The Ferndale Library invites all lovers of the written word to come celebrate National Poetry Month next Tue., Apr. 5, at 7 PM for a reading sponsored by Springfed Arts and hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring poets Ken Meisel, Joy Gaines Friedler, Lucinda Sabino and songwriter Lauren Crane.
To sweeten the deal, the Boston Tea Room of Ferndale is providing a tea tasting of spring-themed teas. Springfed Arts is a Royal Oak based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring in the craft of writing, be it prose or song, the performance of works, spoken or sung. Springfed Arts also organizes workshops for local students as well as sporadically programming events like the library reading, to further instill a lasting appreciation for the written word.
More about the featured writers and spoken-word performers:
Ken Meisel is a poet and psychotherapist from the Detroit area. He is a 2012 Kresge Arts Literary Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, Swan Duckling chapbook contest winner, and author of six poetry collections.
Joy Gaines-Friedler teaches creative writing for nonprofits where she works with “at-risk” communities, including workshops at Children’s Village, Common Ground, Haven, and The University of Michigan’s PCAP (Prison Creative Arts Project) Joy is also an instructor for Springfed Arts where she teaches adult workshops in Advanced Poetry & Memoir. Her poetry has received wide recognition including a Pushcart Prize nomination. Joy is the author of two full-length poetry books. Her third is forthcoming.
Lucinda Sabino is a Michigan poet whose work treats longing and loss with humor and hope. Her chapbook We’re Coming Close was published by Pudding House Press. Her second publication, Dancing in the Intersection is a collaboration with poet David Strong. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Driftwood, The Bridge and PrePress: New Michigan Writers. She teaches an advanced poetry workshop for Springfed Arts.
Lauren Crane was born on the cusp of the Great Lake Erie in a yellow house built by her father’s hand. Her oft-bluesy delivery and lyrics that stick in your head like wet Lake Erie sand, tell stories that can delight and surprise. Whether it’s the murder and extortion in “Old Washer Woman”, sweet love in “Makin’ Honey”, or the smoky “Mama Got Big Thighs”, her songs seem to possess an old and enduring soul.