Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Digital Event

Presented in partnership with Northwestern University Press, PEN America invites you to a virtual reading celebration of Nandi Comer’s new poetry collection, Tapping Outon Saturday, May 16th, 3pm Eastern time on PEN America’s Facebook page. 

The relentless motions and blinding colors of lucha libre, the high-flying wrestling sport, are the arresting backdrop to Comer’s new collection. Mexican freestyle wrestling becomes the poet’s lyrical motif, uncovering what is behind the intricate masks we wear in society and our search for place within our personal histories. Comer’s poetic narratives include explorations of violence, trauma, and identity. The harsh realities of being migrant and immigrant, being birthright and oppressed, are as hard-pressed as the plancha move to the body. Each poem in Tapping Out is a “freestyle movement” of language and complexity put on full display, under the bright lights and roars of survival. Comer’s splendid and barbed Detroit style of language melts the masks with searing words.

Comer will be joined by Detroit poets Tommye Blount and Aricka Foreman. Both of these poets will read from their respective forthcoming collections and will join Comer to celebrate the book, talk about putting together their respective collections, and discuss the larger Detroit literary community in a conversation moderated by poet Tarfia Faizulla. 

To join, visit PEN America’s facebook page at facebook.com/PENamerica. 

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City of Detroit Government

May 11 at 4:00 PM · Public

Mayor Mike Duggan announced that the City’s commitment to affordable housing resumes, as construction will pick back up on six projects across Detroit that will add more than 170 affordable units, plus shelter beds and supportive housing.

Work on the developments, consisting of a total of 370 new units, had been delayed because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Contractors will be required to follow the City’s COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards for Construction Sites, including testing, workplace distancing, mandatory use of facemasks and thorough sanitization of worksites and vehicles. The workers will receive free testing.

The Six sites continuing construction are
  • Parker Durand, 8003 Kercheval, at the corner of Van Dyke.
  • Sugar Hill, 119 Garfield, at the corner of John R.
  • COTS Peterboro, 26 Peterboro, just west of Woodward.
  • The Sanctuary, 3300 Mack, near Gratiot.
  • The Marlborough, 910-1031 Marlborough.
  • Midtown West, Fourth and Selden.

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Eastern Market Partnership

May 8 at 5:30 PM · Public

Flower Day 2020 will not be happening in the format we all know and love. However, we are working on safe alternatives for flower shopping throughout the remainder of the flower season.

We are currently working to create an online ordering platform to launch on Sunday, May 24th where you can pre-order from our flower growers for pick-up at the market a few days later.

In addition, on May 24, May 31, and June 7, our Facebook page will be hosting live stream shows spotlighting our flower growers. We’ll feature what they have available to purchase online along with tips for your garden.
We continue looking for ways to host safe in-person flower shopping in accordance with the current Stay Home, Stay Safe ordinances. If this is possible, we will make it happen and share more details when they are solidified.

Flowers are currently available for purchase in-person at our weekly Saturday Market from 6am-4pm! We encourage you to shop at this market for any immediate flower needs.