2016 Detroit Art Book Fair
Oct
8
Oct 9

2016 Detroit Art Book Fair

  • Trinosophes

Join DittoDitto for the 2016 Detroit Art Book Fair. The fair will take place at Trinosophes in Eastern Market and feature 40 vendors from around the United States and Canada. 

Saturday, October 8th: 12P-6P
Sunday, October 9th: 12P-4P

Nov
8
7:00 pm19:00

Reading W/ Jon Woodward & Benjamin Paloff

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Jon Woodward was born in Wichita, KS, and has lived in Denver and Fort Collins, CO, as well as Boston and Quincy, MA. His latest book is Uncanny Valley (Cleveland State University Poetry Center). Please find him online at

Benjamin Paloff is the author of the poetry collections And His Orchestra (2015) and The Politics (2011), both from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and the translator of several books, including Lodgings: Selected Poems of Andrzej Sosnowski (Open Letter, 2011). He teaches literature and theory at the University of Michigan.

Group reading from used copies of “The Dispossessed”
Oct
18
2:00 pm14:00

Group reading from used copies of “The Dispossessed”

  • 1480 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI, 48207 United States

Book launch for "Marking the Dispossessed”, a compilation of marks, comments, and underlines made by readers in over one hundred used copies of Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1974 anarchist science fiction novel "The Dispossessed”. A group reading from the original novel will take place.

ORGANIZATION, ACCESS, AND USE: Hamtramck Free School, Art Resources Transfer, and Soberscove Press in conversation
Oct
18
12:00 pm12:00

ORGANIZATION, ACCESS, AND USE: Hamtramck Free School, Art Resources Transfer, and Soberscove Press in conversation

  • 1480 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI, 48207 United States

About: What do we mean by public access? Does availability equal access? What are the uses of literacy, and the consequences of sharing knowledge and information? What are the pleasures and potential dangers of browsing?

Art Resources Transfer is pleased to join Hamtramck Free School members Jonathan Rajewski, Justine Tobiasz, and Soberscove Press’s Julia Klein in a conversation surrounding the organization, access, and use of public library collections; as well as the potentials, limitations, and possible forms of public libraries themselves.

The Hamtramck Free School is a non-hierarchical educational project formed in 2013 as a space for peer-led, experiential and emancipatory learning. In 2014, HFS initiated a Research Library to introduce a special collection of difficult-to-access educational resources to Hamtramck and neighboring communities. The library includes a collection of books donated by Art Resources Transfer, a New York-based non-profit organization that creates more egalitarian access to the arts and literacy through innovative publishing (A.R.T. Press) and the free distribution of contemporary art books to underserved public schools and libraries (D.U.C.). The D.U.C. places a yearly average of 27,000 free books donated by 60 publishers in over 600 public schools and libraries throughout the country, bridging communities of artists, publishers, readers, and students by providing resources that underserved public institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire. One of the D.U.C.’s longstanding and generous donors, Chicago-based Soberscove Press publishes and distributes previously inaccessible art-related materials, exploring modes and functions of documentation to connect historical themes and issues to the present.

Rob Halpern, with Common Place
Oct
17
6:00 pm18:00

Rob Halpern, with Common Place

  • 1480 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI, 48207 United States

Rob Halpern reading from his newest book Common Place, published by Ugly Duckling Presse 2015. 

Common Place continues Halpern’s sustained inquiry into the relations of body and voice to relentless militarization and economic depredation. Written in enjambed verses and impacted prose, Halpern’s language is at once raw and sculpted, passionate and analytic.

Rob Halpern lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility. Common Place is his most recent volume of poetry (Ugly Duckling Presse 2015). Other works include Music for Porn, Disaster Suites, and Rumored Place. Together with Taylor Brady, he also co-authored Snow Sensitive Skin. [ ——— ] Placeholder, which includes a selection of his poetry and prose drawn from across all of these books, was just published in the UK (Enitharmon 2015). Among other projects, Halpern is currently translating Georges Perec’s early essays on aesthetics and politics, and also co-editing a volume of essays on the literary movement known as New Narrative, together with Robin Tremblay-McGaw. His critical essays appear in Mediations, Journal of Narrative Theory, Modernist Cultures, Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Claudius App, and Chicago Review.

 

 

Weekday #5 Launch & Reading
Oct
17
3:00 pm15:00

Weekday #5 Launch & Reading

  • 1480 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI, 48207 United States

Weekday will launch its 5th issue at the Detroit Art Book Fair with readings by Stephen Boyer, Abel Shifferaw, Cat Tyc, Jor Kane, Miigun Rotary, & an. cinquepalmi.

