Dr. Renee Horowitz

The Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Thursday, February 21, 7pm


The Art of Seduction: An Evening of Sexual Innuendo, Art and Song

Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Dr. Renee Horowitz, Detroit's Sexual Health & Wellness Expert with Diane DeCillis and Shayla Hawkins.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by Springfed Arts and free to members. $5 donations accepted. Suggested for adults only.

Whether you have been the seducer or the seduced, you are invited to a stimulating evening that will weave together the alluring elements of music, art, literature and medicine.

Dr. Renee Horowitz, founder of the Center for Sexual Wellness in Farmington Hills will be the featured speaker. "An evening talking about sex and seduction in the engaging atmosphere of the Lido Gallery promises to be not only a lot of fun, but thought provoking as well," said Dr. Renee Horowitz, who has been a respected obstetrician and gynecologist in metro Detroit for over 25 years. She is a frequent contributor to television and radio programs and has been quoted in Good Housekeeping, Esquire and Metro You magazines.

Diane Shipley DeCillis' poetry and stories have appeared in CAYLX, The North Atlantic Review Nimrod International Journal, Connecticut Review, Gastronomica, Slipstream, The Southern Indiana Review, and numerous other journals. She's been awarded the Crucible Poetry Prize, MacGuffin National Poet Hunt, and Ocean Prize. Her poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and for Best American Poetry. She is currently studying food journalism with New York Times food writer and author Molly O'Neill.

Shayla Hawkins has won The Caribbean Writer's 2008 Canute A. Brodhurst Prize in Short Fiction. She has published poetry, interviews, book reviews and essays in, among other publications, Windsor Review, Carolina Quarterly, Yemassee, Poets & Writers Magazine, and The Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. In her book Carambola, a collection of poems, she explores the secret pathways of love--familial, physical and spiritual. Hawkins employs blues, bop, ekphrasis, free verse, haiku, sequence, sonnet, and other poetic forms. Charles Johnson, University of Washington professor emeritus and MacArthur "Genius" Grant Recipient says this about Ms. Hawkins, "Deliciously sensuous, smart, sometimes funny but always precise, aesthetically diverse, vivid, and luminous with the life of the spirit yet also palpable with the flesh of the world, these poems in Carambola are beautiful gifts of language and the imagination."


The Language of Paradox:
Creating Conflict and Tension in Poetry
with Diane Shipley DeCillis

Saturday, February 9, 2013
at the Troy Community Center
2:00- 4:00 p.m. (Check-in at 2:00)

Workshop begins promptly at 2:15
$25 per person Registration Required!

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About the Workshop

One of the challenges of poetry is how to dig in, get beyond the surface.

Some call it taking it to the lower level. There are many ways to achieve this, including the use of paradox, contradicting the truth of the poem through its opposite.

The word "paradox" literally means "beyond-belief." In poetry, paradox can change the focus of a word or situation beyond what it first appears to be and create new meaning. Through unlikely comparisons, oxymoron or metaphor one can create what literary critic, Cleanth Brooks calls, "a richer, deeper, and more tough-minded poetry."

This workshop will provide tools for all levels, from new to advanced. Diane will introduce a new form, and provide examples and writing starts to inspire us to dig deeper.

Please bring one line from a poem by any author of your choosing. One that you find engaging, inspiring, or simply well written.

About Detroit Working Writers

On June 5, 1900, 13 professional women journalists and literary writers established the Detroit Press Club, the first organization of its kind in the city. From 1914 to 1966, the group was known as the Detroit Women Writer's Club, and from 1966 to 2004, as Detroit Women Writers.

Today known as Detroit Working Writers, members are both men and women writing and publishing in a variety of genres and through traditional and non-traditional media. Past and current members include Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Guest, Naomi Long Madgett, Gloria Whelan, Ellyce Field, J. Alicia Elster, Margaret Hillert, Ruth Ryan Langan, Elizabeth Buzzelli, and more.

About Diane Shipley DeCillis

Diane Shipley DeCillis' poetry and stories have appeared in CAYLX, Evansville Review, Nimrod International Journal, Connecticut Review, Gastronomica, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, Gargoyle, Gastronomica, A Gathering of Tribes, Rattle, Slipstream, The Southern Indiana Review, The William and Mary Review, and numerous other journals. She's been awarded the Crucible Poetry Prize, MacGuffin National Poet Hunt, and Ocean Prize. Her poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and for Best American Poetry. She's co-editor, with Mary Jo Firth Gillett, of Mona Poetica, an anthology of poetry on the Mona Lisa (Mayapple Press).


Douglas La Ferle: Paintings

Extended Through January, 2013

Beautifully rendered with a nod to the glamour and toughness of the 20's, 30's and 40's, Douglas La Ferle combines his ample artistic talent with humor and nostalgia. His paintings, such as "Fun 4 the Whole Family," featuring a Rockwell style family posing with BB guns, to the prohibition era style group portrait, "Don't Tread on Me," tell a story with wit and charm. Often inspired by old photos, La Ferle says," I try to capture that strange pose or facial expression that attracted me to the photo."

LaFerle has been chosen to show his work in several juried exhibitions, including Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, and the ArtPrize Competition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This is his first one-man show.

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Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 7PM

Hosted by John D. Lamb and featuring Caedra Scott-Flaherty, Michelle Regalado Deatrick, Penny Hackett-Evans, Nina Orlovskaya, Ryndee Carney and music from Sin Hielo (Sean Blackman & Wayne Gerard).

Caedra Scott-Flaherty grew up in Rochester, New York. She received a B.A. in American Civilizations from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. She is the recipient of the RRofihe Trophy Award for short fiction, and was awarded an artist residency at Millay Colony for the Arts. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including One Story, New England Review, and Open City. She currently lives in the Detroit area with her husband and dog-like cat where she is at work on a novel and collection of stories in a room filled with pig-like objects.

Michelle Regalado Deatrick lives on eighty glacier-sculpted acres of orchard, farm and native prairie in Superior Township. Recipient of the 2012 Chautauqua Poetry Prize and several other awards, Michelle holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. She’s been a fellow at Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony; her work has appeared or is forthcoming in subTerrain, American Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, Best New American Voices and other publications. Michelle teaches poetry workshops for the University of Michigan’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

Penny Hackett-Evans is a poet with interests in drawing, altered books and singing. After attending MSU, EMU and University of Detroit, Penny became an ordained minister. She worked as a Domestic Violence Trainer and as Community Education Specialist for H.A.V.E.N. in the mid-nineties. She writes, “When Billy Collins was Poet Laureate I heard him say that everyone should write a poem a day. I began that very day and wrote a poem a day for 5 years. I have slowed my pace – but do find great joy in writing. The process causes me to look at the world more closely. To hone my craft, I have studied with the “three M’s” – Mary Ann Wehler, Margot LaGatutta and Mary Jo Firth Gillette. I am now studying with Lucinda Sabino and am delighted to read at the Lido in January!”

