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43rd Defining Detroit Event Features Award-Winning Author and Poet Jim Daniels
February 24

DETROIT, MI, February 7, 2017—Continuing its nearly two-decade tradition of bringing internationally-renowned authors and scholars to its campus, Marygrove College will again welcome author and poet Jim Daniels at its 43rd Defining Detroit event on February 24, 2017. Daniels will read from and discuss his most recent collection of poetry, Rowing Inland. The reading begins at 7 p.m. in Denk Chapman Hall of the Madame Cadillac Building. This event is free and open to the public.

“We’re honored to welcome back Daniels, who was the college’s first Defining Detroit speaker in 2000,” says Marygrove Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English Dr. Frank Rashid. “His work about the experiences of working class folks is both candid and moving; it is exciting to watch the audience, particularly students, respond to his stories.”

Daniels has published nearly thirty works including short fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.

With this event, Daniels will celebrate the release of his most recent collection of poetry, Rowing Inland. This collection and others will be available for purchase.



The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies, founded in 2001, promotes interdisciplinary study of the City of Detroit through academic credit and continuing education courses; online resources; lectures, readings, exhibits and performances; research activities and visiting scholar programs. It also offers workshops, programs and presentations held on campus and throughout the metropolitan area.


Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

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