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SaveTheDate: Nov 8-9, 2013 Essence of #MotownLit Conf & Jam #Detroit | Give, Write & Network Books! #literary #literacy #michlit

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The Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference

November 8th –9th, 2013

 Various Locations, Detroit, Michigan

* most events are FREE to public

To celebrate the written word in Metro Detroit with every reader and writer around!

Detail Schedule of Events

November 8th, 2013 6pm – 10pm – Free to Public
(donation of 3 or more gently used books encouraged, for our book drive or min $4 for entry)

Location: SOURCE BOOKSELLERS, 4240 Cass Avenue, Ste. 105, Detroit, Michigan 48201

Networking, Poetry Performances, Comedy Show & More!

Hosted by EchoVerse, ReppinTheD &  MotownWriters

All ages can attend


November 9th, 2013 8am – 4pm

Location: Julian C. Madison Building LLC
1420 Washington Blvd · Detroit, Michigan

  • 8am Registration for Morning Workshops
  • 8:30 Keynote Speaker
  • 8:50 Workshops (2)
    • Write To Be Read| Write to Finish Facilitator TBA
    • Editing Essentials Facilitator: @TenitaJEditor
  • 9:50 Workshops (2)
    • Getting an Agent or Publisher Facilitator: Karen White Owens
    • Taking Book to Stage Facilitator: Octavia Lesley @detroitwriter71
  • 10:50 Workshops(2)
    • Social Media Made Simple – Stephanie Lewis @23_Exchange
    • 360Digital Publishing Symposium
  • 11:00 Poetry Symposium hosted by Aurora Harris
  • 11:30 Marketplace Opens
  • Noon – VIP Lunch for Morning Workshop Participants with speaker
  • 12:10 2013 Awesome Party Reunion & presentations
  • 12:30 Detroit Cares Presentation
  • 12:40 Too Blessed To Be Depressed Author Panel (Inspirations & Autobiographies)
  • 1:30 All Male Literacy Panel w/Questions & Answers
  • 3:15  Love Shouldn’t Cost A Thing (Romance Genre Panel)
    • Literary Voice Vendor Winner Announced
    • National Writers Union Presentation
  • 3:30 Potpourri of Different (SciFi, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novels & Comics)
  • 3:45 Telling A Good Story (Fiction Panel)

3:55 Kindle Winners (Must be present to win)


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Michigan Literary Network Blogtalk Radio~June 26, 2013

M L LieblerGuess who’s coming to Michigan Literary Network Blog talk radio today? Can’t guess? Well, I’ll tell you! We’ve got the awesome M. L. Liebler! Who is M. L. Liebler you ask? M.L. Leibler is an award-winning poet whose latest book is “Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream.” “Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream” is a collection of traveling poems written in Russia, Israel, Germany, and China that take the reader on a contemplative journey through both the geography of these countries and their cultures as well as through the inward mind of the narrator. As Liebler travels the world, he wrestles with themes of self-discovery, spirituality, identity, and change, and renders poems in his signature raw and defiant style. Thoughtful and direct, these poems look toward beauty and contemplation in a bitter world that has become fraught with mistrust and misunderstanding.

Want to know more about M. L. Liebler listen in today at 5:30pm. You can also check him out at

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Bill HarrisAt 5:45pm we’ve got the talented novelist, poet, professor, critic and a 2011 Kresge Arts in Detroit Eminent Artist fellow; Bill Harris. His latest work is “Booker T. & Them: A Blues.” In “Booker T. & Them: A Blues,” poet and playwright Bill Harris examines what he calls “the age of Booker T.” (1900–1915), when America began flexing its imperialistic muscles, D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation was released, and Thomas Edison’s many technological innovations set the tone for the United States to be viewed as the nation of the century.



You can also learn more about Bill Harris at his website:


Booker T & Them


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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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MANILA BAY CAFE–OPEN MIC POETRY Jan 18th wsg… #mwn #michlit #motownlit



  • Also, Save the Date for our 3rd Friday feature Ju Hall on January 18, 2013

We hope to see you performing under the Spotlight!