Nina K. Orlovskaya was born in Ukraine and emigrated to the United States at age 30. Then she learned to speak English and went to Oakland University at age of 40. At 45, she graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing. She is “ two times mother and two times grandmother.” Currently, Nina is a part time business owner and full time poet. Nina joined Springfed Arts as a member last year. She attended Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs. While most attendees sang and wrote songs, Nina wrote and read her poetry. Her voice was well-received and added fine flavor to the creative weekend.

Ryndee Carney is a part-time poet, a full-time corporate public relations executive and a wanna-be concert pianist. A member of Springfed Arts, she is a former student of Mary Jo Firth-Gillett and Cathy Colman, a Los Angeles-based poet. Her work has appeared in The MacGuffin. A native Hoosier, she has also lived in Cleveland, L.A., and for the last 15 years, in Birmingham where she resides with her husband and two Japanese Bobtail cats. She holds a B.A. in English from Hanover College.

Sin Hielo is a new musical project with Wayne Gerard & Sean Blackman. The band is based in Detroit, and has created a new sound of Latin/jazz/rock. Blackman is a powerful, acoustic nylon-string world music guitarist. Gerard is an electric guitarist jazz virtuoso. Blackman took world music, a not-so-mainstream genre, and introduced it to the masses of Michigan. Electric guitarist Gerard is an in-demand recording artist – with his ear to the ground in all new musical genres. Sin Hielo’s musicianship impresses tough, seasoned jazz critics, jam band fans, world music lovers, creatives and urban crowds - not an easy task! The band's Spanish name translates to Without Ice.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Thursday, November 29, 7PM

Hosted by John D. Lamb with writer Keith Hood, Terrence Daryl Shulman,founder of C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous) & Don “Doop” Duprie, songwriter/Kresge Fellow.


Keith Hood's short fiction has been published in Blue Mesa Review and Quick Fiction. He is also former editor of Orchid: A Literary Review a fiction journal with a too short six-issue life span. His photography has been published in Ontario Review and been exhibited in juried shows at the Michigan Photography Exhibit and the Toledo Museum of Art. Keith also serves on the board of directors of 826 Michigan, a nonprofit writing center designed to help students aged 6-18 develop their writing skills. Keith completed a two-week residency at the Ragdale Artists Colony where he spent the time working a short story collection set, mostly in the city of Detroit.


Terrence Daryl Shulman completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan in 1987. He graduated from The Detroit College of Law in 1991 and has been an attorney-at-law since 1992 specializing in mental health law and criminal defense work. Since 1997 he has been a full-time certified social worker and addictions therapist. Shulman is the Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding in metro-Detroit. He counsels clients in person and by phone. He has authored four recovery books: “Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery” (2003), “Biting The Hand That Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic” (2005), “Bought Out and $pent! Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending” (2008), and “Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding” (2011). Shulman was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004. Since March 1990 Shulman has been in recovery from addictive-compulsive shoplifting and stealing. He is the founder of C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous) which has support groups in the metro-Detroit area and across the U.S.


Don “Doop” Duprie is the front man for the Detroit area alt-country/roots rock band Doop and the Inside Outlaws. Doop is also a laid off firefighter born and raised in industrial River Rouge, Michigan. Deep working class roots echo throughout his music. He teamed up with legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes) to record his albums “Blood River,” “Everett Belcher” and now “What am I supposed to do?” The albums made the Top Ten List in Metro Times and AmericanRoots.com. “Everett Belcher” won the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Country Recording” and was named “Album of the Day” by Country Music Pride’s podcast American Daily. Doop’s music has been featured on the American Public Media radio show “The Story,” the award-winning podcast Digivegas.com and the #1 Americana podcast, “Americana Root Roundtable” on NoDepression.com. Doop has been named a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow. The program recognizes Detroit area performing artists for their “creative vision and commitment to excellence.”

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Thursday, October 4, 7PM

Hosted by John D. Lamb with poet Ken Meisel, writers Jeanine Matlow, Hilary Harper, Steven Gulvezan, and songwriter Kevin Meisel.

Ken Meisel is a 2012 Kresge Arts Fellow. Also a psychotherapist from Detroit, Meisel is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “Beautiful Rust” (Bottom Dog Press, 2009). Much of his work comes from studying how pain becomes healing, and healing becomes hope. Being Irish, Meisel believes that pain and joy walk as travel companions, and that there is no escape from what we must witness and communicate to one another.

Jeanine Matlow is an interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about design. She is a regular contributor to a number of national and regional publications, such as Ambassador, StyleLine, Home by Design and Metro You. Her weekly column, Smart Solutions, appears in the Homestyle section of The Detroit News.

Hilary Harper is a new memoir instructor for Springfed Arts. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Harper recently completed a memoir about the search for her father and has published short fiction in the literary journals Convergence and Toasted Cheese. Hilary has served as the curator of writing programs at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, and her essays have appeared in the Grand Rapids Press.

Steven Gulvezan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University and has worked as a journalist and library director. Jim Daniels says, “Steven Gulvezan’s The Dogs of Paris wakes up the ghost of Charles Bukowski and offers him a stiff drink. This (poetry) collection is full of wicked humor and a vision skewed to show the absurdities of our daily lives."

Kevin Meisel, born the son of a big band musician (and brother of poet Ken), raised in Detroit, went to New York City for painting but slipped into the subways to play his guitar and sing to commuters. His first gigs were underground. Painting was replaced with songwriting and Meisel gravitated to the music scene in Ann Arbor, forming acoustic and electric bands with his other brother Keith. There, he began to forge his artistic identity playing gigs at the Gypsy Cafe, the Blind Pig, and The Ark. Meisel signed with the Swiss label Brambus Records and released Country Lines and followed with Cruising for Paradise. In 2011 he released Black Orchard Songs. After touring Switzerland, Germany and Austria, Meisel earned a loyal following in Europe. Meisel’s themes chronicle the human spirit and its wanderings toward deceptions and truth.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Off the Page Onto the Stage:
Gary Grimshaw & Leni Sinclair Book Release Party with
M. L. Liebler & Coyote Monk Poetry Band

Friday, September 28, 7PM

Join us to celebrate the release of DETROIT ROCKS! A Pictorial History of Detroit Rock and Roll by Gary Grimshaw and Leni Sinclair, with a special performance by ML Liebler & Coyote Monk Poetry Band featuring Grammy Winning Eminem Producer and Bassist Steve King, The Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola, Frankie the K on they keys, Eddie Baranek from The Sights and from The Dangerous Diane Band and 54 Sound drummer Leonard Johnson.

