The Neutral Zone in conjunction with the Helen Zell Writers Program at The University of Michigan is pleased to present Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2016 at the Rackham Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016. As always, the evening will be a wonderful celebration of words and ideas featuring Ann Arbor’s spectacular youth poets sharing the stage with nationally renowned writers. The three guest poets this year will be up-and-coming superstars Fatimah Asghar, Chace “Mic Write” Morris and José Guadalupé Olivarez. Admission is $5 for students/$10 general public in advance; and $7 students/$12 general public at the door. To reserve tickets contact Jeff Kass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the featured poets:
Fatimah Asghar, who is currently a student in the Hell Zell Writer’s Program @ UM, is a nationally touring poet, performer, photographer, writer and thinker. Her literary work hovers between prose and poetry, examining fact through a lyrical lens. In her time spent not being the clumsiest person in the world, Fatimah enjoys using different artistic mediums to play with traditional storytelling. Her work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, The Paris-American, The Margins, The Offing, Word Riot, and many others. In 2011, she created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her chapbook After was released a year ago on Yes Yes Books. She currently serves as a member of the teaching artist core for Young Chicago Authors.
Mic Write/Chace Morris is a poet, emcee, educator from Detroit. He is a 2015 Knight Arts Finalist, 2013 Kresge Literary Fellow, 2-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam champion, writer-in-residence with the InsideOut Literary Arts Program & 1/4 of the Hip-Hop collective Cold Men Young. Mic has been featured on Mother Jones & The Grio, his music shared on such popular sites as The Smoking Section and FashionablyEarly, and his poetry published or forthcoming in Freezeray Press, Radius, and Muzzle Poetry Journal. When not writing, he is mastering covers of Prince songs, drinking copious amounts of black tea, and doing everything as Motown as possible.
José Olivarez is a Chicano poet and educator. Born on the south side of Chicago and raised in Calumet City, IL, he is a graduate of Harvard University and a teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors. Jose has taught writing workshops and performed at schools, universities, and poetry slams across the country. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Specter Magazine, The Acentos Review, The Harvard Voice, and Chicago Public Radio.