Motor Signal is a monthly reading series involves an activity of literary co-creation between performer and audience. The 2017 Series Kickoffs on February 16th @ Signal Return (7p – 9p) 1345 Division St, Ste 102, Detroit, Michigan 48207 featuring Mic Phelps and Casey Rocheteau with hosts Cornetta Lane and Brent Smith. The Motor Signal Reading Series jolts the poetry reading out of its conventional form. It is a monthly literary showcase that launched in February 2014, curated by Literary Detroit and hosted at Signal-Return, a letterpress studio in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Motor Signal invites local poets to read their work, but it goes beyond a typical poetry reading by involving the audience in an activity of literary co-creation.

Mic Phelps got his start in the underground rap battle scene of Detroit. He is a prolific writer and recently released his alum The Grand Design II. He is one-fourth of the hip hop collective group, Cold Men Young. He recently released a new music video for his Grand De$ign project, “Keep It Running,” and featured on the The Milo Show. His lyrical prowess and rapid-fire raps set him apart from so many local rappers.

Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod, and raised as a sea witch. Winner of inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014, Casey has attended Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. They are a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit and editor-in-chief at Kinfolks Quarterly and Heart Online Journal. Their second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016. Motor Signal’s 2017 season will be from February through June. Each month has a new theme.

Sponsored by Literary Detroit and housed in Signal-Return’s gorgeous space, Motor Signal will serve as a new hub for a literary community in Detroit. Literary Detroit’s mission is to cultivate Detroit as a literary city, ignite the imaginations of readers, and create meaningful on-the-ground connections between readers and writers. It was founded in December 2012, with lively spirits of all kinds at Motor City Brewing Works.

Motor Signal is grateful for support from the Knight Foundation. RSVP on Facebook:

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