DETROIT ROCKS! features the best of Gary's artwork and Leni's photographs from 1965 to 1975, including many never-before or rarely seen photos and much of Gary's artwork that hasn't been seen in the past 30 or 40 years. Besides Gary's better-known Grande Ballroom posters, it includes many designs for flyers, book, magazine and LP covers, bumper stickers, business cards and much more.

A very limited number of softcover edition books will be available for purchase.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Friday, September 14, 7PM

A Salute to Mary Jo Firth Gillett

Mary Jo Firth Gillett has long been the Advanced Poetry Workshop instructor for Springfed Arts. She retired this year just in time to become a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow. We congratulate her and thank her for fostering so many poets and poems.

Mary Jo Firth Gillett's collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her three award-winning chapbooks are Chandeliers of Fish, Tiger in a Hairnet, and Not One.

Her poems have appeared in The Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Third Coast and Green Mountains Review, among other journals. She has won the NY Open Voice Award, a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

We will enjoy one poem each from:
Mary Butler, Ama Carey Barr, Maria Costantini, Diane DeCillis, Diane Dickinson, Anne Doran, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Penny Hackett-Evans, Karin Hoffecker, Nadia Ibrashi, Sara Lamers, Mary Minock, Alexander Morgan, Christine Rhein, Sophia Rivkin, Lucinda Sabino, Mary Schmitt, Susan Sheiner, Kathleen Walsh Spencer, Kristine Uyeda, Rebecca Vlasic, Liz Volpe, Carol Was, Sondra Willobee and D'Anne Witkowski.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Finding your Voice: An intimate evening with award-winning song artist, Jill Jack

Thursday, August 23, 7PM

By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill Jack touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. Since 1997 she¹s won 33 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It¹s simply called connecting, and it¹s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes.

Join us for an inspirational "open conversation" and share your voice with Jill's. Whether you're an artist, homemaker, or entrepreneur, we'll explore the connections and challenges that not only make us who we are, but also who we can be.

This special up close and personal evening will be filmed by ten-time Michigan Emmy producer Keith Famie for a 2013 film called "Live Like There's No Tomorrow: The Jill Jack Story."

The film will premier in 2013 at a special benefit that will support the Michigan Arthritis Foundation and The Detroit Children's Choir.

To view a trailer for this film visit www.v-prod.com and click on the Live Like There's No Tomorrow link.

Please be prepared to sign a release giving your permission to be filmed for this documentary.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Wednesday, August 8, 7PM

Finalists of the 2012 Springfed Arts Writing Contest read their winning entries. Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Christine Rhein, Randy Schwartz, Jon Zech, Lori Eaton, Jenifer DeBellis, Linda Sienkiewicz, Lucinda Sabino, Mary Schmitt.

Christine Rhein is the 1st place poetry winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. She is the author of Wild Flight (Walt McDonald First Book Prize in Poetry, Texas Tech University Press, 2008). She is a former mechanical engineer in the automotive industry. Her work has appeared in journals including The Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Southern Review and has been selected for Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Best New Poets, and Garrison Keillor read a Christine Rhein poem on The Writer’s Almanac. One of Christine's poems, "Wren's Nest in a Saguaro," plays in the acoustic chairs at the South Mountain Community Library in Phoenix, Arizona. She is an advisor to UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry. Christine tutors poets and prose writers, both in person and via email.

Randy Schwartz is the 2nd place poetry winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. He was raised in Virginia and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan. His poetry has appeared in Blueline, The MacGuffin, California Quarterly, and The Jerusalem Times. The literary annual Edge in California nominated one of his poems for a Pushcart Prize in November 2011. Schwartz is also the longtime editor of three periodicals, including Repast, a food history quarterly. He has been a member of Springfed Arts since September 2004. He lives in Ann Arbor and is a writer and a mathematics professor at Schoolcraft College.

Jon Zech is the 1st place prose winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. He started submitting for publication after retirement in 2009, when a piece of flash fiction was picked up by Mirror Dance. Zech earned an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train and has been published in Short Story America, Splickety Magazine and will be in Echo Ink Review’s September issue. His humorous novel, Buck and Tangee: Things that Happened, is scheduled for release through Woodward Press in August, 2012. His next planned project is a collection of some of his over one hundred other short stories. Zech helped organize two area writer’s groups: OWWL (Organization of Woodward Writers and Lit), and The Tuesday Group. He lives near Anchor Bay, Michigan with his wife and various Dachshunds.

Lori Eaton, 2nd place prose winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012, is a fiction writer, a grant writer, a playwright, a mother and a wife in an order of importance that changes almost hourly. Several of her short plays have been produced in local play festivals, including Vaccination at BoxFest Detroit in 2009, Eating Cake at Renegade Theatre Festival in 2010, and most recently Playing Basketball at the Tipping Point Theatre’s Sandbox Play Festival in June. Lori has also self-published a novel called Eucalyptus and Green Parrots, which is available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jenifer DeBellis received Honorable Mention for prose in Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. She is the first student to receive Oakland University’s new BA in Creative Writing. As co-editor-in-chief of Pink Panther Magazine, an international small-print feminist publication, DeBellis develops thematic articles, commentary and editorial. Her poetry has been featured in BAC Street Journal and other small venue publications. She won first place in OU’s Department of English’s 2012 Ekphrasis Contest, and second place in their 2012 Flash Fiction Contest, both to be published in OU’s departmental semi-annual newsletter.

Linda Sienkiewicz received Honorable Mention for prose in Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012 and won 2nd place for prose in Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2010. Her poetry, short stories, essays and art have appeared in numerous literary journals. She has an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Her latest poetry chapbook is “Security,” published by March Street Press. She’s currently working on a novel, and she is represented by Maria Carvainis Literary Agency. Her website is lksienkiewicz.wordpress.com.

Lucinda Sabino received Honorable Mention for poetry in the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. She is a poet whose work treats longing and loss with humor and hope. Her chapbook We're Coming Close is published by Pudding House Press. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Driftwood, The Bridge and PrePress: New Michigan Writers. This fall, Lucinda makes her debut as the new writing instructor/facilitator for the Springfed Arts Advanced Poetry Workshop that has been taking place at Birmingham's Baldwin Library on Wednesday afternoons. That class has long been led by our esteemed poet and poetry instructor Mary Jo Firth Gillett, who is taking a long sabbatical, some might call it retirement. Springfed Arts is confident that Lucinda will become accustomed to the literary shoes she has to fill.

