. Dubansky has written extensively on the book arts, particularly in the areas of 19th century publisher’s bindings, hand papermaking, bookbinding and of course, the subject of this presentation, the history of book-shaped objects, or what she calls "blooks" 

Blook-objects have a prominent place in this reinvention of the role of the book. All over the world, for hundreds of years, people have been making, collecting and presenting book-objects that reflect their devotion and respect for books and for each other.  They have been treasured and passed down through the generations, and many thousands reside in private homes, public museums and libraries around the world. Blooks have been used to celebrate and memorialize important occasions and serve as reminders of memorable visits to important places, receptacles to hold valuable objects and are the source of great amusement.

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Eastern Market After Dark
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Eastern Market After Dark

Eastern Market After Dark returns as part of the seventh annual Detroit Design Festival on September 28th, 2017. Celebrate Detroit design as one of the nation’s oldest public farmers markets transforms into a creative district by night. We will be open along with more than 30 studios and galleries throughout the district. Sheds 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be open with interactive experiences, brand activations, designer spotlights, installations, and parties. 

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Motor Signal
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Motor Signal

Danielle McGuire

Bio

Danielle McGuire is an award-winning author and Associate Professor in the History Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is the recipient of the 2011 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the 2011 Lillian Smith Award.

Zilka Joseph

Bio

Zilka has been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Mantis, Kenyon Review Online, Quiddity, Review Americana, Gatronomica, Cutthroat, Rattle, The MacGuffin, The Paterson Literary Review, pacificREVIEW, Cheers To Muses: An Anthology of Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, and Uncommon Core: Poems for Living and Learning, a Neutral Zone Anthology.  

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