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MANILA BAY CAFE–OPEN MIC POETRY Jan 4th … #mwn #michlit #motown frm @onesinglerose


  • January 4, 2013–LaShaun Phoenix Moore
  • Also, Save the Date for our 3rd Friday feature Ju Hall on January 18, 2013

We hope to see you performing under the Spotlight!


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Rochester Writers’ Conference 2012 WRITING CONTEST via @talktravel Deadline December 31st! Enter Now! #michlit


Call for Entries in the Rochester Writers’ Conference 2012 Writing Contest!

Categories:  Poetry, Micro Fiction, and First Page

Prizes:  1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given to each category plus a best of show

Entry:  Entry to contest will begin on October 6, 2012

Deadline:  December 31, 2012



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ARTICLE: Plagiarism, Copyright, & Fair Use Irene Watson @BLOGGINGAUTHORS #mwn

Expert Author Irene Watson

You love a poem you saw on the Internet and want to quote it in your book. But is that plagiarism? You want to quote a passage in a book but you’re not sure whether you need to ask permission or not. What counts as fair use and when do you need permission to use a copyrighted work?

All the time I see people stealing from other people on the Internet by reposting their articles, stories, or photographs. Before you post anyone else’s information on your website or use it in your book, you need to get permission. Yes, there are such things as public domain and fair use, but it’s always best to be safe regardless. Before you decide to use something that belongs to someone else and risk angering that person and facing a potential lawsuit, ask yourself a few questions:

1. Do I really need this piece of information, poem, cartoon, or whatever it is? Will my book or website be okay without it?
2. Is this item in the public domain?
3. If it’s not in the public domain, can I use part of it under the fair use laws?
4. Can I rewrite or reword the work and then reprint it?
5. Is giving credit enough?

Let’s look at each of these questions in detail.

Do I really need this piece of information? Will my book or website be okay without it?

I can almost guarantee that in every situation the information, document, poem, cartoon, or whatever it is, is something you can do without. Why use someone else’s property to illustrate your own? Hire your own cartoonist, artist, or write your own poem. If you can’t do that, then look for one in the public domain. If you, however, absolutely want to include something that is copyrighted, then be prepared to pay for it. You will need to contact the owner or his or her heir for permission, and you will doubtless have to sign some sort of document promising you will only use it as you are given permission to do so. You will also usually have to pay to use it, especially if it is for commercial purposes, such as in a book you plan to sell, and you’ll usually pay dear for it-in the hundreds of dollars or more is not uncommon. At that price, do you really need to include it in your book or on your website?

Is this item in the public domain?

Just what constitutes public domain? It varies by country and by the kind of work it is. Today for authors, copyright in the United States is for life plus 70 years, so if I were to die tomorrow, it being the year 2012, anything I write would be copyrighted until 2082. However, copyright laws were less stringent in the past so some works may have shorter copyrights that have expired. As a rule, if an author or artist has been dead since 1941 or earlier, you’re probably safe, but it still never hurts to investigate. Furthermore, while an old work like “Don Quixote” may be in the public domain, that doesn’t mean a modern translation of it is.

What counts as fair use?

If a work is not in the public domain, a lot of the time you can still use a small part of it if appropriate, such as a quote or passage, usually not to exceed a page. That said, a short work like a poem cannot be used in its entirety despite its short length because you will be using the whole work, but you might be able to quote a verse or stanza from it. Even so, in such cases it is best to play it safe and ask for permission to quote from the work in your book or on your website. What constitutes fair use depends on many circumstances including: the purpose of its usage, whether it is commercial or charitable, whether the quote is used to promote the work such as in a book review, or whether your use of it will harm sales of someone else’s book because you provide too much information from it.

