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Matthew Olzmann

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

I left Detroit for a few weeks to go back to Massachusetts. It’s the third time I’ve been outside of Detroit since moving, and in many ways it was the strangest journey, because I was gone longer than before, and I was returning “home” home to where I grew up. For most of the time I was away I was on Cape Cod, and while I was there in part to see family, I was also attending a week-long workshop at the Fine Art Works Center in Provincetown. The workshop leader also happened to be Matthew Olzmann, who is from Detroit, and has lived in Hamtramck for many years.

Community vs. Competition

What makes a literary community? This question is one that has been posed to me many times over, and I have some difficulty answering it, to be honest. Part of this comes out of a certain squeamishness I have around the word community. It is a slippery word to me because of the way it’s used. There’s a sense in which it is used to mean a neighborhood, or a section of a neighborhood where people share similar cultural markers, and I find that much easier to parse than the more broad uses of the word i.e. “the black community”, “the LGBTQ community” etc.