BANNED BOOKS: POETRY READING

Wednesday, September 28, 7-9pm

Sometimes it's not just the book that gets banned but the author. Federico García Lorca was shot for his work; Osip Mandelstam was exiled for his poetry, Liu Xiaobo, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, has been unable to collect his award because he's serving an eleven year prison term. In this collaborative reading with Versal and Structo Magazine, Matthew Sadler, Matthew Landrum, and Casey Rocheteau will be reading work by and about poets who have been imprisoned, exiled, and executed for their writing.

Our evening’s poets:

Casey Rocheteau is the winner of the inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014. Casey has attended the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. Rocheteau is a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and editor-in-chief at Kinfolks Quarterly and Heart Online Journal. Rocheteau’s second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press (2016).

Matthew Landrum is translation editor of Structo Magazine. His poems and translations have recently appeared in Agni, Michigan Quarterly Review, Image, and The Baltimore Review. His chapbook, The Lonesome Savior -- translations from the Faroese of Agnar Artúvertin, was published by Cold Hub Press in 2015. He teaches literature at Aim High School in Farmington Hills.

Matt Sadler is the author of The Much Love Sad Dawg Trio (March Street) and Tiny Tsunami (Flying Guillotine Press).  His poetry, prose and fiction have appeared in the Indiana Review, Diagram, Tarpaulin Sky, The Collagist, Metrotimes, and many other publications. He is currently Poetry Editor at Versal magazine, and he teaches writing and film at Detroit Country Day School.

This programming is made possible with the support of the Michigan Humanities Council

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