Weekday is an annual literary magazine founded in 2008 and publishes new poetry and prose from both established and emerging writers. Weekday no. 5 features poetry and prose by Morgan Vo, Matvei Yankelevich, Gil Lawson, Marjua Estevez, Mïïgun, Sabrina Calle, Timmy Straw, Stephen Boyer, CA Conrad, Guy Petit, an. cinquepalmi, Mel Elberg, Abel Shifferaw, Lara Lorenzo, Masha Tupitsyn, Alexandra Tatarsky, Maia Asshaq, Drew Johnson, Jor Kane, Catherine Tyc, and Lisa Radon.

3rd Annual Detroit Art Book Fair
Oct
17
Oct 18

3rd Annual Detroit Art Book Fair

  • Trinosophes

Join DittoDitto for the 3rd Annual Detroit Art Book Fair. The event will feature art and poetry books from independent publishers and booksellers. This year's Book Fair will take place at Trinosophes in Eastern Market. Dates and times below. 

Saturday, October 17th 12P-6P
Sunday, October 18th 12P-4P

Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

READINGREADING with Chris Hosea

Chris Hosea’s first book of poems, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press 2014), was named by John Ashbery as winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Hosea’s poetry appears in magazines such as Boston ReviewBrooklyn RailThe American Poetry Review, and Conjunctions. His work as artist and curator includes Ode to Street Hassle (Bronx Art Space 2012) and, with Kim Bennett, the forthcoming Transnet (Transmitter Gallery 2015). Hosea works as an advertising copywriter and lives in Brooklyn. For more, visit http://chrishosea.com

 

READINGREADING with Joseph Bradshaw, Jamie Townsend, Brett Price
Apr
5
5:00 pm17:00

READINGREADING with Joseph Bradshaw, Jamie Townsend, Brett Price

Joseph Bradshaw is the author of In the Common Dream of George Oppen (Shearsman Books 2011) and The New York School (which Publication Studio will release early 2015). In 2014 Bradshaw was a writer-in-residence for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space program. He has taught at Portland State University, the School of Visual Arts, and, most recently, Tulane University in New Orleans. 

Jamie Townsend is a conspiracy theorist at Elderly, an emergent hub of ebullience and disgust. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Propositions (Mondo Bummer, 2014), as well as the forthcoming full-length SHADE (Elis Press, 2015).

Brett Price is a poet, editor, and co-founder of American Books.  He’s been a curator for the Friday Late Night Series at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City and the general manager for Ugly Duckling Presse, for which he now serves on the advisory board.  He currently teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Doors at 5pm

This event is free and open to the public!

READINGREADING with Maged Zaher, Tarfia Faizullah, and Chris Tysh
Apr
3
7:00 pm19:00

READINGREADING with Maged Zaher, Tarfia Faizullah, and Chris Tysh

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Please join DittoDitto for this special reading organized in conjunction with the exhibition Detroit to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. This exhibition is on view at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn until July 12, 2015.

Bangladeshi-American poet, educator, and editor Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU 2014) and Register of Eliminated Villages (Graywolf 2017). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Vermont Studio Center, and other honors. Recent poems appear in Poetry Magazine, New England Review, Oxford American, jubilat, and elsewhere. Tarfia is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May.

Poet and playwright, Chris Tysh is the author of several collections of poetry and drama. Her latest publications are Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic (Les Figues, 2013); Molloy: The Flip Side (BlazeVox, 2012); and Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K (United Artists, 2010).

She is on the creative writing faculty at Wayne State University. Her play, Night Scales, a Fable for Klara K, was produced at the Studio Theatre in Detroit under the direction of Aku Kadogo in 2010. She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

Maged Zaher is the author of IF REALITY DOESN'T WORK OUT (SplitLevel Texts, 2014), THANK YOU FOR THE WINDOW OFFICE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), THE REVOLUTION HAPPENED AND YOU DIDN'T CALL ME (Tinfish Press, 2012), and PORTRAIT OF THE POET AS AN ENGINEER (Pressed Wafer, 2009). His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, FAROUT LIBRARY SOFTWARE, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry was published as THE TAHRIR OF POEMS (AliceVlue Books, 2014). He performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and The American University in Cairo. Maged is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.

