Acclaimed poet to read from his works and discuss his new film on campus Oct. 11

October 2, 2006

DEARBORN / Oct. 2, 2006---Acclaimed poet and Detroit native Jim Daniels will give a poetry reading on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

ďAn Evening with Jim Daniels,Ē which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1030 of the campusís College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building. A reception will follow.

Preceding his talk, UM-Dearborn will run free, continuous screenings of his short independent film Dumpster from noon until 5 p.m. in Room 1227 of the campusís University Center.

Daniels wrote, co-produced and filmed Dumpster, which revolves around the strange relationship between Jim, a maintenance worker at an elite university, and Francis, a privileged fraternity brother who has begun hanging out in the dumpster behind his frat house.

Daniels also directs the creative writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Having grown up in the working-class suburbs of Detroit, his poetry tackles the complexities of race and class in the Motor City.

ďHis early work in particular centers on the frustrations and dehumanization of industrial and post-industrial U.S. as well as the joys of working-class culture and family life,Ē according to humanities Prof. Bill DeGenaro, who is coordinating the event.

Danielsí visit is presented by UM-Dearbornís College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; Department of Humanities; the Honors Program; and the Student Activities Office in collaboration with Lyceumís Visiting Writerís Series.

For more information about the event, call DeGenaro at 313-583-6383 or e-mail


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakersí views.


CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn