Third Man Books First Reading at TMR's Detroit Cass Corridor Store

Third Man Books made our first trip to the new TMR Cass Corridor store in Detroit. The night celebrated the book launch of John "Inzane" Olson's new bookzine of record reviews Life is a Rip Off Part One. Joining in the festivities were three poets, a guitar player, and a photographer . . . all Detroiters. And one Southerner. TMB Editor Chet Weise drove his Mustang north from Nashville the day before only to learn quickly of "lake effect" and how badly Mustangs with summer tires perform in Detroit snow. After a night at a the Sleep Inn hotel a few miles from Detroit--thank you Jay and the nice people at the Drift Inn bar for helping Chet find a safeplace for the night--Weise arrived in Detroit the next morning. The event proved to be special and absolutely made the harrowing drive worthwile. First, Weise introduced the night by paying tribute to the poet and, most of all, his friend--CD Wright. She provided a guiding light for TMB during it's inception and played an instrumental role in the publication of the TMB books Language Lessons and Hidden Water. The love and gratitude to Wright from Chet, Ben Swank, and TMB could never be enough. News of her death came as a shock to all of us in the TMR/TMB family. But as Chet said during the tribute, Wright would have wanted the show to go on and for all to experience the energy of truly original voices. The night lived up to expectations. Over 200 attended the event to see the photography of Patrick Pantano (of Dirtbombs), to hear the poetry of Tarfiah Faizullah, Jamaal May, and Jeniifer Nelson, the prose of John Olson (of Wolf Eyes), and the 12 string music of Todd Albright. The reading and music lasted close to three hours with all enjoying libations and the language of music and the music of language. The joy was palpable. CD would've loved the night. It was a beautiful night.

The performers were:

Tarfia Faizullah
Poet, editor, and educator Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in west Texas. She received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Seam (SIU 2014), which U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls “beautiful and necessary,” as well as Register of Eliminated Villages, (forthcoming from Graywolf 2017). In reviewing Seam for Slate Magazine, Jonathan Farmer observes “There is poetry here: our living language pulled into shape by hunger and intelligence.” Focused around a long sequence “Interview with a Birangona,” the book explores the ethics of interviewing as well as the history of the birangona, Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of 1971. Seam is the recipient of the 2015 Great Lake College Association New Writers Awards, the 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry, and the 2015 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. Tarfia has collaborated with photographer Elizabeth Herman, emcee and producer Brooklyn Shanti, and composer Jacob Cooper, and serves as a contributing editor for The Offing. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and lives in Detroit, MI.

Jamaal May
Jamaal May was born and raised in Detroit. His first book, Hum (2013), won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee.May’s honors and awards include a Spirit of Detroit Award, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf,The Frost Place, the Lannan Foundation, and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He is the 2014–2016 Kenyon Review Fellow at Kenyon College and a recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy. May has taught poetry in Detroit public schools and worked as a freelance sound engineer.

Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows and assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She formerly edited poetry at Epiphany and Washington Square Review. She holds degrees from Yale University, New York University, the Courtauld Institute, and Harvard College. Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife is her first full-length book of poems.

John Olson (of Wolf Eyes)

January 14 will launch the zine Life is a Rip Off Part One on third man books written by the one, the only, Thee John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny aka American Tapes aka 1/3 of Wolf Eyes. Eventually to be a full length book, Part One is the first three month installment of what will be twelve months of daily record reviews written in Olson's inimitable slash 'n' dash slanguage: anecdotal, immediate, reasonable and totally baller.

Patrick Pantano (of Dirtbombs )
Patrick Pantano began shooting professionally at a catalog studio in Troy, Michigan, while documenting the Detroit music community there in the early 2000s. His portraits of the bands in Detroit were widely published, most notably the images of The White Stripes, which were used as the sleeve art for the records White Blood Cellsand Elephant. Pantano’s work has been published in music magazines such as Rolling Stone, Spin, and NME. About his new book of photos available from Third Man Books, Pantano says, If You Don’t Have A Picture Then You Didn’t Catch A Fish is not only a tour diary of photos, but also, a photo journal of my life while in The Dirtbombs. There are images from tour, but also images from around tour; before leaving; after coming home; at home trying to figure out what I was going to do next; staged portraits I was working on; snapshots from evenings out; pictures of bands from Detroit. And then of course shows. Hotels, beds, backstages, giant spiders. The images for Fish are shot largely on film and date from 2000–2013.”

Music by Todd Albright

Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style 12-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. An evening’s sonic evocations of pre-WWII Blues covers an extensive selection of material recorded in the 1920's and 30's. Playing the 12 string guitar, Todd brings to life an era composed of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, among others. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia. Todd's newest record, set to be released in january 2016 by jett plastic recordings, features an entire set exclusively performed on the 12-string guitar. The album was recorded at Dakota Dave Hull's Arabica Studios in February 2015.