Mary Schmitt received Honorable Mention for poetry in the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. Her poetry and prose has been published most recently in the MacGuffin. In 2001 she won the Detroit Women Writers Tri-Centennial Poetry Competition. She also won the 2010 MacGuffin Poet Hunt judged by Jim Daniels. Mary works for Oakland Community College teaching students with disabilities.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

An Evening You Won't Want to Miss

Thursday, July 26, 7PM

Join us for a special meet and greet with Louder than Love Producer/ Director Tony D'Annunzio. The evening will feature a talk by Tony and an exhibition of posters by iconic artist Gary Grimshaw.

LOUDER THAN LOVE: The Grande Ballroom Story chronicles the Detroit music scene in the late 1960s, as told through the eyes of the legendary bands who played there. At the epicenter of this seminal music scene stood The Grande Ballroom, Detroit's original rock and roll palace.

In the 1960s psychedelic poster artist Gary Grimshaw created eye-popping concert posters for performances by the MC5, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, and a multitude of other bands. His posters helped set the standard for the counter-culture poster art of the period.

This is a rare opportunity to meet Tony and Gary in an intimate setting.

Louder Than Love Poster
by Gary Grimshaw

Tony D’Annunzio

Tony D’Annunzio, a native Detroiter has worked with every major broadcast company at the technical and/or production management level including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CNN,MTV, VH1, Discovery, NFL Films, and HBO. Over the last 23 years, Tony has also worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. “It was my love for music that got me into the business. I have been a director of photography and production manager for hundreds of live events and concerts, with acts including Aerosmith, KISS, Ted Nugent, Rush, Madonna, Guns And Roses, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, Slayer and many more."

LOUDER THAN LOVE: The Grande Ballroom Story is Tony D'Annunzio's first independent film as a producer and director. The movie chronicles the Detroit music scene in the late 1960s, as told through the eyes of the legendary bands who played there. At the epicenter of this seminal music scene stood The Grande Ballroom, Detroit's original rock and roll palace. Tony says, “I love all kinds of music. Coming from Italian family, there was always music in house. But once I heard the harder side of rock, I was hooked on Detroit bands. After being in the business for over 23 years and having been part of some of the biggest events ever, I had a moment of clarity when I had realized what exactly I have been lucky enough to be part of.

Making LOUDER THAN LOVE: The Grande Ballroom Story was the culmination of my life’s work. My dad always told me when I was growing up ‘If you find something you love to do, you never work a day in your life.’ I can honestly say I have never worked a day in my life. I'm living the dream!”

“If he hadn’t been the poster artist for the counterculture, he could have been its poster child.” --"Michigan’s 100 Greatest Artists and Entertainers of the Twentieth Century"
- The Detroit Free Press - December 12, 1999

Gary Grimshaw

Gary Grimshaw's talent has kept him in demand and in the spotlight in a career covering the rock scenes in Michigan and the San Francisco area for over four decades. For those of us in the Detroit area, Grimshaw's work was our introduction to the psychedelic era. He was the primary poster and light show artist for Detroit's Grande Ballroom through 1969.

At the start of his career, the Detroit native became well known as the Grande Ballroom artist and later as the MC5 artist. These works stand out as the centerpiece of an enormously prolific output of art from the mid-1960’s to the late 1970’s.

Grimshaw was part of a dynamic collective of intellectuals, promoters, poets, artists, musicians - people that spent many years together in some form or another and in different circles of interest. As a Vietnam veteran he was an anti-war activist and a key player in the White Panther Party working to reform unfair laws and unjust incarcerations. His contribution was through art, and his art inspired and energized the people. He was a member of Trans-Love Energies and The Rainbow People’s Party. He worked on newspapers, magazines, created posters for music events and artwork for record albums.

In 2011 just months after returning home from a serious health odyssey, Gary worked on the Concert of Colors poster and several PJ’s Lager House designs. In 2012 Gary’s work with re-purposed images has taken center stage; classic Grimshaw designs are receiving an electronic restoration and new colors for a new purpose. He began this practice many years ago when he restored a flyer that was originally a mimeographed work; black ink on colored paper; he created and colored a digital file and enlarged it to the size of his other posters. “Love-In Detroit” is now one of Gary’s best selling and most colorful.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Wednesday, July 18, 7PM

Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Dawn McDuffie, Olga Klekner, Alexander Morgan, Carol Carpenter, Patricia Barnes, and music from Sheila Landis and Rick Matle.

Dawn McDuffie Hot on the heels of last year’s Bulky Pick Up Day celebrates the release of her new poetry collection Flag Day, from Adastra Press (which also published her 2006 Carmina Detroit). Dawn has been teaching poetry for Springfed Arts. Before that she taught in the Detroit Public Schools. She earned an MA in Humanities from Wayne State University in 1973, and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College in 2003. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, and Feminist Studies.

Olga Klekner is a bilingual, award-winning poet published both in Hungarian and English. Her essays and poetry have appeared in anthologies in the United States and Canada, in The Ambassador Poetry Project, Renaissance City, The MacGuffin, and numerous volumes of Lyceum. Olga Klekner is also noteworthy for the her jewelry designs. She lives in the United States (Dearborn, Michigan), Canada and Hungary.

Carol Carpenter is the 3rd place prose winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012. Her poems and stories have appeared in Soundzine, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The Pedestal, Orbis and Quiddity. Her work had been exhibited by art galleries and produced as podcasts (Connecticut Review and Bound Off). Her chapbook, The Empress of Patton Avenue, appears online at Heartsounds Press. She has received the Hart Crane Memorial Award, the Jean Siegel Pearson Poetry Award and the Artists Among Us Award. She attends Dawn McDuffie's Springfed Arts poetry class which takes place at the Virgil Carr Center on Tuesday nights.

Patricia Barnes has been a member of Springfed Arts since 2006. She is the 3rd place poetry winner of the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2012.

Alexander Morgan is a retired General Motors mathematician. He won second place for prose in the Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2011 and he won second prize prose in Springfed Arts Writing Contest 2008. Several of his personal essays have appeared in The Artisan’s Well.

Sheila Landis is a 7-time winner of the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" award from the Detroit Music Awards. She performs with accompaniment from 7-string guitarist Rick Matle. From the intimate Rick Matle/Sheila Landis Duo to the percussion-driven Brazilian Love Affair to a swinging Ella Fitzgerald Tribute or the well-oiled Sheila Landis Trio, Sheila's strong sense of melody and rhythm combined with her outstanding skill in the art of jazz "scat" singing create compelling live music performances. Sheila also shares her passion for singing and composing by presenting student workshops for all ages (she often collaborated with our late poet Margo LaGattuta). With the focus on "inspiring the creative mind" Sheila earned a grant from The Michigan Council for the Arts/Artserve Michigan in 1999 allowing her to organize several interactive concert/workshops for young musicians and composers.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Thursday, June 28, 7PM



Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Joe Oestreich, author of the book "Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock & Roll" a new rock memoir currently on the Amazon Rock Book Charts. Joe is songwriter and bass player for the band Watershed. Oestrich will read from his book and offer an acoustic performance.

