Literally, A Reading Series (ongoing)

Literally: A Reading Series, presented by Write A House

Housed at the historic Scarab Club and presented by Write A House, Literally: A Reading Series brings journalists, poets, cartoonists, novelists, and other writers together in Midtown Detroit. Like the term for which the series is named, Literally may offer tangible, verifiable facts or outrageous, fanciful claims. Hosted and curated by cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore, and formerly housed in her Write A House home, previous readers have included Jessica Campbell, Matt Fogarty, Nandi Comer, and Jennifer Nelson. The series features local, national, and international performers sharing longer works in an intimate setting. Readings are informal, fun, and designed to entertain non-writers and writers alike. The purpose of Literally is to nurture the growing literary community of Detroit. To this end, appropriate beverages will be served, and interested writers of all backgrounds, skills, and interests are encouraged to send along work for consideration at a future event. Please bring cash for books or book-related merchandise, or to donate to the beverage-and-travel fund.


November 16, 2017: Koja & Kraus

Two masters of the macabre—who also happen to be delightful folks—share recent work on long-dead figures who haunt us to this day. (Actually, one of them is more of a zombie.) Join your host Anne Elizabeth Moore and fiction writers Kathe Koja (Christopher Wild) and Daniel Kraus (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch) for a chilling evening that will still be less terrifying than anything you can see on the evening news. Free hugs after.

DANIEL KRAUS has landed on Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of 2015, won two Odyssey Awards, and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist, and more. His work has been translated into over 15 languages. With Guillermo del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Next, Kraus and del Toro co-authored The Shape of Water (Fall 2017), the movie version of which will be released in theaters in December 2017.

KATHE KOJA is a novelist, playwright, performer, director and independent producer whose work crosses and combines genres. Her novels—includingThe Cipher, Skin, Buddha Boy, Talk, the Under the Poppy trilogy, and Christopher Wild—have won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. She creates performative fiction events, both solo and with an ensemble of of creative artists: Gltter King, adapted from Marlowe’s EDWARD II, is upcoming in 2018. She’s globally-minded, and based in Detroit USA.


December 7, 2017: Schenwar & Rocheteau

Two of the most gentle souls in the literary biz also hold two of the fiercest voices, and they will be reading their own work together, in Detroit, for the first time this December. Join your host Anne Elizabeth Moore, Maya Schenwar (Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better), and Casey Rocheteau (The Dozen) to be moved to rage, gratitude, and response in the space of a single night. Don’t worry, there will be wine on hand.

CASEY ROCHETEAU is a Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellow who lives in Detroit. They are the editor in chief of Heart Online Journal and their second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016. Their writing has appeared in Apogee, The American Academy of Poets, Day One, The Offing, LitHub, Barnes and Noble Review among others. They are the creator of the Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot Deck, which has been displayed at Cranbrook Museum of Art and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

MAYA SCHENWAR is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, co-editor of Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States, and Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others, and is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, the Women’s Prison Association’s Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship. She is a prison abolitionist, and organizes with the Chicago-based groups Love & Protect and the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Previous to her work at Truthout, she was Contributing Editor at Punk Planet magazine and served as media coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is based in Chicago, and in her free time, she goes to karaoke, reads novels, and manages the Twitter account of her cat, Zams, who is leading the cat movement to abolish prisons, police, walls, doors, and vacuum cleaners.