Lit in the Mitt

Lit in the Mitt
Lit in the Mitt
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Happy May, awesome-Awesome Mitten readers! As the old adage goes, this month will (hopefully) bring a break from the April rain and blooming blossoms a-plenty. But for those near Detroit, this May also brings an exciting opportunity to be immersed in the Motor City’s literary culture. Throughout the month of May, an alliance of Detroit organizations is presenting the first Lit in the Mitt Month, hosting a variety of free or low cost events to highlight Detroit’s rich and diverse cultural community.

Within the broad Detroit arts community, literary events often don’t receive the attention that they warrant. The organizations behind Lit in the Mitt intend to change this, bringing the Motor City’s literary culture to the forefront. With author events, book swaps, poetry readings, literary talks, and

Lit in the Mitt
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more, Lit in the Mitt events put a spotlight on this richly talented, yet often untapped community.

And since all events are open to the public with little or no cost to attend, this campaign to promote Detroit literature encourages all to attend. Several of the Lit in the Mitt events are even geared toward the engaging Detroit’s youngest readers (such as the Mothers Read Out Loud event on May 17th). And while bookworms are welcome, the events will definitely be accessible to all; though all events will features a literary theme, not all are even necessarily book-related, instead simply celebrating writing and

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creativity.

Indeed, the partners presenting Lit in the Mitt Month are organizations that promote the Motor City’s creative community year round. Participating groups include Wayne State University Press, Literary Detroit, The Book Club of Detroit, Book Beat, Nerd Nite Detroit, The Detroit Drunken Historical Society, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, and more.

If you would like to be a part of building and promoting Detroit’s literary and cultural community, check out the list of events for Lit in the Mitt Month. Are there any events that you’re excited to attend? Any Detroit literary staples that you think are missing from May’s list of events?

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Hi, all! A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Awesome Mitten creator Alex Beaton at one of my favorite Michigan landmarks: Michigan State University. Aside from my indulging Spartan roots with trips to East Lansing, I spend most of my time watching movies, cooking, hanging out with my family, and counting down the days until summer, when I can spend a few more days on any of the beautiful lakes of Michigan. Email me at: hayley@awesomemitten.com