“This insightful and entertaining story of a band that almost-but-didn’t-quite make it big in the 1990s is equal parts fascinating autobiography and a hilarious and savvy look at the harsh realities of the music industry. . . . not a story of failure, just a different kind of success.” —Publishers Weekly.

Joe Oestreich’s work has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, and other magazines. He’s been awarded a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, honored by The Atlantic Monthly, and shortlisted for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, The Best American Essays 2008 and 2009, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2010. An Ohio State MFA, he teaches creative writing at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Angela Bowie: Lipstick Legends

Thursday, June 14, 7PM

Angela Bowie, reads from her book, "Lipstick Legends." Hosted by John D. Lamb with performances by Carolyn Striho, Eloise Alterman and Sloan Kiriluk.

Angie Bowie, style icon, author, performer, counselor, former wife of David Bowie and role model for outsiders everywhere will be reading from her new book, "Lipstick Legends."

According to Angela, "Lipstick Legends are people who pushed the envelope, and helped redefine sexual mores in the 1970s. Their story is a little bit beautiful, a whole lot brassy!" Journeying from swinging London, to Japan, Los Angeles, New York, and Switzerland, Bowie shares her own personal voyage and along the way she channels some of the most exciting voices of the era of the Lipstick Legends.

Carolyn Striho, winner of Detroit Music Awards Outstanding National Indie Rock Artist/Group 2012 and Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Band of the Year 2011. “Carolyn made her name playing w/ bands Detroit Energy Asylum, Cubes ...but it's as a solo performer that she has really found her niche. Within this city’s music community, Striho is regarded as one of our best songwriters & her new album “Honesty” showcases that fact. Honest.” Brett Callwood - MetroMix - and Detroit Free Press

Eloise Alterman and Sloan Kiriluk are two of John D. Lamb’s music students. At 14 and 12 years of age, respectively, they are engaging singer-performers on a clear path to becoming songwriters. Eloise and Sloan attend Academy of Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills (and will be sequestered during Angie Bowie’s portion of the show.)

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Friday, April 13, 7PM

Barry Wallenstein, Edward Haworth Hoeppner, Anca Vlasopolos, Anne Switzer and Mike Will. Hosted by John D. Lamb.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Barry Wallenstein
Barry Wallenstein

Barry Wallenstein received his PhD in modern poetry from New York University in 1972. Early poems first appeared in 1964 and since then six collections of poetry have been published. In the early 1970s he began collaborating with jazz artists in the performance and recording of his poetry, and he continues to perform with musicians internationally. From 1965 until 2006 he taught literature and writing at the City College of New York where he founded The Poetry Outreach Center, in which he continues to be involved as Professor Emeritus. One part Mose Allison cool, one part Allen Ginsberg beat, Barry Wallenstein marries words and jazz. He walks the music's city streets with a sharp ear for vernacular and an eye for strange and gritty images. His stories are mainly of urban fringe dwellers -- queens, androgynies, junkies, 14-year-old girls who visit their 14-year-old boyfriends in jail. But Wallenstein doesn't ride the material for its shock value. He plays down the specifics of his street stories in favor of the universals, illuminating desire, loss, and the sad-but-beautiful follies of our lot with verse that's subtle and open. As rappers ham-handedly court jazzmen, and heavy-footed poetry slammers storm the podiums, Wallenstein suggests a genuinely poetic rebirth of cool.

Edward Haworth Hoeppner
Edward Haworth Hoeppner

Edward Haworth Hoeppner was born in Winona, Minnesota, where he graduated from Saint Mary's University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1984, and is the author of Echoes and Moving Fields: Structure and Subjectivity in the Poetry of W. S. Merwin and John Ashbery. His poems have appeared in Indiana Review, The Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. He teaches at Oakland University and lives in Rockford, Michigan. About the collection of poems Heoppner published in 2000, the Las Vegas poet Donald Revell has this to say, "In the beautiful structures of Rain Through High Windows we meet a poet at nearly perfect peace with change, a poet gifted to shape masses with the most astonishing delicacy. Hoeppner is an architectural clairvoyant, and he reveals the eternal farewell encoded in all forms. I have never said this of any other poet of my generation, and I say it with absolute certainty: Edward Haworth Hoeppner is a Poet of the Sublime."

Anca Vlasopolos
Anca Vlasopolos

Anca Vlasopolos has published a detective novel, a memoir, various short stories, over 200 poems, the poetry collection Penguins in a Warming World, and the non-fiction novel The New Bedford Samurai. She was born in 1948 in Bucharest, Rumania. Her father, a political prisoner of the Communist regime in Rumania, died when Anca was eight. After a sojourn in Paris and Brussels, at fourteen she immigrated to the United States with her mother, a prominent Rumanian intellectual and a survivor of Auschwitz. Anca is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Wayne State University. She is married to Anthony Ambrogio, a writer and editor; they have two daughters. Vlasopolos says, " For me, the organization of my poems whether in a collection or for a reading becomes of utmost importance. I take my cue from my predecessors—the British Romantic poets who saw the unity of the whole poetic work, and their successors, Baudelaire with Les Fleurs du mal and its chapters, as well as W. B. Yeats and his books, each answering and continuing the preceding work. I want to guide the reader along a thread that traces the journey of the poems so that they’re not like beads on a string, each equal and separate though tied together, but rather like moments along a walk taken in hyper-aware solitude.”

Anne Switzer
Anne Switzer

Anne Switzer is an Assistant Professor and Outreach Librarian at The Kresge Library of Oakland University. She collaborates with surrounding communities on events such as OU's African American Celebration and Poetry Slams. Switzer facilitates book clubs and writers groups for students and alumni. She strives to promote diversity initiatives both in the library and campus-wide. In addition, she provides reference services at Kresge Library's reference desk, as well as individual research consultations by appointment. Switzer acts as liaison to the English, Women's Studies, Cinema Studies, and Political Science departments. She is responsible for their library instruction sessions and collection development needs. Her work in progress is called Beyond Cap & Gown: Lifelong learning for university alumni and the role of the academic library.

