Great people, great ideas, great experiences!
March 28, 2017
Garret Potter is a two time Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Champion and author of Without Reservation, New Book, and HIDE AND SEEK: A Poet’s Memoir, as well as the albums Context and Other Nights Echo. Coming from nine states and Japan, his work has been printed by the city of Portland, Oregon in concrete at public light-rail stations and has also appeared in The Promethean, Christianity Today, Groundcover News, Indiefeed, and the documentary film One Nation Under God. You can find Garret at the library, garden, kitchen, thrift shop, and hardware store learning from people who know how things work. He lives with his son in Michigan where he serves as Slam-master for the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.
Garret has represented Michigan at the 2014 & 2015 National Poetry Slam competitions as well as the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam. He has won slams in Portland, Oakland, Detroit, Little Rock, Spokane, Springfield, and Grand Rapids.
With over 600 performances in well over 200 venues, he has entertained and educated more than twenty schools, Universities and colleges, the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, Ann Arbor Book Fest, Cornerstone, The Seattle Round, the ReSource Arts Conference, the Midwest Literary Walk, and tour stops across North America.
April 25, 2017
Gypsy Schindler has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1996, been published in several books, magazines and websites. She has a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and an MFA from Eastern Michigan University.
Portraiture is one of the oldest traditions within art history and today it is still relevant and pregnant with possibility. I believe that one of the functions of portraiture is to help us learn to connect to each other. The process of looking, being able to search through another’s face, allows us to look longer than would be normally, socially acceptable. This creates opportunity to see others in a less judgmental way.
My portraits are an exploration of the diversity of identity. I am interested in the fluidity of human identity, within the context of race, gender, age, culture, geography and mental or emotional state. As an educator I am aware of the increasing number of people who have an identity, emotional state or current place in life that is not governed by the definite, but instead by fluidity. More people on the planet now than at any other time historically, are biracial or multicultural and grow up straddling 2 or more different sets of norms, feeling as if they do not belong. Portraiture creates opportunity for people to redefine themselves and each other as beautiful and human, instead of flawed or broken.
May 30, 2017
"Portraits of the Mind"
Mark Singer, M.A., the author of books and articles via Punim Publishing, will join us to present our fifth lecture of the season. He has been a professor of communication for 25 years, most recently at Kendall College of Art & Design, where has conducted research on synaesthesia and co-consciousness. He will enlighten us on these concepts - and share with us his insights and his findings that demonstrate these traits occur in artists more often than the general population. He will explain for us and demonstrate, with mostly art - via over 60 hand-drawn portraits. By attending this presentation called “Portraits in the Mind", you will see the first and only study that shows the existence of synaesthesia and co-consciousness.
April 11, 7pm
Favorite Poetry Project
Host & Emcee
The Book Nook & Java Shop
8744 Ferry St., Montague