F205. The Soul of a City: Poets on Detroit Music

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Readings by contributors to the new anthology, Respect: The Poetry of the Music of Detroit, a collection of poems and lyrics that includes numerous Grammy winners and Pulitzer Prize winners. This reading celebrates the literary and cultural impact of the diverse range of innovative music that has emerged from the Motor City, from jazz and blues to rap and techno, and everything in between, while reminding readers of the deep and sometimes controversial connection between poetry and music.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: EVENT_OUTLINE_1-25.docx
Supplemental Document 1: SPOTIFY_PLAYLIST.docx
Supplemental Document 2: RESPECT_TABLE_OF_CONTENTS.pdf
Supplemental Document 3: RECENT_BOOKS_BY_READERS_1-25.docx



Jim Daniels's newest book is The Perp Walk, a collection of short stories. Recent poetry books include The Middle Ages, Street Calligraphy, and Rowing Inland. In 2021, he will be sending poetry to the moon as part of the Moon Arts Project at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he teaches.

Crystal Williams, a poet and essayist, is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Detroit as Barn. She has received numerous fellowships, awards, and honors. crystalannwilliams.com.

Lolita Hernandez is the author of two collections of short stories: Making Callaloo in Detroit, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book, and Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant, winner of a 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award. She also is the author of two chapbook collections of poems: Quiet Battles and snakecrossing.

Christina Kallery is the author of the chapbook Adult Night at Skate World. Her poetry has appeared in many publications. She has served as submissions editor for Absinthe: A Journal of World Literature in Translation and poetry editor for the online arts journal Failbetter.

Esperanza Cintron


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center