Ceasar Torreano’s Venue Shout Outs!!!!


I have a deep love for Detroit Poetry. Our poets go hard like no other! Experiencing Detroit poetry live is a must!! That’s why I have asked good friend and powerful poet in his own right, Ceasar Torreano to give Holla If You Hear Me the weekly rundown of venues where you can experience Detroit Poetry live! Don’t forget to pick up his latest book of romance poetry entitled “The Caking Chronicles”!

Here are my venue shoutouts for the whole week in the Detroit area.

MONDAY Neo Minds, No Words Bared Open Mic @ Coffee Shop, Arts & Entertainment from 8pm to 11pm Location: 1464 Gratiot, Downtown Detroit, Michigan 48207

Boundless Expressions Open Mic @ The Phoenix Cafe from 9pm to 2am Location: 24918 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI


5 E Gallery The Foundation Open Mic from 8:00pm to 2:00am Location: Cass, off of Forest, Detroit, MI

LIV open mic poetry from 9pm to 1am Location: 641 Beaubien St, down the street from Greektown Casino, Detroit,


1917 American Bistro Open Mic from 8pm to 12am Location: Livernois right off Outer drive, between 7, & 8 mile.

Open Mic Jam with DJ L.Boog from 9pm to 1am Monthly series

THURSDAY They Say’s open mic with host Katrina Storm from 7pm to 11pm Location: 267 Jos Campau off of East Jefferson

Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe with host Caesar Torreano from 9pm to 12am Location: 12511 Woodward, off of Glendale 1/4 mile from Davidson, Highland Park, MI

FRIDAY Rhyme and Reason open mic from 9pm to 12am every second & fourth Friday bi weekly series Location: 9226 Kerchval, Detroit, Every

Spotlight Open Mic at Manilla Bay Cafe from 9pm to 12am Every first & third Friday bi weekly series Location: 4731 Grandriver, off Warren, Detroit, MI


Peaceful Poetic Places from 6::30pm to 10pm, every 2nd Saturday

Allure & Soul at Club Ambiance Ultra Lounge from 8pm to 10pm Location: Shelby, off Congress, Downtown, Detroit

SUNDAY Spirit Spit @ Spirit of Hope starting @ 5pm, Monthly series, Location: 1519 Martin Luther King Jr.Blvd, Detroit, Michigan

There you have it and Thanks Ceasar!! Check Ceasar out at Namdi’s Thursday nights and pick up his book “The Caking Chronicles” ASAP! Holla if you hear us and DETROIT POETRY!!!

– K. Greene ft. Ceasar Torreano

Detroit’s Best Writers and Poets Unite

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!

-K. Greene