READINGREADING with Niina Pollari, Paige Taggart, and Rohin Guha
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

READINGREADING with Niina Pollari, Paige Taggart, and Rohin Guha

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Rohin Guha is a writer based just a few towns over from Detroit. His writing has appeared at Jezebel, XOJane, The Toast, and elsewhere. He is an editor at The Aerogram. He's also hard at work on a book of essays. 

Niina Pollari's first book DEAD HORSE is out in print from Birds, LLC, and as an ebook from Emily Books. She also translated Tytti Heikkinen's The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal (Action Books 2013). She lives in Brooklyn. 

Paige Taggart is from Northern California and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is the author of two full-length collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014) and 5 chapbooks, most recently I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). She has her own jewelry line (mactaggartjewelry.com) that specializes in blinging-out poets.

This event is free and open to the public

Poetry Poetry Reading with School of Two
Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

Poetry Poetry Reading with School of Two

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Join DittoDitto in welcoming School of Two; Megan Stockton (NYC) and Patricia No (Portland, OR). They'll be reading from a collaborative chapbook due out later this year. 

ReadingReading w/ Lucy Cahill, Sean Kilpatrick & Amas Muhammed
Feb
5
7:00 pm19:00

ReadingReading w/ Lucy Cahill, Sean Kilpatrick & Amas Muhammed

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Lucy is a writer and illustrator living in Ann Arbor, MI. She currently works as a curator's assistant at the U-M Institute for the Humanities and was recently published in Rookie magazine in December 2014.

Sean Kilpatrick has been published in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Evergreen Review, and many others. His novella, Sucker June, is due out this year.

Amas Muhammad is a writer and future bookshop owner living in Detroit.

Doors at 7pm

This event is free and open to the public!

DittoDitto Fundraising Dinner w/ Lynn Crawford & Jess Hicks
Jan
23
7:00 pm19:00

DittoDitto Fundraising Dinner w/ Lynn Crawford & Jess Hicks

  • 2810 W. Vernor Hwy Detroit, MI, 48216 United States

Join DittoDitto for our first fundraising dinner with a special reading from local author Lynn Crawford. The evening will feature a three-course vegetarian dinner by Jess Hicks of Astro Coffee and lots of wine! All proceeds will go toward matching our Knight Foundation grant. 

Sep
13
Sep 14

2014 Detroit Art Book Fair

  • Trinosophes

Keep an eye out for information re: the 2014 Detroit Art Book Fair. Registration and event submission info will be available so soon! 

Dates:
Saturday, September 13th 12P-6P
Sunday, September 14th 12P-4P

Aug
22
3:00 pm15:00

DIA Library Tour

Join DittoDitto as we take a guided tour through the DIA's library. More information coming soon. 

Warren Defever Presents Sunship Sometimes
Jun
27
8:00 pm20:00

Warren Defever Presents Sunship Sometimes

  • DittoDitto Bookshop

Please join DittoDitto Bookshop in welcoming Sunship Sometimes, a solo performance by Warren Defever.

"SUNSHIP SOMETIMES" is a kind of healing practice using sound as the object of meditation, birds singing in the forest at dawn, bells ringing in the temple, breathing etc. Some mats, blankets and pillows will be available but guests are encouraged to provide their own for this unique meditation experience utilizing harmonium, gongs, stones, analog synthesizer, and mellotron.

"i wouldn't say it was boring or new age, but on the surface it was all the same, just one long note and when he opened his mouth, words came out but they didn't matter and nobody heard them. There were flowers, a candle and a beat that resonated perfectly for one hour or so, I believe most of the audience was asleep." 
- Stephen Stevenson, "Mysticism in Sound and Music," The Michigan Believer, May 6, 2009.

$5 suggested donation.
Doors at 8:00pm

Jun
22
8:30 pm20:30

Film Screening - Beaver Trilogy - Curated by Corktown Cinema

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Beaver Trilogy

Beaver Trilogy is a series of three pieces about the same subject, a
young man from the small town of Beaver, Utah who is obsessed with
Olivia Newton John. The first piece,"The Beaver Kid" is a
docmumentary. The second piece, "Beaver Kid 2" is a dramatic work
based on the documentary. The third piece,"The Orkly Kid" is yet
another dramatic work based on the documentary.

Starring Groovin' Gary as Himself, Sean Penn and Crispin Glover
Directed by Trent Harris

"Of all the films that have ever been or will be, nothing compares to
Beaver Trilogy." – Sundance Film Festival

$5-$15 Suggested Donation