Lonnie Hull DuPont moved back to her home state of Michigan after living many years in Greece, New York City, and San Francisco. In Michigan she often performs her poetry with musicians which have included pianist Doug Howell and Detroit guitarist Robert Tye. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her poems can be seen in dozens of journals and anthologies. She is the author of The Haiku Box and six chapbooks of poetry.
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Michael Brian Ogden is a resident artist at the Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC), an actor and playwright. He has previously appeared in PRTC productions of The Meaning of Almost Everything, Superior Donuts, White Buffalo, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Corktown, Our Town, Bleeding Red, and more. His plays Bleeding Red and Corktown received their world premeiere productionss at the PRTC and he continues to write and develop new work for the stage.
Peter Leonard is the acclaimed author of five suspense thrillers Quiver, Trust Me, All He Saw Was the Girl, Voices of the Dead, and Back From the Dead. A former advertising executive, in mid-life he decided to follow in his father’s legendary footsteps. As Carl Hiaasen says, “Elmore Leonard is a tough act to follow, but son Peter is off to a terrific start . . . Clearly, great storytelling runs in the Leonard family’s DNA.”
Elmore John Leonard, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 11, 1925. Beginning as an ad writer, Leonard quite work to become a full-time writer in 1961, publishing Westerns, fiction, and screenplays. Having written 45 novels, Leonard has received a myriad of awards including The Raymond Chandler Award, F. Scott Fitzgerald Award, and PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. Multiple adaptations have been made of Leonard’s work including the 1995 movie Get Shorty and Justified, the hit FX show currently in its fourth season.
Thomas Lux has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent work is God Particles. His forthcoming collection, Child Made of Sand, will appear in the Fall of 2012. His collection of nonfiction essays, From the Southland is soon to be released. Currently, he is Bourne Professor of Poetry and director of the McEver Visiting Writers program at the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as on the MFA faculties of Sarah Lawrence College and Warren Wilson College.
Onna Solomon’s writing has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, and 32 Poems, among others. She received her Master’s in creative writing from Boston University, and now lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI. In her free time time, she organizes community art events through the Huron River Arts Initiative (HuRAI!).
Lolita Hernandez is the author of Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant, winner of a 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award. She also is the author of two chapbook collections of poems: Quiet Battles and Snakecrossing. After over 33 years as a UAW member at General Motors, she now teaches in the Creative writing Department of the University of Michigan Residential College.
The Rev. Robert B. Jones has been a champion of American Roots music, with a special emphasis on traditional African American music. Spiritual, blues, work songs, field hollers, country music, folk songs, gospel, and original songs are all a part of his American Roots Music. The Rev. Robert Jones has been performing and recording a unique blend of poetry and music with acclaimed Detroit Poet ML Liebler for almost 20 years across the US and abroad.
ML Liebler is an internationally known and widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He is the author of 13 books including the award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream. Liebler has taught English, American studies, labor studies, Canadian studies and world literature at Wayne State University in Detroit since 1980.
David MacGregor, playwright and a Resident Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre, has produced plays such as The Late Great Henry Boyle (2006), Vino Veritas (2008), Gravity (2010), and Consider the Oyster (2011). Gravity was nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and Consider the Oyster was just named Best New Play of 2010-2011 by the Rogue Critic.