Thursday, July 23, 2015

Detroit Scoops New York!


No, we won't apologize for scoring a minor coup in running with a story that vaunted New York media won't touch.

Read about the matter here.

Note our questions to award-winning writer John Colapinto. He responds with honest opinions rare from one who works at the heart of literary power. You'll not read a stronger interview anywhere.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Street Art and Street Lit

WHY do we sympathize with street artist Shepard Fairey?

Maybe because NEW POP LIT (like its predecessor, the Underground Literary Alliance), was founded by street writers. NPL's current editor has existed by choice OUTSIDE the well-regulated world of letters as long as he's been writing. Via street pamphlets, newsletters, zines, and ebooks. New ideas in any art come first from beneath or outside institutional offices. Innovators don't do business-as-usual. They break the rules.

Right now, Detroit NEEDS its street art-- which adds color and beauty to an ocean of decay and ruin.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Pop Lit Celebrates Baseball!

We're pleased to announce that, to celebrate baseball, NEW POP LIT is beginning a week of celebrating baseball!

We begin this "baseball festival" with a new featured story by Tom Tolnay,
"Baseball Is Truth, Truth Is Baseball."

BUT, to cover the Detroit angle (NEW POP LIT is based mainly in Detroit) we've set up a poll asking, WHICH was the best-ever Detroit Tigers baseball team? Its four World Series championship years are the choices. Be sure to VOTE on the right-hand side of this page.

Thanks! Enjoy the celebration.

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.