Mike Will
Mike Will

Mike Will is an poet from the Metro-Detroit area. He has been featured at several locations throughout the state including the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus, University of Michigan - Dearborn campus, The Good Beans Cafe in association with the University of Michigan - Flint, and Oakland University. His poems range in content and cover a number of issues. He has produced a Booklet titled "Disposition: Poems & Perspectives" and won first place in the 2010 Auburn Hills/Oakland University National Poetry SLAM competition.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series

Friday, March 16, 7PM

Songwriters Dave Boutette and Joshua Davis, writer Nadia Ibrashi, Springfed writer/instructors Maureen Dunphy, Kelly Fordon and Carolyn Walker.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Dave Boutette
Dave Boutette

Before stepping out on his own, Dave Boutette spent ten years with the Detroit-based alterna-rock bar kings The Junk Monkeys. In 1994 he moved to Ann Arbor and soon found himself playing open mics and farm markets for tips. His performances are often peppered with stories culled from his times on the road and his years growing up in the shadow of Detroit. Whether banging out a set of saloon songs at a Michigan watering hole, or settling back for an evening of singing around the campfire, for Boutette, it’s the sharing of songs that holds all the magic. Join the circle, sing a tune, or stir the coals. Stories, advice, observations, or raffles are as apt to appear during a performance. Blending popular music, folk, blues, swing, and old time country, his songs testify to the power of true love, rebirth, snow plows, and migrating fish. His CD Piccolo Heart includes at least one, maybe two songs that were written at Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters.

Joshua Davis
Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis is a songwriter who lives in Lansing, Michigan. He blends American roots music with a nod to gritty rock n' roll and vintage soul. Davis performs and teaches at festivals, theatres, concert halls, coffeehouses, schools and parks. He has appeared on West Virginia's Mountain Stage radio show and played festivals like Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado and Suwannee Springfest in Florida, and many festivals in Michigan. Davis produces and records award-winning solo albums with the ensemble Steppin’ In It and classic swing band Shout Sister Shout. Davis' second solo album, "Magnolia Belles" is a deeply personal collection of songs. He just received a Jammie, a music award given out in Grand Rapids, MI. Joshua will be traveled to the West Bank in February with On the Ground for the Run Across Palestine, raising funds for Palestinian fair-trade olive farming communities. Davis went there as part of a cultural exchange, meeting and performing with musicians, artists and community leaders, visiting schools and farms, and supporting the runners. He will be writing and recording a new album based on the journey.

Nadia Ibrashi
Nadia Ibrashi

Nadia Ibrashi’s work has been a semi-finalist in “Ebony,” in Writer’s Digest 79th and 80th competitions and has won honorable mention the Poetry Society of Michigan 2011 contest. Her work appears in an anthology by Aquarius Press, Reverie, Flashshot,Tidal Basin Review, and is forthcoming in Narrative and The MacGuffin. Ibrashi is Southeast Review Fall 2011 Writing Regimen Contest Winner for her poem, "The Beggars." Nadia's winning entry was inspired by a confluence of three regimen features, including a literary quotation from Ursula K. Le Guin ("The creative adult is the child who has survived."), a podcast by Yusef Komunyakka, and Meghan Brinson's meditation on stanza breaks. Nadia Ibrashi is assistant editor at Narrative magazine. She has practiced medicine in Egypt and in the States, and belongs to Springfed Arts, Columbus Creative cooperative, Poetry Society of Michigan, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Motown Writers Network.

Maureen Dunphy
Maureen Dunphy

Maureen Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and In Between the Lines: Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor. She conducts writing workshops on Pelee Island. Springfed Arts Spring Writing Classes offers Prose with Maureen Dunphy- Getting There from Here at Royal Oak Public Library, Thursdays, April 19 thru May 24, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams. Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre.

Kelly Fordon
Kelly Fordon

Before Kelly Fordon finished her first novel she worked at the NPR member station in Detroit and for National Geographic magazine. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review On-Line, Flashquake, Red Wheelbarrow, The Windsor Review, The Bear River Review, Voices in Wartime and other journals. Her poetry chapbook, On the Street Where We Live, won the Standing Rock Chapbook Competition and will be published in February 2012. In 2011, she received third place in the Katherine Handley Prose Poem Contest and the Tiferet Journal fiction contest and was a finalist in the 38th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. She is currently working towards her MFA in fiction writing at Queens University. Springfed Arts Spring Writing Classes offers Fiction with Kelly Fordon at the Grosse Pointe Park Library, Wednesdays, April 18 thru May 23, 7 pm - 9 p.m. Breathe life into your story or novel. Share works in progress and discuss methods for enhancing your writing using plot charts, sketch books, diagrams, note cards and other techniques employed by successful writers. We’ll also read 3-4 annotated stories and discuss how the stories are constructed. Our goal will be to work toward the completion of at least one short story or an opening chapter.

Carolyn Walker
Carolyn Walker

Carolyn Walker has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her memoir, Every Least Sparrow, is being circulated for publication by her agent. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. Springfed Arts Spring Writing Classes offers Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: Big Boy on Dixie Highway in Independence Township, Friday mornings, April 13 thru May 18, 10 am - noon.

Book Signing with Rock and Roll Legend Mitch Ryder

Friday, February 3, 7PM

Legendary Rock and Roll icon, Mitch Ryder, will be reading from and and signing his new autobiography Devils & Blue Dresses: My Wild Ride as a Rock and Roll Legend at Lido Gallery on Friday Evening, February 3rd from 7-9 PM.

Join us for a special evening and a rare opportunity to meet and hear Ryder read from the book and speak about his fascinating life with a tribute by host John D. Lamb, and ML Liebler.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Book review, MikeGeorge, Amazon.com:

The book is a written chronologically from his early days as a child to his first passage into the Detroit Black clubs hooking up with the underbelly of that world while he fine tunes his soulful vocal skills and artistry abilities to eventually lead one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands ever , "Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels" . His story is very well thought through and written for the reader to understand the crazy world of entertainment and all of the manipulative egos within and the pitfalls of fame and greed.

Mitch explains how he overcame the ride to fame and the love it took from his wife, Megan, to help him become the exceptional artist he is today. The final chapters are riveting as he tries to explain how his immaturity, lacking the ability to love that unfortunately intensified his emotional pain as well as everyone that surrounded him.

There are also plenty of great revealing stories in connection with the many great musicians and celebrity that his journey to stardom took him. It's an honest interpretation of a man's life that happened to be a rock star. He was a man with many flaws and contradictions like many of us that was extremely talented. This talent took him to the incredible world of fame that spit him out, for him just to climb his way back to what he finally realized what he always wanted from the beginning. To be an artist.

A Host of Hosts
Friday, January 27, 7PM

Ann Holdreith, L. Bush, Laura Bodary, John "Juan Zo" Smolinski, Joe Kidd and Mary Minock

Ann Holdreith: Host of the Musing Series at Scarab Club.
The poetry of Ann Holdreith merges the mythical with the everyday. A chapter of her work is included in "Beyond the Lines", an anthology of Michigan authors published by Plainview Press. Her publishing credits also include: Wayne State University, Gravity Presses, Dixie Phoenix, Poetry Motel, Free Fall, Snakeskin, Gravity Webzine, Stirring, Aether, Friction Magazine and a 1999 Pushcart Prize Nomination. Ann teaches classes for Springfed Arts at Oakwood Family Center in Dearborn and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Fine Art and Literature from the University of Detroit. She has featured at the Michigan Opera Theatre, The Detroit Festival for the Arts. Ann synthesizes her background as an actress, vocalist, dancer and performance artist and has been hosting the Musing Series at The Scarab Club every third Sunday of the month.

