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.