Poets Larry O'Dean, Sarah Carson, and Marvin Tate will read selections of their work.
Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His numerous books include Brief Nudity (2013), Basic Cable Couplets (2012), abbrev (2011), About the Author (2011), andI Am Spam (2004). He is also an acclaimed songwriter whose most recent release is Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties.
Sarah Carson was born and raised in Michigan but now lives in Chicago with her dog, Amos. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Diagram, Guernica, the Nashville Review, and the New Orleans Review, among others. She is the author of three chapbooks, and two full-length collections, Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press, 2014) and Buick City (Mayapple Press, 2015). Sometimes she blogs at sarahamycarson.com.
Marvin Tate is a performance poet, lyricist, author, visual artist and educator. His work has appeared on Def-Jam Poetry, This American-Life, PBS, and in various venues around the world. His recent collaborations with Sound-Artist Joseph C. Mills and Video/Performance Artist, Jefferson Pinder highlight his ability to combine spoken word and performance with other forms of mediums, producing outstanding works of juxtaposition and improvisation. His 2013 collaboration with singer/songwriter Tim Kinsella in a project titled Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate with Leroy Bach and Angel Olsen, released on Joyful Noise Records (2013) is a testament to this. Tate is also the founder and ringleader of the legendary funk band D-settlement, a Funkadelic-infused band that continues to receive critical acclaim after forming in the late nineties. Tate recently received a grant from the Poetry Foundation to teach poetry in The Statesville Correctional Center (for men), and funding from The Propeller Fund to revisit his old neighborhood in North-Lawndale (Chicago) and produce a series of performances called, “Public Singing."