Writer L. Bush: Host of Thistle Crown Affair and Spirit Spit in Detroit.
Born in Detroit, Writer L. Bush worked in Cape Town, South Africa as a news reporter and photographer. He wrote a novel called Kill Switch (2007) detailing "corporate greed, adulterated medicine, the pandemic spread of AIDS, and the sale of data-mined information." The manuscript nearly got him house arrested by South African officials. Upon returning to the United States, Bush found himself blacklisted and he worked odd jobs under his brother's name.

Bush returned to Detroit and formed a collective of writers and thinkers dubbed The Drunken Muse which held meetings at local bookstores and cafes. Since then, he has corralled a variety of poets and songwriters to perform at open mics at Thistle Coffee House in Detroit.

Laura Bodary: Host of Laurel Tree at AJ's Cafe.
Laura Bodary attended Marian High School and Boston College. After years of reading poetry at open mics, she finds herself hosting open mics for poets at AJ's Cafe and at the Lawrence Street Gallery, both in Ferndale.

John "Juan Zo" Smolinski: Host of Poetic Travelers at Lawrence Street Gallery.
John "Juan Zo" Smolinski is a percussionist, lyricist, digital photo artist and poet. He has read his poetry at many open mics. He is a host for Poetic Travelers at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale.

Joe Kidd: Songwriter host of The Sedition World Orchestra.
Joe Kidd is a guitarist and singer/bandleader of the Sedition World Orchestra. He sings poetry of peace, struggle and celebration.

Mary Minock: We celebrate her new memoir of a Detroit childhood.
Mary Minock's new book is The Way-Back Room: A Memoir of a Detroit Childhood (Bottom Dog Press). Southwest Detroit is the backdrop to Minock's memoir, but the real story is less about the city and more about Minock's rocky childhood. Her father died when she was six, which led to Minock caring for her mother and a strained relationship with her extended family. At Catholic school, Minock was an outcast, a deeply troubled child whose way of dealing with her grief caused her to be misunderstood. Minock doesn't dramatize her misfortunes, and instead readers see a self-possessed, sharply honest girl who tries her best to confront challenges head on. Minock is a creative writing professor at Madonna University. She won the Society for the Study of Midwest Literature Gwendolyn Brooks Award and has been published in Mid-America and the MacGuffin.

The Way-Back Room: A Memoir Of A Detroit Childhood by Mary Minock was released by Bottom Dog Press in November, 2011.

Hosted by John D. Lamb. Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Ecstatic Ekphrastic (tm)

Emily Carr Lecture with Terry Blackhawk
Saturday, January 21, 2PM

Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr form a triumvirate of 20th Century iconoclastic North American women artists. All drew from nature and native sources and lived fiercely independent lives devoted to their art. The least known of the three, Carr's life and work infiltrated Terry Blackhawk's writing in the mid-nineties when she first became aware of her. She will share slides and some of her own poems as well as Carr's own writings to show how art inspires art.

Terry Blackhawk’s poetry collections include Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize, and The Light Between, Wayne State University Press (2012). She is recipient of the Foley Poetry Prize, the 2010 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, a Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts Education and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Terry is director of Detroit's InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a writers-in-schools program that she founded in 1995 (www.insideoutdetroit.org) and has recently begun to blog for for the Huffington Post/Detroit.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Book Release Party

Featuring Mary Minock's new book, "The Way Back Room" and poet Rebecca Rank.
Saturday, January 7, 2PM

Mary Minock's new book is The Way-Back Room: A Memoir of a Detroit Childhood (Bottom Dog Press). Southwest Detroit is the backdrop to Minock's memoir, but the real story is less about the city and more about Minock's rocky childhood. Her father died when she was six, which led to Minock caring for her mother and a strained relationship with her extended family. At Catholic school, Minock was an outcast, a deeply troubled child whose way of dealing with her grief caused her to be misunderstood. Minock doesn't dramatize her misfortunes, and instead readers see a self-possessed, sharply honest girl who tries her best to confront challenges head on. Minock is a creative writing professor at Madonna University. She won the Society for the Study of Midwest Literature Gwendolyn Brooks Award and has been published in Mid-America and the MacGuffin.

Rebecca B. Rank was born and raised in northwest Detroit. In the early 60's, her family moved to Lafayette Park in downtown Detroit where she lived for many years. Rebecca earned her MA degree from the University of Missouri. Her poetry has appeared in Smartish Pace, River City, The Antigonish Review, The Waterstone Review, Iris, The MacGuffin, Flyway, Bear Deluxe, Folio: A Literary Journal at American University, Fifth Wednesday and many others. She is the recipeint of the 2001 Third Coast Poetry Prize and was a runner up in the Jane Kenyon poetry contest. She received Honorable Mention from Fifth Wednesday. In addition to her poetry appearing in Feminist Studies, an excerpt from her memoir, Some Time in Crime, appeared in Feminist Studies as well. Her chapbook, Pears in a Porcelain Bowl, won the 2008 Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest.

Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series
Friday, November 18, 2011 7PM

Fall Leaves release with songwriter Jan Krist, poets Ama Carey-Barr, Anne Doran, Ginny Grush and Lucija Franetovic.

Detroit born Jan Krist is a well established veteran of the acoustic music scene. Jan's musical gifts have been recognized by Billboard Magazine, Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Dirty Linen, Image Journal, and others. “A writer whose gift as a songwriter equals - if not surpasses her vocal gifts. She has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought.” — Image Journal

Ama Carey Barr

Ama Carey Barr was raised on Ireland’s Atlantic west coast speaking both the Irish and English languages, she also speaks French and Spanish and some German, Italian, Dutch and Catalan! She is passionate about all things literary, linguistic and artistic - and all travel. She lived in Belgium, Spain, France, and England for extended periods, teaching and in the travel industry, and for “extended creative spells” in New York, Brussels, Paris, Lyons, Switzerland, London, Galway and Dublin. She has a BA from Ireland, Speech and Drama certification from the London College of Music, and an M.A in English Literature from University of Detroit, where she teaches English and writing.

Anne Doran

Anne Doran's first attempts at poetry date from when she received her first computer, which she considered a godsend, due to her habit of revising just about any line she ever wrote. Now retired after thirty-six years as a public school teacher, Anne uses her freedom to attend Springfed Arts’ workshops and edit even more obsessively. She has been thinking about submitting to magazines for about 10 years but doesn’t want to rush it.

