Monday, June 15, 2015

Preview of Our Sneak Preview!

At our table at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, beginning this Friday, we will have a limited number of copies of a preview printing of NEW POP LIT #1, which contains striking work by a number of writers-- as well as a dynamite cover by Detroit artist Alyssa Klash.

Shown is a glimpse of that cover.

(See the interview with AMC at for more information on the event.)

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Kathleen Crane's book of stories, Aloha From Detroit, has been released and is now available as an ebook via Amazon's Kindle Store:

The new book is sponsored by New Pop Lit and this blog.

The title story is about Detroit's edgy punk scene in the 1980's. You have to read it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Making Sense of Detroit"


An essay written in 1999 by David M. Sheridan, "Making Sense of Detroit," for Michigan Quarterly Review, is more relevant today than when it was written;c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0038.301;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1;g=mqrg

Sheridan outlines the cycles of Detroit's history, from dystopia to utopia. It's hard to think of another American city which in little more than 200 years has had such exhilarating highs alternating with devastating lows. Detroit has been knocked down more than once. This is always followed by dreamers seeking to impose their vision upon the ruins. Which is certainly happening now. Whether this is bad or good is open to discussion.

I have a selfish reason for recommending Sheridan's essay, in that it describes an essay of my own about Detroit-- one which seems no longer available, but must be archived somewhere. I'm mentioned far down in the body of the long piece, not as a writer, but a bartender, which I take as a compliment. Do I have credibility to speak about Detroit? My essay; Sheridan's remarks; my own history are evidence that in some small way, I do.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Classic Movies in Detroit?


Detroit has classic movies, shown on the big screen in actual movie theaters. Detroit Literary has seen in recent weeks "White Christmas" (possibly the corniest film ever) at the Redford Theater on Lahser Road, and "The Apartment" (a truly moving flick) at Cinema Detroit on Cass Avenue.

NEXT UP: The witty and cynical "All About Eve" this weekend at the Redford; starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and George Sanders, with a brief appearance by Marilyn Monroe. Expect DL to be there!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Detroit Writer Celebrates!

Detroit-area writer Kathleen Crane celebrates her nomination by NEW POP LIT ( for a Pushcart Prize.

Stay tuned for her upcoming collection of stories, Aloha from Detroit. Guaranteed to be exciting!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Detroit Writers Wanted!

AS CO-EDITOR at the hottest new literary site around, New Pop Lit ( my mission is to help discover exciting new writers. Writers with artistic ambition, energy, and edge. Writers who want to join us in reviving literature.

Can the much-beaten down but recovering and soulful city of DETROIT and the talent it contains help us do that?

THAT, Horatio, is the question we seek to answer. Send us your writing to and your art to

Join us in creating the New New!