Posts Tagged ‘Fighters & Writers’

John G. Rodwan, Jr. reading from Fighters & Writers as well as his chapbook Christmas Things at The Scarab Club in Detroit, MI on March 31, 2012.

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He is probably best known for his intelligent and humorous essays dealing with everything from boxing, writing, music, holiday bashing, losing weight and critical thoughts on other authors but John G. Rodwan, Jr., also has a poetic side to his nonfiction brain.  The forthcoming edition of the Chaffey Review will contain three of his excellent poems, “A Visit to Gleason’s Gym,” “How to Be Invisible,” and “Sweep,” which of course focus on boxing and writing.  You can read more of John’s work at his blog Rodwan Writes by following this link http://rodwanwrites.wordpress.com/ or pick a copy of his collection of essays Fighters & Writers available at Amazon.com

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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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The Fighter Still Remains

Poetry and boxing came together again on the Fourth of July. John was asked by the good people at Our Story Inc. to be a part of the Johnson-Jeffries Centennial Celebration in Reno, Nevada. The Lane brothers and Our Story Inc. organized events for Independence Day weekend and throughout the month of July. John delivered a talk called “Jack Johnson’s Fourth of July” at the Bethel African American Cultural Center on July 3, after which he signed copies of Fighters & Writers. George Kimball, author of Four Kings, also spoke. Kimball, along with John Schulian, edited a wonderful collection of poetry and song lyrics The Fighter Still Remains: A Celebration of Boxing in Poetry and Song from Ali to Zevon. All profits from the anthology are to go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation benefiting Project Medishare for Haitian Earthquake Relief. After I purchased a copy of the book I discovered that the editors included Muhammad Ali’s “The World’s Shortest Poem” that we had included on our post about our documentary No Neutral Corner being an official selection in the 2010 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival that is taking play the weekend of July 10th. – NJR

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