Ginny Grush

Ginny Grush lives in Farmington Hills. She's a Spanish instructor at Schoolcraft College. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She’s married, has two grown children and one grandchild. She writes personal essays, poetry and short stories. She's been published in The MacGuffin, Detroit Free Press, Farmington Observer and Peninsula Poets.

Lucija Franetovic

Lucija Franetovic has been writing poetry since she was in high school. She loves discovering herself and the world through writing, loves its reflective, communicative and transformative powers. She believes writing poetry is inviting the soul to come out and dance. She does it to celebrate and understand. Lucija was born in Croatia and now lives in Farmington Hills with her husband. She teaches World History and German at Thurston High School in Redford.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 21, 2011 7PM

What Dread Book Release

Zilka Joseph's "What Dread" Book Release
With songwriter John Latini and poets Lynn Deturk, Nancy Faerber, Devon Adjei, Josephine Rood, Jane Bridges and Michelle Deatrick.

Zilka Joseph was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her chapbook, Lands I Live In, was nominated for a PEN America Beyond Margins Award. She was awarded a Zell Fellowship, a Hopwood Award, and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship at the University of Michigan.

John Latini

John Latini grew up in Queens, New York, but he’s a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. Winner of the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009. Latini lives in Ypsilanti and is serious crafter of songs. The Ann Arbor Observer called his voice “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.”

Nancy Farber

A few computer science courses led Nancy Faerber to freelancing as a corporate trainer and systems documentation specialist, while her concentration in English Lit eventually formed the root ball that supports her sapling poetry. Living in western Wayne county, she is married with two kids and humbly accepts Most Favored Human status from the family cat. Nancy would especially like to thank the gracious Zilka Joseph for her insight and encouragement.

Devon Adjei

Devon Adjei began writing poetry at age twelve inspired by her father’s 1960’s revolutionary poems. Devon is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has lived in Ghana and Germany. She views poetry as the highest form of communication and uses it as a vehicle to understand the past, present and imagine different possibilities for the future. Her love of words is a family affair as she is raising two wonderful writers, Sena and Dzifa Adjei. Devon lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Josephine Rood

Josephine Rood writes poetry and is working on a play. She writes because she loves playing with words and trying to make something new out of them. She writes to give shape to her experience and to communicate with others. As a child she lived in wilderness areas in Uganda and Tanzania. Then she lived in another kind of wilderness, Chicago. Now she lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

Jane Bridges

Jane Bridges grew up in Texas, New Hampshire, and India. For fifty years she has lived in Ann Arbor, raising two children and teaching. Her poems have been published or have been accepted for publication in Margie, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, and The MacGuffin.

Lynn DeTurk

Lynn DeTurk began writing by joining Springfed Arts to study with Joy Gaines-Friedler and Zilka Joeseph. She has published poetry in the Cave Moon Press Broken Circles Hunger Project Anthology, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Orange Room Review, CowboyPoetry.com, and has work forthcoming in The Great American Poetry Story Anthology. She placed 3rd in the Writer's Workshop Words of Love Contest.

Michelle Regalado Deatrick

Michelle Regalado Deatrick’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New American Voices, Copper Nickel, The Comstock Review’s Award Issue, Poet Lore and other publications. Michelle's MFA in fiction is from the University of Michigan, where she received a Colby Fellowship, Hopwood Awards in Fiction and Poetry, the Bain-Swigget Prize, and a Classics Translation Award. She's held writing residencies at Macdowell, Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Michelle lives on the outskirts of Ann Arbor on an 80-acre farm.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 23, 2011 7PM

Bulky Pick Up Day Book Release

Dawn McDuffie's "Bulky Pick-Up Day" Book Release
With poets Carol Carpenter, Mack Carpenter, Beth Langelier, Tracy Morris, Mary Stebbins Taitt and Mildred Williams.

Dawn McDuffie moved to Detroit in 1963 and has drawn on the city for inspiration ever since. Her second book, Carmina Detroit, was published in 2006 by Adastra Press. She earned an MA in Humanities from Wayne State University in 1973, and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College in 2003. Since 2000 Dawn has taught creative writing at the Scarab Club in downtown Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, and Feminist Studies.

Carol Carpenter's poems and stories have appeared in numerous online and print publications, including: Soundzine, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The Pedestal, Orbis and Quiddity. Her work had been exhibited by art galleries and produced as podcasts (Connecticut Review and Bound Off). Her chapbook, The Empress of Patton Avenue, appears online at Heartsounds Press. She received the Hart Crane Memorial Award, the Jean Siegel Pearson Poetry Award, Artists Among Us Award and others. She lives in Livonia.

Mack Carpenter has been writing and studying poetry for over thirty years and has been published in The Writer and more than dozen small press journals. He is also a student in Dawn McDuffie's classes and one of her biggest fans.

Beth Langelier is a permanent English major with a passion for observing the social world around her with poetic sensibility. She enjoys writing about society and culture, our natural environment, family relations, and love, and the interconnections among these facets of existence. Beth's "day jobs" are technical editing and sometimes teaching, so creative writing is her "right brain" exercise.

Tracey Morris is a lifelong Detroiter from a family that treasures creative expression in all forms. Her family includes an award winning caterer and painter Richard Lewis, winner of the 2011 Kresge Arts in Detroit fellowship, Tracey began writing in high school, studying under WSU Prof. Alvin Aubert. Today, she's a member of Springfed Arts, working on an autobiographical chapbook, and has recently re-launched her blog, "The View of the TEM," featuring autobiographically based essays, poetry, and unique view of life in Detroit.

Mary Stebbins Taitt has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College, had two poems chosen for McSweeney's Poets Picking Poets, recently had a poem in Paterson Review, and is a student of Dawn McDuffie's.

Sponsored by Lido Gallery and Springfed Arts. Hosted by John D. Lamb, this event is free and open to the public.

Erica Podwoiski

Through January 30, 2011
Coming of Age in an Era of Celebrity Worship

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Staring Contest by Erica Podwoiski

Michigan native, Erica Podwoiski, is a fine arts graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design where she majored in drawing, painting, and printmaking, with a minor in writing. She served as teaching assisting at the college's Saturday Morning Art Class program for two years and received an Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts from The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

This exhibit features figurative paintings and mixed media with a narrative about female identity and coming of age in an era of celebrity worship.

Her first solo exhibition was a visual case study of women and girls on MySpace and Facebook titled pc4pc <333333. The exhibit was an exploration of boundaries, notions of privacy and self, female stereotypes and sexuality in the millennial age.

Podwoiski was honored as Valedictorian of her class and received the Outstanding Senior in Fine Arts Award. Her work has been featured on the cover of Columbus's Alive Magazine and was shown at the historic Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit.