There is a unique dynamic between the written and spoken
word. In reading aloud what is written down, in its horizontal and linear construction, in expressing verbally what the most basic form of communication is, the speaker becomes more than just a reader, but a Storyteller. Something magical happens when there is a release of words from the page utilizing our voice. In the age of media, of solitary observation of screens and the silent withdrawal of the individual to read, we forsake our common unifying bond, the communal splendor of a campfire. The hearth of human civilization revolves around the fundamental communal gathering and always is the Storyteller in the center.
With each Storytelling Series event, Book Suey will present a local writer/author to speak, to tell us a story, invite us to experience a piece of their world, their vision -- illuminating something we were unable to see before.
Join us on April 13th and April 20th at 2 p.m. for the next installment in our series. We are excited to welcome local Storytellers, Lynn Crawford (April 13th) and Julien Godman (April 20th).
Fiction and arts writer Lynn Crawford is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2016 Rauschenberg Writing Fellow. Her work appears in various
anthologies (Oulipo Compendium, Fetish, Brooklyn Rail, Fence) and journals (Art in America, Infinite Mile, Detroit Research, Hyperallergic, Tema Celeste,
McSweeney’s, Lilies and Cannonballs, Parkett, Bookforum, Metro Times). Most
recently she contributed a story, “TNW and Me” to The-N-Word, a monograph on African-American painter Peter Williams edited by Ryan Standfest, and an essay to Detroit, The Dream is now, a collection of photographs of art, food and design by Michael Arnaud (Abrams Books). Her books include Solow, Blow, Fortification Resort, a series of art-related sestinas, Simply Separate People, Simply Separate People, Two and Shankus & Kitto : A Saga. Her newest novel, Paula Regossy, is forthcoming spring, 2019, from Trinosophes, Detroit. Lynn earned a MSW from New York University and has worked in various psychiatric, community, hospital, museum and school settings. She lives with her family north of Detroit.
Julién Godman is an Armenian-American creative, Detroit born and raised on the road. Often jumping from project to project, his ‘day job’ strongly reflects his nomadic upbringing. He is a freelance writer, public relations professional and nonprofit consultant. And is the creator and owner of the Tonic & Juice™
brand, which distributes its own organic herbal tea line, and caters special
Over the last five years his writing has morphed from page poetry, to food critic, to the arts, to travelogues. His latest work Andanzas, Vol. I., Friends continues his travelogue style often combining observations in the present with things in memory and imagination. His short works tread the line between creative non-fiction, social criticism, and fictional prose.
We will have more information here on our upcoming storytellers soon. So check back in!