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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Janisse-Barlow


What the? I am going to be a small person in a very big room flanked by some very great writers. Come see how small I am in a big beautiful space! I will be officially launching my tour of Thicket at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), and cannot believe how tall the ceilings are there! Wow!

Joining me will be Leto Rankine, Anna Vitale (all the way from NYC) and Lynn Crawford. I honestly cannot wait to see what they will read for us. It will all be magical, promise. Come! This Sunday, September 22nd @3pm. Hosted by the most excellent Sarah Rose Sharp, who promises to make things up on the spot for those without bios.

Leto Rankine is the Special Events Manager at MOCAD as well as a poet and artist in his own right. He didn't get me a bio on time, and so I just get to say whatever I want here. Leto is am magical unicorn, and one of the best spoken individuals that I know. I am honoured to be sharing a stage with him.

Anna Vitale is the author of Our Rimbaud Mask and Detroit Detroit. Recent writing has appeared in Ear | Wave | Event and CounterYou can find a conversation between Anna and Judah Rubin at A Perfect VacuumShe lives in Tivoli, NY and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Fiction writer and art critic Lynn Crawford is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2016 Rauschenberg Writing Fellow. Her books include Solow, Blow, Fortification Resort, a series of art-related sestinas, Simply Separate People, Simply Separate People, Two and Shankus & Kitto : A Saga. Her work appears in various anthologies (Oulipo Compendium, Fetish, Brooklyn Rail, , Fence) and journals (Art in America, Infinite Mile, Detroit Research, Hyperallergic, Tema Celeste, McSweeney’s, Lilies and Cannonballs, Parkett, Bookforum, Metro Times). Her forthcoming book, Paula Regossy,, a cross-genre novel fusing detective story, literary fiction, and art criticism, will be published by Trinosophes, Detroit in Jan, 2020. She lives with her family north of Detroit.

Sarah Rose Sharp is a Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist. She writes about art and culture for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, ArtSlant and others.

Sarah was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Art Criticism and is a 2018 recipient of the Rabkin Foundation Prize. She is a guest lecturer at several universities in Southeast Michigan and served as a mentor in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program in 2018. Sarah has served as guest curator and juror for institutions including Penn State University (State College, PA), Scarab Club (Detroit, MI), The Terhune Gallery (Toledo, OH), and The Ann Arbor Art Center (Ann Arbor, MI). Sarah has shown her own work in New York, Seattle, Columbus & Toledo, OH, Covington, KY, and Detroit—including at the Detroit Institute of Arts—with solo shows at Simone De Sousa Gallery and Public Pool. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research into the state of contemporary art in redeveloping cities, with special focus and regard for Detroit.

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