Posts Tagged With: April

Support Literacy Efforts for #MWN by purchasing a tix 4stageplay WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE now!

Last Day 2Help Literacy Efforts COMING SOON for the #MWN: Purchase Your Tix 4What You Won’t Do For Love stageplay NOW!

Big Girl Ideas presents the hilarious stage play What You Won’t Do for Love. In an effort to support literacy, for the entire month of April, a $5 donation from each ticket purchased by Motown Writers Network members or anyone using the code word ‘Motown’ will be donated toward Sylvia Hubbard’s annual Essence of Motown Writers Conference in November.  For additional information, tickets, and vending opportunities, contact Octavia “TheWriter” Lesley at (313) 727-1011. Let’s get together and support the arts, Sylvia, and the great writers of Detroit.
 If you don’t see a way to buy tickets on this page for the play, it’s after April 30, 2013 and the literary contribution window has close. You must go to Please don’t let that discourage you from coming out and seeing a great play by a wonderful local playwright, Octavia Lesley (@detroitwriter71)
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

A hilarious dramady about parenting, forgiveness and dreams. Starring recording artist Paul Johnson Jr., film actor, Gregory Alford and introducing ms. Keisha Shelton with a great supporting cast.

The International Institute
111 E Kirby ( at John R) Detroit, mi 48202

3:00 MATINEE ($15) 7:30 EVENING ($20)

doors open an hour before the show.

Tickets are also available at God’s World, Baker’s Bible Bookstore & Shantiniques and by calling 3137271011

Ask us about group sales and vendor opportunities. please visit our website: and ‘like’ them on Facebook (Big Girl Ideas).

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you there!


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Michigan Literary Network Blogtalk Radio~April 17, 2013

AndiIn an effort to support poetry month, check out Andrea Daniel today at 5:30 on Michigan Literary Network Blogtalk radio as she interviews Charles Madigan. Charles is a poet and coordinates the Oakwood Healthcare Creative Writing Program. Later on at 5:45 Andrea will interview Ann Holdreith another Detroit area poet who facilitates a number of poetry workshops. For more information about Ann check out her website at

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News from @LiteraryDetroit Bookswap coming in April #detroit #motownlit #mwn #michlit

LiteraryDetroitLiterary Detroit is happy to announce the debut event: a two-day Book Swap at Cafe 1923 Coffeehouse: 3-6pm on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.

For every book you bring, you get to take another book home. Plus, we’ve got some participatory poetry and storytelling up our sleeve…

More to come.

Get updates at their facebook page at:


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Motown Writers Network Poet Feature~ David Blair

David BlairAs the Motown Writers Network feature poets this April, we cannot forget about one of Detroit’s greatest poets, David Blair.  David Blair was an award-winning, multi-faceted artist: singer-songwriter, poet, writer, performer, musician, community activist and teacher. Born Sept. 19, 1967, he grew up in Newton, N.J., but called Detroit his adopted home. Blair performed all over the world and has friends on almost every continent. Blair’s work and life leave an indelible impression on the Detroit community as well as all of the communities he touched.

A 2010 Callaloo Fellow and a National Poetry Slam Champion, Blair’s first book of poetry, Moonwalking, was recently released by Penmanship Books. Blair, as a solo artist, and with The Urban Folk Collective, self-released more than seven records in the last ten years. His most recent album, The Line, with his band The Boyfriends, was released in 2010 on Repeatable Silence Records.

He was nominated for seven Detroit Music Awards, including a 2007 nod for Outstanding Acoustic Artist. He was named Real Detroit Weekly Readers Poll’s Best Solo Artist and The Metro Times Best Urban Folk Poet. In 2007, he also won the Seattle-based BENT Writing Institute Mentor Award. As well as being the recipient of numerous awards, he taught classes and lectured on poetry and music in Detroit Public Schools, The Ruth Ellis Center, Hannan House Senior Center, the YMCA of Detroit, and at various universities, colleges and high schools across the country.

For more information about the life of David Blair go to


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