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Emerging Writers Presents: Local Writers LIVE


Wednesday April 12, 2023: 6:00pm to 7:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Westgate Branch: West Side Room


Join us for an evening with five local authors doing short readings from their published works.  Have a chat with an author or buy a copy of their book during the event!

We'll kick off the evening with authors from two books published by the library's Fifth Avenue Press publishing imprint: Bring Your Words: A Writers' Community Anthology by Kathryn Orwig and Dali, Dalai by Rick Solomon.

Meet the authors:

Kathryn Orwig & others will read from Bring Your Words: A Writers' Community Anthology.  Ten authors present essays, short stories and poetry. Wherever the ideas came from, penned and morphed into shape, they’ve found a home here.

Rick Solomon will read from his poetry collection, Dali, Dalai. Using surreal, monolithic poems about nine Salvador Dali paintings as guide-posts, this collection of poetry moves from the dream world through progressive inquire to the spiritual. From the material world to the immaterial world, from association to dissociation, from personal to impersonal, Dali/Dalai is at turns funny and heartbreaking. Richard Solomon is developmental pediatrician, writer, and poet who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Silvana Graf will read from her book It Was Nice to Meet Me Again: Life-Changing Pandemic Insights And Adventures. What do you do when faced with a situation you have no power over? Do you resist, struggle, and let fear permeate your life? Or do you fully accept the limitations life presents and make the best of them? This book is my humble attempt at explaining some introspection work and my actions to maintain my sanity and even thrive spiritually during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.  Born in Lima, Peru - the daughter of a Peruvian mother and an Italian father Silvana enjoys writing poems, prose, and short essays. In addition to writing Silvana has pursued environmental law & policy, photography, interior design, commercial real estate, property management, motherhood, philanthropy… the list goes on.  Silvana feels most at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a place that taught her to love the four seasons and the outdoors.

Francesca De Geronimo will be reading from her book My Smile is My Mask: A Collection of Poems. The collection explores the challenging thoughts that adolescents and young adults often experience. Through the author’s personal experiences, she hopes to enlighten readers about struggles like masking our true emotions from the rest of the world. Francesca is a hard-working, passionate, and dedicated student at UM majoring in psychology, and minoring in writing and community action and social change (CASC). She has a strong and innate passion for psychology and hopes to have a career in clinical psychology.

Monica Hickson will be reading from her first book The COVID Diaries. After losing her fiance to COVID-19 she has become an advocate for the people who have suffered during the pandemic and has written several articles and a book highlighting this turbulent time in our history. You can find her original works and articles on Medium, Zora, The Shadow and several articles in Concentrate. Monica is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) facilitator, writer, and an IT instructional designer at UM. In addition to her current role; she is a diversity facilitator/designer at Saterman Connect, an instructor for WCC, and a writer for The Winter's Group. Monica’s follow-up book He's Not My Type - Prequel to The COVID Diaries came out in 2022.

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press.


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