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The Five-Fingered Mitten: A Michigan-ish Reading

February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

Kevin Killian hosts a special historic reading featuring five writers with ties to Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Visiting writers and current Michiganders David Kuhnlein and Addy Malinowski will be joined by local writers and ex-Michigan residents Kellie Nadler, Yalitza Ferraras, and Amy Berkowitz.

About our writers:

According to his friends David Kuhnlein’s work is “disgusting”. He coaxes unconscious material to the surface by dangling his body like a worm above the page. His recent collection of essays titled Anything but Surgery explores the relationship between sexuality, disease, chronic pain, and surrender. David Kuhnlein is a writer, filmmaker and farmer living and working in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Some of his work can be found on his blog: cryoutinanimals.tumblr.com

Addy Malinowski is a noise musician and poet from the Detroit area. Addy would like to think he’s investigating intersecting affective realities of addiction, social-disease, and memory in his work and would like to thank his friends and fellow creatures the trees, birds, and land-mammals for their sustained generosity & love.

Amy Berkowitz is the author of Tender Points, the co-organizer of Sick Fest, and the host of the Amy’s Kitchen Organics reading series. In 2014, she was the inaugural Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan where she won a Hopwood Writing Award; this is likely the first time she’s mentioned her MFA in a bio. She moved from Ann Arbor to San Francisco almost seven years ago and has no regrets.

Yalitza Ferreras was recently a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. Her writing appears in Best American Short Stories, Colorado Review, and the anthologies: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan where she won the Delbanco Thesis Prize, and is the recipient of fellowships from Djerassi Resident Artists, the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and Voices of Our Nation. She was raised in New York and the Dominican Republic, and currently lives in San Francisco where she is working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Kellie Nadler is a somatic writer and artist whose work can be found in the Oaken Transformations Art and Sculpture Walk, Oxford Magazine, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, and the Rukeyser Living Archive. She’s a non-traditional educator, working to bring students’ social and emotional needs into classroom learning. She’s taught incarcerated women, college students, at-risk teens, and illiterate adults. She was teaching creative writing at Eastern Michigan University before she decided to uproot and move to the East Bay, where she’s been living for the past couple of months.


February 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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