As a member of the Motown Writers Network, I look forward to our monthly meetups. The amount of information and support that I get from my fellow writers is enormous. We also spend a huge amount of time networking at these meetings resulting in powerful collaborations.
April is our poetry month so we decided to invite our friends and literary cousins Poetry, Pages, and Scribes to our monthly meetup. We also had the pleasure of Ber-Henda Williams, host of the YouTube show “B in the City” who is also a powerful poet in her own right hosting it. As an added bonus, the representatives from poetry power plants Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe and Manila Bay Cafe were present. The host of the newest poetry venue 1917 American Bistro made sure it wasn’t left out. It was cool to have Detroit’s best writers, poets, and the venues that have shown us love, together in one place. This doesn’t happen often. This was shaping up to be the biggest literary gathering since our Literary Jam and Conference last November!
At the halfway point of the meetup, a massive networking session ensued. Poets and Writers exchanged business cards and ideas in a flurry of chatter. Many of us were already fans of each others work, but today, we had the opportunity to express our appreciation for each other’s work and discuss opportunities to create together. We also shared our struggles with the creative process as well, new bonds were being formed among Detroit’s top literary minds. There was a powerful positive energy in the air and it charged every body in the room! A few of the poets even blessed us by performing some of their stellar pieces: including our gracious host.
When the meeting ended, the networking resumed and many of us hung around to forge bonds and friendships. After talking to a few people, I found myself pinned against a wall admiring the scene. Detroit is in dire need of a shot in the arm. Something that could raise the spirits of its citizens and get them through these dark days. That shot may come from the artist assembled here; and many here in this cafe are up to the challenge.
This Saturday morning in Detroit may go down in history as the start of the new Detroit Literary Movement.
Just remember that you hear it here first! Holla if you hear me!