Event Recap: The Cypher @ The DIA

Last weekend, ten of Detroit’s most celebrated young emcees competed for city supremacy at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This program was one of my last public events with the organization before transitioning into an administrative role.

Check out this great recap video from Sacramento Knoxx, featuring co-host Benjamin Turner:

News: 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship

I am thrilled and humbled to announce that I’ve received a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship through The Kresge Foundation.


This fellowship includes a comprehensive year of professional practice provided by Creative Many Michigan and Creative Capital, as well as an unrestricted $25,000 stipend. The goal of the fellowship is to support artists living and working in Detroit; To elevate the profile of the creative communities in the region.

I plan to use these resources to finalize some old creative projects, start some new creative projects, and give myself the time to reflect on where my work has been and where it can go. I’m also planning to post interesting updates and lessons from this fellowship on this page – so keep an eye out for that.

Performance: June 27, 2017 @ InsideOut Benefit Event

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Benjamin will join Peter Markus in for an evening of poetry and conversation in a historic Boston-Edison mansion. Here’s the Facebook event.

Purchase tickets, here.

Join us for an evening of great literature and stimulating conversation! Wine and cheese will be served.

This event will benefit InsideOut’s School Residencies, which place professional writers in schools to conduct creative writing workshops that engage students’ imaginations and introduce them to the pleasure and power of writing.

You can buy Peter’s new book, Inside My Pencil, about his 20+ years teaching creative writing in Detroit Public School classrooms, here. He also co-edited To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project with Terry Blackhawk, which you can find here.