Jessercise with the Good Tyme Writers Buffet on Saturday. The group reads in the Jessercise Gymnasium at its new location right in the Public Pool — a full out art-installation built by Hamtramck’s Jessica Frelinghuysen. The program begins at 7 p.m. on June 22.
Six writers are slated to consider junk food, delicious food, exercise in all its forms, the futility of exercise, Sisyphus with his big rock and bigger hill, what it means to be thick, to be heavy, to be husky, to get your “beach-body” ready, the glories of mastication, and the beauty of beer. Organizers recommend all get dressed in Lycra, find a Champaign bottle between the knees, pie in hand, and a bag of chips with a big bowl of creamy dip.
ALSO THERE’S THIS: If you bring a dish for the potluck, you get two minutes on the floor (just two timed minutes) to read your own fun fat food stories. Yes! Please come! Bring food, and bring something share—a poem, a short, short, short story.
Come hungry. Come thirsty. Bring food! It’s a potluck! Plus, DJ Sweet Lew will kick it on turntables.
- Aubri K. Adkins
- Jessica Frelinghuysen
- Melissa Grunow
- Melissa F. Kaelin
- P.F. Potvin
More about the Readers:
Aubri K. Adkins is a writer based in Detroit, MI. She has had memoir published in Gravel Magazine, Memoir Mixtapes, and Stirring: A Literary Collection, as well as fiction published in the Tusculum Review. She believes in the power of Jessercise.
Jessica Frelinghuysen is holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her sound installations have been shown at The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art and at The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and other national venues. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and has also been awarded artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, Sculpture Space in New York, and Santa Fe Art Institute. She lives in Hamtramck, Michigan, the subject of her current work. Jessica goes to the gym regularly and loves all kinds of food, including the healthy kind.
Melissa Grunow is the author of I DON’T BELONG HERE: ESSAYS (New Meridian Arts Press, 2018) and REALIZING RIVER CITY: A MEMOIR (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which won the 2018 Book Excellence Award in Memoir, the 2017 Silver Medal in Nonfiction-Memoir from Readers’ Favorite International Book Contest, and Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, Two Hawks Quarterly, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and listed in the Best American Essays notables 2016 and 2018. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University.
Melissa F. Kaelin is a writer and artist with a passion for nature and the night sky. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including City Pages and Minnesota Monthly. Her poetry was published in The Aurorean, and her short story featuring the Milky Way was published in Still Point Arts Quarterly. New to Michigan, she studied creative writing at the Esalen Institute and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Her first novel is currently under consideration by the New York City talent agency, Writers House. She holds a B.A. from Miami University, Ohio.
P.F. Potvin is not a household appliance. He’s the author of the prose poetry collection The Attention Lesson. His work has appeared in Boston Review, PBS NewsHour, PANK, MiPOesias, Passages North, An Introduction to the Prose Poem Anthology, Poets & Artists magazine, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and co-hosts Frog Island Readings in Ypsilanti, MI.
Steve Hughes hosts the Good Tyme Writers Buffet. He writes and publishes the zine Stupor. His book, STIFF (Wayne State University Press, 2018) collects many of the stories he’s read at previous Writers Buffets.