Soak up some writing smarts on Midtown Literary Walk

By Susan Whitall
The Detroit News

Saturday afternoon is a great time for strolling around Midtown Detroit, and literary avatar M.L. Liebler has several literary destinations mapped out for you at the third annual Midtown Literary Walk, which takes place at four picturesque Midtown Detroit locations, including the garden at the Whitney restaurant and the Socra Tea teahouse.

Readers and fans can enjoy presentations at each location by several writers, including novelist Charles Baxter ("The Soul Thief," "The Feast of Love") Lisa Lenzo (her story story collection "Within the Lighted City" won the 1997 John Simmons Short Fiction Award) and Detroit poet laureate Naomi Long Madgett.

The walk ends with an open mic jam session at Hannan House featuring Liebler and the Good Shepherd Poetry Band. All events are free, and books are available for purchase from the Book Beat bookstore.

2014 Midtown Literary Walk


Hosted by M.L. Liebler and Carole Harris.

Noon: Poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, poet/short story writer Stuart Dybek and poet Judith Roche at Hannan House, 4750 Woodward.

1 p.m.: Poet Adrian Mantjka, Detroit poet laureate and 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist award winner Naomi Long Madgett and automotive engineer turned poet Christine Rein at N'Namdi's Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E. Forest.

2 p.m.: Poet/hip-hop artist Walter "The Soul" Lacy, novelist Peter Markus and short story writer/essayist Lisa Lenzo at Socra Tea Teahouse and Gallery, 71 Garfield, Suite 50.

3 p.m.: Novelist Charles Baxter and author/professor Melba Joyce Boyd at the Whitney Garden (behind the restaurant), 4421 Woodward.

4 p.m.: Community Open Mic with performance poet Ann Holdreith as host, and M L. Liebler and the Good Shepherd Poetry Band as the house band, at the Hannan House, 4750 Woodward.