Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Writers' Well



Doing a reading soon with my two buddies, Mark Durfee and Jim Tomlinson. Love both of these guys and their wonderful writing! Durfee made me turn in a bio note and threatened me with writing it for me if I didn't produce. So here it is. Happy Saturday everyone!

Michelle Brooks was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, home of many a rattle, coral, and diamondback snake and like Durfee, is old enough to remember The Gong Show but has always longed to be on Queen for the Day. At 27, the age Janis Joplin died, she moved out of the desert into the promised land of Detroit and has remained here forever despite the strange Twilight Zone fact that she has not aged a day. Her work can be found in many a pretentious literary journal (the ones with excellent taste) and her first full-length poetry collection, Make Yourself Small, is scheduled to be published by Backwaters Press.

Benedictions and Maledictions
Much love to all those grieving today for losses from nine years ago.

6 comments:

G said...

A very cool bio.

Lana Gramlich said...

Well done. Makes me realize just how stagnant my own is...

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like an interesting person. maybe I'll read some of her poetry!

jodi said...

Michelle, I could enhance that bio by saying that you are an extraordinarily Tiny girl with the beautiful legs and coolest dresses. xoxoxo

the walking man said...

hahahahahahaha I turned it in with only one change.

Michelle Brooks PhD, was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, home of many a rattle, coral, and diamondback snake and like Durfee, is old enough to remember The Gong Show but has always longed to be on Queen for the Day. At 27, the age Janis Joplin died, she moved out of the desert into the promised land of Detroit and has remained here forever despite the strange Twilight Zone fact that she has not aged a day. Her work can be found in many a pretentious literary journal (the ones with excellent taste) and her first full-length poetry collection, Make Yourself Small, is scheduled to be published by Backwaters Press.

It seems that your PhD trumps the MFA's I kept seeing behind peoples names.

I'll forward the response soon.

Mark C Durfee is old enough to remember The Gong Show and regrets that he was never a contestant. Durfee has written more than three thousand pieces of poetry and published a few, including two chap books. Black White and Blue in Detroit and Stink: Prose and Poetry of Detroit 2005-2009. He is currently working on two more books and spends his free time being marinated by one of his two dogs and hounded by the other. He’s been with the same woman who has put up with him for almost thirty years even though he still doesn’t wash the dishes. A life long resident of Detroit he blames his love for poetry on his grandmother, Catherine, who read him Guest, Frost and Sandburg instead of fairy tales when he was a wee lad. His goal is to outlive everyone else on the planet and so far he is succeeding at it.

Anonymous said...

You're doing a reading, Michelle! I wish I was there to hear you. I know you'll be fantastic! Miss you. xo, Jill