August 2, 2015
My Mutual History with Detroit
Dawn McDuffie’s poems celebrate Detroit as she has seen it through 47 years of intimate engagement. There are poems about neighbors, the homes that are restored to beauty, and the homes that sink into oblivion. Although her poems include some of the tragedies she has witnessed, she insists the city has a beauty all its own. Detroit is at the center of every one of McDuffie’s books, and it is the inspiration for her next book as well.
Dawn McDuffie grew up in Milford, Michigan, and moved to Detroit in 1968. She earned an MA in Humanities from Wayne State University in 1973, and an MFA in poetry from Vermont College in 2003. McDuffie's poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, CT Review, Feminist Studies, and the Paterson Review, and in the anthology, Good Poems– American Places edited by Garrison Keillor. Since 2000 she has taught creative writing in Detroit. Her books, People in My Head, Carmina Detroit, Bulky Pick Up Day, and Flag Day, portray her love and experience with her city, Detroit.
Ms. McDuffie will offer her books for sale during coffee hour, and will donate 40% of the money to our church.