The funny thing about
literature is that not everyone agrees on what's "good"
and what's not. Literature, like music, is broadly diverse in style
and content. With that being said, I recruited some help to judge
this month's lit section: Michael Dunwoody, a retired adjunct creative
writing teacher from the University of Windsor and Ann Miceli, a writer
and new contributor to thedetroiter.com team. With our considerably
different likes and dislikes, the three of us went through over a
hundred submissions to finally agree upon the four you see here. So
sit back, relax, and enjoy thedetroiter.com..lit section's most talked
about issue to date. - Eric Novack, Editor
of Detroit by Sherrill Alesiak
Massive Retreat by Sarolina Shen Chang
by Ed Haworth Hoeppner
(Love...) by Pryncess r.w. Stylez
About the Authors
Sherrill Alesiak spent fourteen
years writing ads for pet food, tires, fiber optics, and so on. Now
she writes what she would call "
zaps of me, splashing my
own work with that tyrannical red pen." Her poetry, fiction,
photos, and travel articles have appeared in many publications such
as the Alligator Juniper, The MacGuffin, Princeton Arts Review,
Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and 21st Century Newspapers.
Sarolina Shen Chang has been
writing short stories, essays, and poems in Chinese for over a decade.
An anthology of short-short fiction was published in 1993, which contained
forty-one of the one hundred short-short fiction pieces that she had
written and published. Since she has been writing in English she has
been published in the Wayne Literary Review, The Cortland Review,
The White Crow, The MacGuffin, The Poetry Tribe Review Anthology,
and Rose City Poetry.
Ed Haworth Hoeppner started teaching
creative writing and literature at Oakland University in 1988. Ed
has been published in well over a hundred different literary magazine
and reviews (Crazy Horse, Denver Cordially, Colorado Review etc..etc..etc..)
His first book of poems Rain through High Windows was published
by New Issues in 2004.
Pryncess Red Warrior Stylez is
a Detroit native and creator of many things visual, musical, and literary.
Her visual works include chainsaw cut paintings! You can check out
Pryncess' newest artworks at the Johansen Charles Gallery this March
2005. (Located at 1345 Division in the Eastern Market.)