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Magic Bean Cafe and Lounge (5789 State St., Saginaw) hosts Noisemakers, January 7, 2011, 7-9pm

Featured reader is Dan Schell, who will be followed by open mic for music, poetry, spoken word, and comedy. Prizes. Free admission.

Saginaw Valley State University (Malcolm Field Theatre for the Performing Arts) hosts Martin Luther King Day Celebration, January 12, 2011, 7pm

Chairman and CEO of Graham and Associates, Stedman Graham, author of the best-sellers You Can Make it Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make it Happen: Nine Steps to Success, will be the keynote speaker at this event. Free admission, but tickets are required.

Court Street Gallery (417 Hancock St., Saginaw) presents Poetry Event, January 21, 2011 at 7pm

John Beer's first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, was published by Canarium Books in April 2010. His work has appeared in Verse, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Crowd, and elsewhere.

Ish Klein is poet and self-taught film and puppet maker. She is an alumna of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and her films have played at festivals around the world. Canarium Books published her first book, Union!, in 2009 and will publish her next book, Moving Day, in early 2011. A longtime resident of Philadelphia, she now lives in Amherst.

Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. His translation of Mexican poet María Baranda's Ficticia was published by Shearsman Books in September 2010, and his first book of poetry, Campeche (with photographs by his father, Van Edwards), is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2011. He's currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and he lives in Berkeley.

Creative 360 (1517 Bayliss St., Midland) hosts a book launch, January 21, 2011 at 7pm

Jim Crissman will read from his debut novel  Root Cause: The Story of a Food Fight Fugitive, in which Bruce Dinkle becomes obsessed with eating only local food. After alienating his family by enforcing a strict locavore and urban agriculturist lifestyle, he abandons them by bicycle on a quixotic quest to learn where food comes from.

In addition to reading from his novel, Crissman will trade poems with fellow Midland writer John Palen. Food, wine, reading, and a book signing. Admission: $8 members, $10 non-members. 

Art Reach  (111 East Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant) hosts Wellspring Literary Series, January 24, 2011 at 7pm

Jeff Vande Zande  is the author of the novella and story collection Threatened Species (Whistling Shade, 2010). The novella portrays a father and son who, with limited time together before life changes separate them, take to the Michigan woods. Midland author Vande Zande has published two previous novels, Into the Desperate Country (March Street Press) and Landscape with Fragmented Figures (Bottom Dog Press).  Also a poet, his verse has appeared in Rattle, Spoon River Poetry Review, College English, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. 

Ken Meisel, a poet and psychotherapist, was born and raised in Detroit. His poetry has appeared in more than 60 journals. He is the author of three poetry collections: Sometimes the Wind (March Street Press, 2002), Before Exiting (Pure Heart Press, 2006) and Just Listening (Pure Heart Press, 2007). In his latest book of poetry Beautiful Rust (Bottom Dog Press, 2009) he presents visions of decaying Detroit. Profits from this most recent book will benefit the Inside Out Literary Arts Project in Detroit.

Court Street Gallery (417 Hancock St., Saginaw) presents Last Friday, January 28, 2011 at 7pm

Christine Hume is the author of three books of poetry—most recently Shot (Counterpath, 2010)—and a chapbook with CD, Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008). She is coordinator of the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University, where she hosts Poetry Radio and BathHouse Events, a performance series.

Arra Ross is the author of Seedlip and Sweet Apple (Milkweed Editions, 2010). She grew up on a communal farm in Minnesota and attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, where she earned her BA in English. She completed her PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and currently teaches creative writing at Saginaw Valley State University. Her work has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Alimentum. Ross' poems have also been featured on Verse Daily and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day.

Chey Davis is the author of Collection (Binge Press, 2009). She works as an Assistant Professor of English at Delta College.