Monday, August 1, 2011

Broadside Press Writers' Retreat Aug 18-20, 2011

Hi Everyone, my new book is out!
Here is the schedule for the Broadside Press Writers' Retreat:


In 1921, DuBois spoke of Idlewild in the NAACP Crisis:

For sheer physical beauty, for sheen of water and golden air, for nobleness of tree and flower shrub, for shining river and song of bird and the low moving whisper of sun, moon, and star, it is the beautifulest stretch I have seen for twenty years; and then add to that fellowship—sweet strong women and keen-witted men from Canada and Texas, California and New York, Missouri and Illinois—all sons and great-grandchildren of Ethiopia all with the wide leisure of rest and play, can you imagine a more marvelous thing than Idlewild.

You are cordially invited to attend the third Broadside Press Writers’ Retreat in Idlewild, Michigan, the third week in August from Thursday, noon, until Saturday evening for some rewarding sessions of readings, book signings, discussions, fellowship and camaraderie among and with fellow writers and friends.

For several years, Broadside Press has been involved in the community revitalization efforts of this nationally designated historic area, popularly known as “Black Eden.” It is a cultural landmark, having served as a recreational, social, and intellectual retreat for W.E.B. Dubois, Madame C.J. Walker, Charles Chestnut, Zora Neale Hurston, Robert Williams, Louis Armstrong, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Joe Louis, Langston Hughes, and many others…

2012 will mark the centennial anniversary of Idlewild. Broadside Press intends to join with in the world wide recognition and celebration of this incredible historic landscape. You are welcome to help us plan for next year’s Centennial celebration while participating in this year’s writers’ retreat.

Broadside Press will mark its 47th year anniversary in concert with the Idlewild Centennial celebration in 2012. Your VOICE is welcome as we pay respect to those whose contributions helped shape and re-shape the cultural fabric of this nation and the world. Our retreat will nurture the creativity and expression of writers who will contribute similarly for the generations to come.

Please fill out the form below. The retreat registration fee of $35.00 does not include travel and housing arrangements. The retreat will be held at the Henrietta Summer Senior Center. 723 E. Lansing St. (231) 745-4011.

Conference Rules & Safety
As a condition of attending the conference, attendees must agree with all terms and conditions and be aware that the conference will take place in a natural wooded environment where wildlife is present; if an attendee chooses to leave the immediate supervised area while in Idlewild, Broadside Press will be not be liable for any injury and/or loss sustained. It is strongly recommended that attendees wear comfortable clothing and shoes (not sandals) and bring a carry-on chair for sitting outdoors.

Idlewild Writers & Poets Conference Registration Form
(Mail Completed Form to BROADSIDE PRESS, PO Box 02011, Detroit, MI 48202 Attn: Idlewild Conference)
Name_____________________________ Phone_____________________________
Emergency Contact Phone:________________________________________________

Conference fee for three days is $35.00

Highlights of the retreat include: Poetry / Writing workshops and feedback; August 18th Registration; August 19th- Aurora Harris will read and sign her new book of poetry Solitude of Five Black Moons; August 20th- Dr. Gloria House will read and sign Home Sweet Home: Idlewild Families Celebrate a Century; Al Ward will facilitate a session to generate ideas for the 2012 Idlewild Centennial Celebration.

Retreat Schedule: On Aug 18 & 19 workshops and meals will be at the Henrietta Senior Center.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. : Registration at the Henrietta Summer Senior Center 723 E. Lansing 231 745-4011
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. : Welcoming Reception
8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Open Mic
Friday, August 19, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Broadside Press Institute of Cultural Studies Writing and Discussion
12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.: Idlewild Historical Tour and Lunch at Williams Island
1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.: Broadside Press Institute of Cultural Studies Open Forum
2:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.: Presentation by Poets and Feed back or Personal Time
5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.: Aurora Harris Reading and Book signing of Solitude of Five Black Moons at the Henrietta Summer Senior Center 723 E. Lansing St 231 745-4011
6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m: Dinner
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Reading of BSP Institute Writings
Saturday, August 20, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m: Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m- 12:00 p.m.: Facilitator: Al Ward. Generate ideas for Centennial.
12:00 p.m.:- 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Poetry Workshop
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Idlewild Writers Presentation
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Dr. Gloria House Reading and Book signing of Home Sweet Home: Idlewild Families Celebrate a Century at Morton’s Motel 6389 Tacoma Drive 231-745-2611
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Dinner. Outdoor Bar-B-Que
7:00 p.m.:- 9:00 p.m.: Open Mic Poetry