To go direct to the source, here is what the 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites as examples of fair use:

“quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author’s observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an event being reported.” (source: )

There are always fine lines that exist in using someone else’s work. Even if you are sure it falls under fair use laws, if it’s not in the public domain, it’s best to ask for permission to use the work, and if that seems impractical, it is always best to consult an attorney.

Can I rewrite or reword the work and then reprint it?

You may paraphrase a work by giving a summary of a basic idea, provided you give credit to the source, but you may never rewrite someone else’s work and pass it off as your own, or even as theirs when it is rewritten. And even when you paraphrase an idea, it is still someone else’s idea (intellectual property) so you must give credit where it is due.

Is giving credit enough?

No, it’s not enough to give credit. You need permission to reprint as well, unless as noted above, it is in the public domain. You must always give credit to the owner, whether it be an author, publication, artist, another website, etc. It is usually sufficient to state who is the original creator or copyright holder of the work. For a poem, provide the title and the author’s name. For a passage from a book, you can state, “George Smith states in his book ‘My Brilliant Ideas,’ that:” Depending on your own book or website, you may want to consult a style manual for how best to cite a source. “The Chicago Manual of Style” is the preferred style manual to use for most books, although others exist depending on the kind of book you are writing, such as the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association” (APA style) or the “Christian Writers Manual of Style.” If you do receive permission to reproduce copyrighted material, make sure you ask the owner how you are to cite that permission to reprint the work.

Always find out if a work is copyrighted and always give credit where it is due. Then you will avoid issues of fair use violation, copyright infringements, and plagiarism that can later come back to haunt you.

Irene Watson is the Managing Editor of Reader Views,, where avid readers can find reviews of recently published books as well as read interviews with authors. Her team also provides author publicity and a variety of other services specific to writing and publishing books.

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Motown Writers Network Poet Feature~ Alex Jones

As poetry month is coming to an end, but not our love for poetry; we’d like to invite you to meet Alex Jones, another of Detroit’s favorite poets!

Alex Jones holds a B.A. in English from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he won the first place prize in the Dudley Randall Poetry Contest for 2010. He went with a group of students to present their poems at the annual symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Additionally, he has been featured at various open mics around the city of Detroit, including the now-defunct Byte This Poetry Series and the Broadside Press Poets’ Theater. His poems have appeared in Detroit’s *Metro Times* newspaper as well as in *[sic]*, the student literary journal at UDM.

5 Questions with Alex…

What is it like being a poet in Detroit?

Well… let’s break that question down a bit. First: What’s it like being a poet? Being a poet means that you observe. You feel. You take in
everything, distill it to its essence, and then fire it back at people. At least, that’s my take. Detroit is a place that is like a mountain or a
cliffside. It can be absolutely beautiful, but it’s certainly not without its rough edges and pitfalls that can do quite a bit of damage to you if
you’re not careful. It has strong light and dark sides. Being a poet in Detroit, then, means that you’re never without inspiration for too long, I
guess. This is an incredible, unique place. If there isn’t something that can agitate your heart and move your pen here, I’d start checking your

Do you remember the first time that you read one of your poems? If so, what was that like?

I don’t know. I remember the first time I didn’t read one of my poems. It was 6th grade and we had to write a poem for class and the teacher wanted us to read them in front of the class. Well, I wrote mine about a girl that I really liked and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by reading it in front of the class because I was pretty sure she didn’t like me back. I asked him if I could get away with not reading it and he said sure. If I had to guess, the first time I read one of my own poems aloud would have been in my creative writing class freshman year of college. But it must not have left much of an impression if I don’t recall it clearly.

If you could have lunch with any poet in the world dear or alive, who would it be?

Shakespeare. I don’t know how much people realize this, but he added tons of words to the language that just completely didn’t exist before. I want to see what it took to do that. I want to see what kind of man could do that. That sort of fiercely creative spirit might be something that we
should all strive toward. Not that we need to make more words, I mean, but that we should all strive to create something that has a lasting impact. It’d be nice to get tips from the master on that.

What is your favorite type of poetry?

