Archive for February, 2012

Walking toward Solstice, a new collection of poems by Anca Vlasopolos, will be launched locally at the Scarab Club on March 31st at 2:00 pm. Joining her in reading at the historic arts venue next to the Detroit Institute of Art will be Patricia Abbott, author of Monkey Justice and Other Stories Caroline Maun, author of The Sleeping and John G. Rodwan, Jr. reading from either Fighters & Writers or Christmas Things – or perhaps both. Olivia Ambrogio, who supplied photos for Walking toward Solstice (which has the same publisher as John’s essay collection), will also attend what should be a lively literary afternoon.

Here are the crucial details.

What: Book launch and multiple-author reading

Where: The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


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From the film Puppet

The Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) screened David Soll’s documentary film Puppet, which looks at the strange history of puppetry in America from being essentially just for children to today, when you will find puppets on stage at the Met. The film also takes an intimate look at Dan Hurlin, a New York artist, as he embarks on a new project after his previous one closed due to a nasty New York Times review. Soll’s camera captures Hurlin in the midst of creating a work about the last week of the life of the eccentric, Depression-era portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer and stays with Hurlin until the close of the New York run of the production.  The film is filled with beautiful images of the puppet and the complicated, breath-taking production.  Follow this link to hear David Soll talk about his film.

The screening of Puppet is just one of the many puppet-related happenings at the DIA.  In the lecture hall on Friday, February 17th at 8:00 PM, Under the Poppy, a short puppet performance for adults based on Kathe Koja’s novel of the same title, is featured.  In addition to puppets the performance includes projections and live actors.  The same weekend at the DIA Underground Railroad, Not a Subway will be performed by puppeteer Schroeder Cherry on Sunday the 19th at 2:00.  The story is of a young boy who decides to run north and escape slavery. He encounters free blacks, whites who are willing to help, and slave catchers.

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You may think that the Poetry In Pictures Series has been a little wind obsessed lately.  Before working on the film based on Charles Goodrich’s poem “The Wind in Trees” I wrote a poem titled “Wind” which I just learned the editors of The San Pedro River Review are planning to publish in their Fall 2012 issue!

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