The second Saturday of every month is sacred to a group of writers in Detroit. Each second Saturday, the Motown Writers Network get together, Network and share in our creative struggles. Some of us stay after. It is then that we really commune with our literary brothers and sisters. Some of the most interesting conversations between writers happen at this time. One particular Saturday, the conversation gave birth to a magnificent event. We often talk about engaging Detroit’s youth. This time we committed to making it happen!
We were tired of seeing our young men in the news for all the wrong reasons. This time, we are going to do something about it. We want to inspire the next generation of male writers. We want to promote literacy. We want to encourage the young men in our community to read more to elevate themselves above violence. To write their feelings instead of take them out into the streets. Some young men have poetry in their souls and don’t realize it.
Jwyenza Michael Collins, Editor and Publisher of Scribblers, Screamer, and other Word Slingers Magazine (SSW Magazine) spearheaded the Real Men Write initiative. Along with the Motown Writer’s Network, a program has been put together intended to inspire and enrich the lives of all young men that attend. Mr. Collins believes that the only way to inspire young men is to show them Real Men. On June 8th, SSW Magazine and the Motown Writers Network present: REAL MEN WRITE. The most talented male writers in Detroit will be assembled at Barnes and Noble on the Wayne State Campus, located on Warren & Cass in Detroit. The Writers include: Walter O’Bryant, Eddie Connor, Jesse Cole, Khary Turner, Shaka Senghor, Yusef “Bunchy” Shakur, and poet extraordinaire Caesar Torreano. Each writer will share his journey and accomplishments, as well as his own thoughts on the state of literacy in our community. There will also be a Q&A segment where you can feel free to ask our panelist anything you want!
Real Men Write begins promptly at 10AM. Get there early, seats will fill up fast! If you have a young man in your life, bring him down! Or just come by yourself and get acquainted with our community’s top male writers. Real men do indeed write and on June 8th, SSW Magazine and Motown Writers Network will be happy to show you a few! Holla if you hear me! I take that back… GO IF YOU HEAR ME!!!!