My favorite type of poetry is the poetry that makes you feel something intensely, whether it’s overwhelming unease from a poem that does an
incredible job of painting a picture, a narrative poem that makes me want to march in the streets, or a poem that manages to almost make me pee myself from laughing so hard. As long as it makes me feel something strongly, I like it. Ideally, it’d be well-crafted in addition to being

What inspires you to write poetry?

There’s a line from the Dudley Randall poem “A Poet is Not a Jukebox” that pretty much summarizes it for me. It’s “A poet writes about what he feels, what agitates his heart and sets his pen in motion.” It explains why some days, even though I don’t want to think about certain old relationships anymore, all I can do is scribble about them. Or why no matter how much I try to temper my temper when it comes to certain things, all I can write is anger. That’s not to say that one shouldn’t try to corral their writing when it comes time to refine or edit, though. But those moments where you just have to pick up a pen and put it to paper or else you won’t be able to get to sleep? That’s what the quote is for me. That’s usually what gets me writing.



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[PODCAST: ] #MichLit Radio Show wg/Poets A Dub

Listen in now at #BlogTalkRadio


Guest summary: Alex “A Dub” White is a spoken word artist whose passion and musicality with words demands his audiences’ attention. Today he’s here to talk about his debut book, For What It’s Worth.

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Motown Book Club feature ~Andrea Daniel, Follow her around the city #MWN

Motown Writers Network Meet Up
Sat. 4/14, 10 a.m.
Barnes & Noble on Cass & Warren

Read Aloud to Me Series
Th. 4/19, 5:30 p.m.
Source Booksellers
4201 Cass Ave.

La Shaun phoenix Moore Presents The Summer Soundtrack
Sat. June 30, 8 p.m.
Tangent Gallery
715 E. Milwaukee

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Poet Spotlight~Caesar Torreano

Caesar TorreanoCaesar Torreano believes poetry is a beautiful vessel of expression. He chose the name  “Caesar” because it means King and fearless leader in Greek. Approximately 2 1/2 years ago, Caesar started his poetic journey and “spit” for the first time at Cliff Belles. Caesar is fondly known as “a venue junky” because he enjoys going to two to three venues in one night. He is extremely diverse in his poetic writing.  His poetry ranges from social injustices/conscious topics, love, and erotica. Caesar is the host at Nandi’s Knowledge Café in Highland Park and will soon celebrate his one year anniversary. In addition, he is a 38-year-old father of five beautiful children and repair computers in his spare time.

Questions with Caesar…

What fuels you to write poetry?

My life experiences and every day encounters fuels me to write poetry.

Do you remember when you wrote your first poem? 

I remember writing my first poem in the 7th grade at Durfee  Middle School for an extra credit assignment in English.

How would you describe your poetry?

Poetry is a learning experience for me therefore trying to  describe my poetry is hard because it covers a wide range of  emotions, it is raw, comes straight from my heart and authentic.

 Who are some of your favorite poets?

I have too many favorite poets to name them all but a few of my favorite local poets are LaShaun Phoenix Kotaran, Kevlaar, Claretha  Peace Robinson, Omari Barksdale and Chace “Mic Write” Morris. Also  one of my non local favorite poets is Rudy Francisco from California.


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PODCAST: #MichLit Show w/Poets @tmillerpoetry & Honeycomb!


1. Guest:  Tawana Honeycomb Petty        

Interview time: 5:30

Guest summary: Tawana Honeycomb Petty is a poet, activist, and host of Guerrilla Nights poetry series. Her book is Introducing Honeycomb.


Guest bio:

Tawana Petty, a mother, poet, author and activist is best known as “Honeycomb” on stage. She has been featured at many prestigious events, including but not limited to the 1st Annual Focus Hope Black Marriage Day Celebration, the International Black Expo, the 2008 Ribs n Soul Festival in Detroit, the 175th Annual Emancipation Day Festival in Canada, the 2008 Literary Arts Gala at The Charles H. Wright Museum, the 2010 African World Festival and at Lakeshore Economic Coalition Celebrating 10 Years of Freedom with Yusef Bunchy Shakur & Friends: “Granting the Formerly Incarcerated A Second Chance”. Hosted by Reggie Reg Davis, with Keynote Address by Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee.


