Jim Daniels participated in his second Detroit Midtown Literary Walk on Saturday, September 21, during which he read from his new collection Birth Marks (BOA, 2013). In a Grosse Pointe Times (C&G News) feature, Daniels called the event line-up "particularly lively and impressive." The second annual Midtown Literary Walk took place at the Wayne State University campus in Detroit, Michigan, where some of the best regional authors of prose and poetry shared their own work. "As a writer," said Daniels, "I want to reach as wide an audience as possible, so events like this offer a great opportunity. I also enjoy the camaraderie of being around the other writers and seeing old friends." Though it has been almost three decades since Daniels lived in Detroit, the poet continues to feel a strong connection to the city in which he was raised: "No matter where I go, no matter where I physically live, I am emotionally connected to Detroit," he said. "I've definitely found this to be true with Detroit in the (national) news so much. I find myself getting defensive when people make simple judgments about the place, when we all know how complex it is." A poet of the working-class and city streets, Jim Daniels’ Birth Marks travels from Detroit to Ohio to Pittsburgh, from one post-industrial city to another, across jobs and generations. Daniels focuses on the urban landscape and its effects on its inhabitants as they struggle to establish community on streets hissing with distrust and random violence. Click here to read the full Grosse Pointe Times feature. To purchase your own copy of Birth Marks, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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