Friday, June 5, 2009

Court, Spark & Fire


During these perilous times a group of people are going to put what little collective sanity they have left on the line and do something for Detroit. As a written and spoken word artist I can barely think more highly of these folks although I do question whether maybe as Joni Mitchell said they ". . . got into the vodka one night.”

There is no literary journal in Detroit specifically geared to the art of and about Detroit. While we have many writers here among us, a few fine examples can be found in my blog roll, most every one who wants to put their work up for publication has to send it somewhere else or submit it through the ether of copper cables and broadband servers to somewhere else.

Soon though there is going to be a new place for Detroit centric writing. While it will be an internet journal there will be a limited print run as well.

The editorial staff has written word in its blood, they have tendons and sinews of photography and graphic design ergo the new journal will of course be on the hunt for photography and graphics that tell the world about Detroit. I don’t think it is a necessary function for you to live here in order to have an opinion or idea about what Detroit is. The editorial staff will be looking for your thoughts about what you THINK Detroit is, how your image of Detroit makes you feel and whether it is based on experiential knowledge or hearsay.

Detroit is many things to many people, to those of us who live here it is one thing, them who left another, and to them who have come here from somewhere else and stayed, it is now home. We want to know what it is to you.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the birth of an idea who's time has arrived the:

Motor City Burning Press
23210 Greater Mack # 105
St. Clair Shores MI 48080

It is expected that all of the ironing and folding will be done by the beginning of the fourth quarter of the year and this new shirt will be ready to wear by October. I suggest that you who have the propensity for contests and seeing your name in the winners circle start heating up your own iron and begin to stroke your material. Soon the call is going to go out for submissions. Wouldn’t it be a fine thing to be the first writer published in the first edition of a new venture in publishing?


  1. Good luck with this venture! I wish you the best!

  2. Hey Scott,

    Thanks for the support! Great post, Mark! Here we go . . .

  3. To quote Pete Townsend..."I'm in tune, right in tune."

  4. Bird is the word and this spring the word is hot.

  5. This is gonna be GOOD! Very exciting new venture that I will be checking out. Love the "Jspot"ish layout!

  6. This is beautiful. I look forward to reading it all.


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