Honeycomb has also performed at the 1st Annual I Am Woman Expo, opened for HBO/BET’s Punany Poets, was the featured artist at Wayne State University’s “A Tribute to Harlem” Showcase and performed at MTV’s Quest Mcody’s “Quest for A Cure” event, just to name a few. She has been a spotlighted poet on AM 1440, FM 107.5, The Writer’s Block on, Comcast channel 20’s Mix’n It Up with Barry Ross as well as Dr. John Telford’s show. Honeycomb has also been a featured speaker and is a regular guest on Dave Marsh’s national program the “Land of Hopes and Dreams” radio program on channel 127 on SiriusXm Satellite and is the former co-host of Poetic Vibrations radio program on 88.1 FM. Honeycomb has also been the featured artist at venues in and outside of the City of Detroit, including but not limited to the Artist Village, L!V Resto Lounge, They Say, The Key Club, The Upper Room and The Legendary Cliff Bells and Bakers Keyboard Lounge. She is the current host of Guerrilla Nights weekly poetry open mic series, held every Saturday evening  at the Urban Network Cyber Café located at 5740 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48208.


2. Guest:         T. Miller

Guest summary: T. Miller is a writer, performance poet, author, publisher, activist, producer, actress and motivational speaker.

Guest bio:

Natasha Miller is the voice of wounds exposed, and the healing balm of poetry applied to the human spirit. The passionate 26 year-old Detroit, MI native is a writer, performance poet, author, publisher dedicated activist, producer, actress and an aspiring motivational speaker. Since her debut, just over four years ago, Natasha has proven to be a poetical powerhouse. After one year on the performance circuit, in 2007, she was crowned Detroit Poetry Slam team’s Grand Slam Champion, and has been a member of four National Poetry Slam teams. She has also been a Women of The World Poetry Slam top five finalist three out of the last four years once ranking as high as the third female slam poet in the World. Natasha continued her impressive record by leading and coaching her own slam team to a championship at the 2010 Midwest Rustbelt Poetry Slam, where she also came out ranking #2 overall in the individual competition.


Natasha has awed audiences across the country at universities, festivals and numerous venues including slams and shows like the famous Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, Vancouver Poetry slam, Seattle poetry slam, Girl Fest Hawaii and Chicago’s Green Mill. She has premiered on stages with celebrity actors and comedians Oscar award winning Mo’nique, Star of the movie “Paper Hearts” Charlyne Yi, Brandon T. Jackson, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, legendary poet Jessica Care Moore, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, and many more. Mo’Nique, impressed, personally invited Natasha to feature on her radio show.  In 2010, she starred in a national commercial campaign for Sprite. In the same year, she released her solo spoken word album “Poetry for Change,” and featured in the stage play “The Revolution’s In The Ladies Room” produced by Jessica care Moore.


Natasha is currently ranked as the number 5 female slam poet in the World. She now produces the popular “Its Not About You” Poetry Slam Series. Recently she started her own publishing company “All I Wanna Say Publishing”, in 2010 she published her first book of quotes “Dreams Of A Beginner”, and in 2011 she published her second book “Coming Out of Nowhere” a Social Networking Memoir that allows readers to mentally and emotionally “log-in” to their favorite websites (Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube) and view the opinions of others on love, hate, suicide, tragedy, politics, religion, cyber-bullying, entertainment, mental illness, freedom of choice, homophobia, and all other things surrounding homosexuality by simply turning a page. She is currently working with popular video director Erica D Hayes on a documentary that focuses on prostitution and placement in the transgendered community. Natasha uses her words to enlighten, create equality, imbue life, and most importantly spread love and peace in the tradition of great leaders before her.



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