May 25--"A Detroit Anthology" is a new collection that promises "Detroit stories for Detroiters."
Edited by occasional Free Press contributor Anna Clark, it features more than 60 pieces, including journalistic stories, essays, poems, art and photography. Included are works from some well-known Detroit names (social activist Grace Lee Boggs, writer-filmmaker-activist Dream Hampton, poet-scholar M.L. Liebler) and up-and-comers, too. Its contributors' ages span eight decades.
The topics covered are just as wide-ranging: There's an in-depth look at the past and present of the Joe Louis Arena site, a remembrance of a controversial imam, a profile of a Detroit AIDS activist and personal essays that look at the city with romance and confusion, delight and dismay.
Today the Free Press is featuring four selections from the book. Their perspectives and topics couldn't be much different, but they all share a deep connection with the city.
Read the exclusive excerpts
-- 'I'm From Detroit'
-- 'Playing Ball'
-- 'Gas Station on Second Street, Detroit'
-- 'When the Trees Stop Giving Fruit'
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