Poetry Night

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 7:00pm

All Locations

28th Street
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Okemos - Meridian Mall
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos, MI 48864

We are delighted to celebrate the launch of Imbibe The Air, Judy Brice's new full-length poetry collection. She will be joined by several other local poets; Charlie Brice, Linda Nemec Foster and M.L. Liebler. 

This event will be LIVE on Facebook. See the event here: https://www.facebook.com/schulerbooks


Embracing the sky, imbibing the air-these are the tools Judith Alexander Brice has chosen to grapple with illness and pain. "Think of robins, their trill of shine," she urges us, in our battles to combat hardship, time's suffering. This collection, in lyrical free verse, is a depiction of the author's fierce efforts as she holds on to nature's hope and beauty in the face of her own pain and loss, and nature's "errant tides." Yet, she assures us, "time moves on, blossoms/ to peach-[even] tugs on all yearnings yet to come."


Judith Alexander Brice is a retired Pittsburgh psychiatrist whose love of nature and acquaintance with  llness informs much of her work. She has had over 80 poems published in journals and anthologies, including The Golden Streetcar, Voxpopulisphere.com, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Magnolia review.com, The Piker Press and Annals of Internal Medicine. On two occasions, Judy received awards

in The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, sponsored by The Paterson Literary Review. Judy has authored four poetry books: Renditions in a Palette and Overhead From Longing, Imbibe the Air, as well as (a chapbook) Shards of Shadows: A Covid Diary. The last two books are forthcoming in the next three months.  Her poem, Mourning Calls, from her second book, Overhead From Longing, was set to music by Tony Manfredonia, and can be heard on his web- site: https://www.manfredoniamusic.com/mourning-calls.

Charlie Brice is the winner of the 2020 Field Guide Magazine Poetry Contest and is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (2016), Mnemosyne’s Hand (2018), An Accident of Blood (2019), and The Broad Grin of Eternity (2021) from WordTech Editions as well as a chapbook, All The Songs Sung which will appear in May, 2021. His poetry has been nominated for the Best of Net anthology and twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in over 150 journals including The Atlanta Review, Chiron Review, Impspired Magazine (UK), The Sunlight Press, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Paterson Literary Review and elsewhere.

Linda Nemec Foster is the author of eleven collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry), Talking Diamonds (finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year), Living in the Fire Nest, and The Lake Michigan Mermaid (2019 Michigan Notable Book). Her work has been published in numerous magazines and journals: e.g. The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Quarterly West, Witness, New American Writing, North American Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Verse Daily. She has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize and awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, National Writer’s Voice, Dyer Ives Foundation, The Poetry Center (NJ), and the Academy of American Poets. From 2003-05, she served as the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2019 she was the poet-in-residence at the Academy of Technology and Humanities in Bielsko Biala, Poland. Her new book, The Blue Divide, will be published in April of 2021 by New Issues Press (sponsored by Western Michigan University). Foster is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas college in Michigan.

M. L. Liebler is the author and editor of over 15 books. His new anthology, co-edited with Jim Daniels, is Respect: Poets on Detroit Music (Michigan State UP, 2020) which was just named a Michigan Notable Book. Liebler’s Record Store Day Special Album with Al Kooper entitled The Moon:A Box (2021). memoir Hound Dog:  A Poet’s Life of Rock, Revolution & Redemption will be published in 2022. He is the Director of The Detroit Writers Guild and the host of many different series in Detroit and online. He has taught at Wayne State University since 1980. He received a PEN/Oakland Award in 2018 and the 2020 Michigan Humanities Art Leader in Michigan Award. (www.mlliebler.com).