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Literally: A Reading Series presented by Write A House
December 7 | 7-9pm 

Featuring the work of Casey Rocheteau and Maya Schenwar

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.

About Literally: A Reading Series

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.

ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE is an award-winning journalist, best-selling comics anthologist, and internationally lauded cultural critic based in Detroit. A Fulbright Scholar, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the College for Creative Studies, and has had solo art exhibitions on three continents. With Melissa Mendes, she creates a monthly investigate comics journalism series for Truthout. Her latest book, with Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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