Broadside Lotus Press announces February 2020 release of amphibian by Jessica Lanay

Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award 2020

am.phib.ian by Jessica Lanay

…a daughter’s odyssey through a web of fractured relationships with lovers and kin… a spirit determined to survive….

Jessica Lanay holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including Sugar House Review, Fugue, A Bad Penny Review, and Indiana Review.

New Book Just Out: 2019 NLM Poetry Award Winner Jacquese Armstrong

Jacquese Armstrong is a poet/writer residing in Central New Jersey. Her first poetry chapbook, dance of the shadows, was released June 2017. She has been published in For Harriet, A Gathering of the Tribes, The Rising Phoenix Review, Black Magnolias Literary Journal and Ourselves/Black. Ms. Armstrong was a 2015 recipient of the Ambassador Award from the State of New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma for promoting wellness and recovery and reducing stigma through the arts.

Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theatre

The Dudley Randall Print and Media Center, and, Broadside Lotus Press Presents

Broadside Lotus Press resumes its poetry writing workshops before our Sunday Poets Theater every third Sunday of the month.
We will be examining and discussing the work of our published poets, your poems, and, writing poetry.


TIME: 3:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M

1. WRITING WORKSHOP  From 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Writing Workshop. Bring your work in progress and completed poems to read and get feedback.

2. POETRY TRIBUTE TO RON ALLEN, FARUQ Z BEY, AND OTHERS  4:30 – 5:00. bring your favorite poems by these authors, share how they inspired you!


3. OPEN MIC 5:00 -5:30

Enter at the Livernois entrance.Turn left, the Student Union will be on your right.

Contact: Rosemary Weatherston- weatherr@udm.edu, Aurora Harris- Broadsidelotus@gmail.com

Free and open to the public.

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Best Regards,
Aurora Harris
Poet, Activist, Educator
2015 “Unsung Heroes” Award- Michigan and Detroit National Lawyers Guild

2014 Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award- Peace and Justice Studies Assoc.

2012 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Excellence in Literature Award for
Solitude of Five Black Moons (poetry)

Bigger Than Life: Humble Detroit artist LeRoy Foster’s work projected a regal quality.

BrooksGwendolynAlonessHis first name, LeRoy, translates as “the king” in French (le roi), and that’s how he pronounced it, with the accent on the second syllable.

That might strike some as an affectation. But by all accounts Detroit artist LeRoy Foster was as humble as they come. Foster may have lived more like a pauper than a prince or king, but his art often projected a regal quality.

“You would look at his art and it was monumental, with Michelangelo-type figures, the artist he most admired. But he was a small guy with a quiet voice and very gentle,” says artist and teacher Jerry Lemenu, who met Foster in the mid-’80s when they were teaching at Detroit elementary schools through the Omniarts program.

“In his paintings, he made people look noble and strong and fiery, the way he must have felt when he was painting them,” Lemenu adds. Read more

Naomi Long Madgett awarded 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist

Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett.

The 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award goes to Naomi Long Madgett.

She’s an award winning poet, editor, and educator. She’s often called the godmother of African-American poetry.

Dr. Madgett says the award came as a complete surprise because she didn’t even know she was being considered for the award.

“So it means a great deal to me that I can be alive to realize that my life’s work has had some positive effect on other people’s lives,” she tell Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White.

According to Dr. Madgett, a lot people stay away from poetry because they don’t understand it. She says, “the wonderful thing about poetry is that it is open to many interpretations….poetry is a universal expression.” Read more >

5 Poems by Etheridge Knight

“What I am saying is that through extension we are humanists in the beginning, but how are you going to love or speak to somebody else if you can’t speak to your own brothers and sisters?” – Etheridge Knight