Dugdale fancies himself a weather-beaten and somewhat prickly renaissance
man. He teaches creative writing and publishing in the Department of English at
the University of Detroit Mercy even though he holds a Ph.D. in Communications
and Anthropology from Wayne State University. He has written a crime fiction novella,
I Couldn't Care Less and has translated another one, Requiem for Oblivion,
from its original Portuguese (Both published by Black
Moss Press). He is currently at work on
two more novellas.
late 1994, Dugdale founded Atomic Quill
Media, a boutique cultural node dedicated to the production and appreciation
of exemplary works in literature, music and graphic design. Atomic Quill strives
to be an integral part of Detroit's vibrant cultural life.
sat down to talk with him a while back about the publishing world and Detroit,
and then caught up with him later via email to answer thedetroiter.com's famous
Look to our lit
section this month for a short story from Bruce Henriksen, whose book
Ticket to a Lonely Town is forthcoming from Atomic Quill Press. Also, check
out thedetroiter.com radio (techtronica station) for a listen to Atomic Quill
Music artists Francis Rimbert and Kenneth Thomas. (More info here.)
here for almost fifteen years. I teach at University of Detroit Mercy. This is
my town and it's a great one.
I have interest
in books and music and graphic design so I thought why not do something that combines
all three? Atomic Quill was the moniker I used as a graphic designer so I used
that as the name for the company a quill can be used to draw or write but
a needle also goes through a record groove. Alas, the literary scene is much different
than the music scene. You almost need a split personality because each sphere
attracts particular kinds of people with very interesting ambitions and agendas.
IS THE FUTURE OF DETROIT?
it is now, Detroit is a black American city. Those are the people that live here
en masse and have been living here since the riots almost forty years ago.
you get a real sustained and substantial wave of economic and ethnic diversity
in the city, people in the suburbs will stay away. They won't commit to living
in the city which is a real shame. At the same time, when they do commit to the
city, they will expect services that they are accustomed to in the suburbs. Watch
for heavy conflict at the polls between those who have no problem electing guys
like Kwame Kilpatrick and those who would have no problem having him and his ilk
banished from the planet.
IS THE FUTURE OF
a great place to do business. Detroit has enormous cultural cachet in the world.
We are located in a major population area with great access to other big cities
like Toronto and Chicago
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