Morton’s Motel 231 745-7773 6389 Tacoma Drive
Paradise Lake Motel 6534 TAMPA P.O. Box 374 IDLEWILD, MICHIGAN. We are located in the historic city of Idlewild, in the tranquil splendor of the Manistee Forest. For reservations call 231.745.9695 or 734.752.3208 Single Room $55 Suite $85 * Open May thru November.
Afi's Heart Lodging Idlewild (313) 938-6018
Holiday House Idlewild (231) 745-3431 or (231) 750-2479
Idlewild Resort Motel Idlewild (313) 862-3150
Jane Grant: Idlewild (313) 372-4279
KYLES' ACRES: Idlewild [231] 745-3991
Williams Court Idlewild (231) 745-7546
AREA ACCOMMODATIONS for Idlewild and Lake County:
Afi's Heart Lodging Idlewild (313) 938-6018
Alpine Motel (231) 745-2875
Aunt Kate's Place (231) 745-8846
Baldwin Creek (231) 745-4401
Big Star Lake Trailer & RV Resort (231) 898-2458
Blueberry Patch Motel (231) 898-6036
Bucks Court Resort (231) 773-4965
Burger's Hideaway (231) 898-3589
Cloud 9 Cabins (231) 745-3070
Day Star Motel (231) 745-2111
Dream Catcher Motel (231) 745-4779
GFK Enterprises, Inc. (231) 745-7745
Grant's Resort (231) 266-5679
Holiday House Idlewild (231) 745-3431 or (231) 750-2479
Idlewild Resort Motel Idlewild (313) 862-3150
Additional information for accommodation by day or week for rooms or houses, contact Idlewild Chamber of commerce 231-745-4742. www.iaacc.


  1. How much can you consume?
    To suck the life of this American dream
    Do we dally in despair kissing the lips of a capitalistic witch
    Or suck her saggy Statue of liberty tit
    Into a a new nation building bogus oblivion
    How much can you consume?
    Let's just buy the world
    Let us just invade blindly
    Collateral damage is the call of the day
    The invasions will not be correctly televised
    Children maimed ..eyes blown out
    All for the profit of a few thirsty few
    And so I know vampires do exits
    Warlords spilling too much blood
    Too much blood on the ground
    Seeping into the water
    Tyrants drink this water and post profits
    We drink this water and inherit angry spirits
    This is why in this so called great land of dreams
    We have many incarcerated
    We have many under medical and corner store influences
    We in America fail to understand that blood on the ground
    Leads to brackish water...
    Mother earth pushing tsunamis to clean up the casualties
    But we can forget about all that over our store bought cappuccinos
    So fucking fucking tasty
    Like the the smell of the breath of a dying child
    Ducking tomahawks missiles tasting blood and madness
    We as a world have become God's madmen
    Profit is the cal of the day at any cost
    We invade Afghanistan looking for Osama Obama
    Or something close to a fictional facsimile
    Meanwhile back at home more heroin floods city streets
    With Afghan poppies grown like a virulent strain of common stupidity
    Unrighteous death ...the sweet syringe of human euthanasia
    Free money is free money when you have a kick ass army
    Mindless munitions who fail to understand
    There is too much blood on the ground
    Seeping into a the wanton spirit of greed
    We should know better..we should have learned
    Wilma Mankiller knew..
    And expressed the spirit of the ghost dance
    Unless America atones for Native annihilation and hatred
    We are doomed to repeat the same on bloody foreign soil
    Being a father in love with his three daughters
    I can only hold disgust for our pecuniary policies
    Like Chrissie Hind said...owning that much of the bloody third world
    The babies just come with the scenery
    Collateral damage prosthetic nightmare as we swill their blood
    Under a flag which is tattered and torn but sewn into
    Every coat, suit and dress of Illuminati madness
    There is too much blood on the ground from these wars
    Wars of the seeps into the ground
    And the water remembers as the untimely dead walk in anger
    Restless voyagers or demons..they all die in vain
    As we cut tax payer profits for a government
    A government who has lost it's way
    Our tired ..poor and humble masses
    May rise up and reset this American computer
    Walk across your suburban manicured lawn
    Don't read about the war atrocities
    Flip over to the TV page
    Drive that SUV into another bailout
    ..Our insurance companies waits to save us all
    Sin is a liquid...blood in the water
    Too much blood in the water

  2. This poem was written and submitted by another local Detroit poet.