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April 3, 2020

5-6 pm – Scarab Club Member Event
6-7:30 pm – Poetry and Music Event – Free and open to the public

A Collaboration Between Aquarius Press and the Scarab Club
National Poetry Month Celebration Detroit
Live Poetry & Music in Midtown

Internationally-acclaimed poet, educator and activist Lupe Mendez will give a reading Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Scarab Club in Midtown Detroit. Mendez is a recent recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters John A. Robertson Award for a First Book of Poetry. Several Detroit-area poets will also appear, including John Jeffire, Brian Gilmore, Leslie McGraw, Kahn Santori Davison and Qiana Towns. The event’s theme is “Poetry & Music,” and will also feature three poet-musicians performing live: Tracy Kash, a Detroit Music Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Carolyn Striho, a Detroit rock legend, and Thomas Galasso, Detroit Public Schools teacher and bassist.

Currently on a national tour, Mendez will share how his in his work reflects his Texas roots as well as the Mexican state of Jalisco. “I am the son of an undocumented Mexicano and a Southern Tejana,” said Mendez. “My work remarks on issues from the political to the emotional in a way that intends to connect with both the novice reader to the pro poetic writer.” The founder of Tintero Projects, Mendez works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region and co-hosts INKWELL, a collaborative podcast that spotlights regional, national and international Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo and currently serves as the Literary Outreach Coordinator for Poets & Writers Inc. for Houston. Mendez has shared his poetry across the country in places such as the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Jung Center, MECA (Houston, TX), the Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts (San Francisco, CA), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM) and the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, TX). Honored as one of the Houston Press’ “Creative 100s,” Mendez was awarded the Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for the defense of Mexican American Studies and literature across the Southwest United States.

“The Scarab Club is pleased to co-host this event,” said MaryAnn Wilkinson, Executive Director. “It aligns with our goal to increase the Scarab Club’s literary offerings throughout the year.” The event is hosted by Heather Buchanan, owner and publisher of Aquarius Press, which has published several Detroit-area poets and writers. Her national division, Willow Books, publishes many of the nation’s top poets and writers of color. A Detroit native, Buchanan hosts national and international literary events, but has been showcasing Detroit talent for over 20 years. The National Poetry Month Celebration Detroit is free and open to the public.

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