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Friday, August 27, 2021, 6 pm | Free Event
Face coverings are encouraged, but not required
Aquarious Press Authors Series @ the Scarab Club
An Evening with Carolyn Striho and Friends

Detroit rocker, poet and Grammy-nominated songwriter Carolyyn Striho will read from her acclaimed Detroit (Maiden Energy), with special guest poets  Lindy Lenk, Khary Frazier and John Jeffire. 

Carolyn Striho is a Detroit songwriter, singer and musician whose songs are “from the silver edge of midnight (All Music Guide).” Carolyn was on the Grammy Awards First Ballot 2018 for Best Rock Album, for Afterthought, and she has 11 Detroit Music Awards and a Billboard Award. Carolyn’s alluring vocal delivery and music has hypnotized crowds for years onstage and on her albums. Carolyn is the author of Detroit (Maiden Energy) on Aquarius Press Detroit, a first volume of Carolyn’s poetry and lyrics and stories of growing up in Detroit with a music lifetime. Her book was on the Amazon best new sellers in October 2019 and a best seller at Horizon Books Traverse City and became an audiobook in late 2020.  Detroit (Maiden Energy) has received great reviews from NPR’s Ann Delisi, Billboard Magazine’s Gary Graff, former Metro Times editor Brian Jabas Smith, Hour Detroit’s Jim McFarlin and more. Carolyn’s poetry is featured in the recent anthology Respect: The Poetry of Detroit Music.  She has performed on tour with Patti Smith and with Don Was, Was (Not Was) who were a part of Carolyn’s band Detroit Energy Asylum, and in England with Yoko Ono, Steve Earle, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, and in Detroit with The Slits, The Ramones, Iggy Pop and more. Carolyn’s performed in London and Isle of Wight U.K., Rome and Fiuggi, Italy, Osaka, Japan and Toronto, Chicago, at Lollapalooza, Detroit Jazz Festival, Concert of Colors, Arts Beats & Eats and more.  Carolyn is also a full time high school educator and has two master degrees from Wayne State University (summa cum laude).  From her art rock and punk rock days to her melodic, soulful indie psychedelic music, Carolyn continues to record and perform.

Lindy Lenk is a writer, poet, photographer, film director, and author of the children’s book, Isabella’s Gate. She is a loyal and proud Detroiter who never stopped believing in Detroit’s resilience, enduring heart, entrepreneurial spirit, and strong soul. Detroit is her home, although she has lived and worked abroad, in Athens, Greece, and she loves to travel. Lindy has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in English and a minor in Modern Greek, from Wayne State University. She graduated summa cum laude and received the Distinguished Graduating Senior award for academic excellence. She has won multiple awards for her writing, including the John Clare Award for Poetry and the Tompkins Award for Poetry. Both her poetry and photography have been published by the Wayne State Literary Review.  Lindy attended the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan. She graduated from both the film program and the acting for film program. Her thesis film, Baring Sole, won awards for Best Direction of a Film and Best Cinematography. She worked in the film industry on various feature films and episodic television productions. Lindy continues her independent film endeavors and has directed short films, music videos, commercials, corporate and educational videos. Promised Land, a music video she wrote, directed and edited for the Carolyn Striho Band, was nominated for a Detroit Music Award as Best Music Video. Currently, Lindy works as an instructor at the Motion Picture Institute, as well as a substitute teacher for grades K-12.

Khary Frazier’s intersecting background in Detroit is vast:  Frazier’s depth of understanding of Detroit culture has been most impacted by his experience for over two decades performing hip-hop music, hosting cultural celebrations (Kwanzaa’s since 2007 Juneteenth’s since 2008), partnerships with Alkebulan Village, Focus HOPE, National Association of Black Lawyers, Community Movement Builders, and Broadside Press. A lifelong Detroit artist and activist, Khary is a graduate of Walsh College of Business and Accountancy with a degree in Marketing. Khary currently is the Creative Designer at Creative Differences Marketing in Detroit as well.. Khary hosts the Detroit is Different Podcast, which has received critical acclaim throughout Detroit and is broadcast and followed regularly. Khary’s Detroit is Different brings in the most relevant and fascinating Detroit businesses, people and artists from the area. Khary’s entrepreneurial experience and focus has led to success with his release of several albums of music. If Detroit Were Heaven received great reviews and much notice, as did Khary’s prior releases. He also has worked with many Detroit artists in collaboration. And Khary has taught students in Detroit, and in Metro Detroit. He has performed at many showcases, gigs and festivals in Detroit and has produced many shows in Detroit. Khary’s Detroit is Different Podcast has received critical acclaim and Khary continues to create hip hop music and spoken word.

John Jeffire was born in Detroit. His novel Motown Burning was named the 2005 Grand Prize Winner in the Mount Arrowsmith Novel Competition and 2007 Gold Medalist for Regional Fiction in the Independent Publishing Awards. Speaking of Motown Burning, former chair of the Pulitzer Jury Philip F. O’Connor said, “It works. I don’t often say that, but it has a drive and integrity that gives it credible life….I find a novel with heart.” In 2009, Andra Milacca included Motown Burnin” in her list of Six Savory Novels Set in Detroit along with works by Elmore Leonard, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeffrey Eugenides. His first book of poetry, Stone + Fist + Brick + Bone, was nominated for a Michigan Notable Book Award in 2009. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine called the book “a terrific one for our city.” John’s book,  Shoveling Snow in a Snowstorm, a poetry chapbook, was published by the Finishing Line Press in 2016.  .John recently released a brand new poetry book, Temple for Tomorrows, out on Aquarius Press which is receiving great reviews. A high school English educator as well, John has performed at many spoken word events and shows in Detroit and throughout Michigan, and John’s new book is available for purchase now online and at events in Detroit.

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