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Award-winning, internationally published poet, author and activist Writer L. Bush publishes under the pen name WL Bush. He has worked in the literary field for more than fifteen years. He won the Barrett Award® for his seminal work, “The God’s Eye Spider” (1998). As a freelance journalist in Cape Town, South Africa, he garnered televised attention for investigative articles he wrote on police corruption and civil rights (2004). Bush is also an essay contributor to Tonja Bagwell’s anthology: Step Into My Shoes: Expressions From The LGBTQ Community (2011).
He is a social and community activist who helps beautify abandoned Detroit homes using large-scale wheat paste photos of people in the neighborhoods of those homes, is a former union organizer with SEIU and Acorn, and was one of the founding members of Occupy Detroit. He is a proud member of Michigan Welfare Rights, MECAWI, and the Moratorium Now movement to end home foreclosure in Michigan. Within these organizations, he has personally helped to occupy homes for the homeless and government reorganization for those in need.
His latest novels, KILL SWITCH (2007) and SHADOWS IN THE SUNLIGHT (2008) are featured in the Wayne State University African American Literature Special Collection, and he is working on his third novel/fourth book: HANNA VALENTINE (due May 2013).
Bush also ghostwrites, copywrites, edits and independently publishes poetry, books and novels of all genres, and it is attached as editor to SWAGGER: The Truth And The Lies Behind The Michigan Fab Five (due March 2014).
Bush posts updates, upcoming appearances, and novel excerpts at http://www.wlbush.com
Bush has been the host of SPirit SPit (Live Acts & Open Mic!) for two years and is the former host of the Detroit area literary/musical events: The (infamous) Drunken Muse and Thistle Crown Affairs. See info and photos albums on facebook at http:///www.facebook.com/writer.bush
1. Featured Poet, ML Liebler Presents…., Music Hall/Jazz Café, May 30, 2013, Detroit, MI.
2. Featured Poet, Fukushima (Fuku2) The Continuing Disaster, a Peace Nick production, March 2013, The Phoenix Café, Hazel Park, MI
3. Featured Poet, The Musing Series at the Scarab Club – February 2013, Detroit, MI.
4. Featured Poet, Nandi’s Knowledge Café, Highland Park, MI – January 2013.
5. Scheduled Speaker/service recipient, United Community Housing Coalition, dinner/fund-raiser – November 2012, International Institute, Detroit, MI.
6. Co-Host/Organizer/Performer, One Hundred Thousand (100,000) Artists For Change, Global Concert – September 2012, Spirit of Hope Church, Detroit, MI.
7. Co-Emcee/Organizer, Earth Day with Joe Kid & The Sedition World Orchestra – April 2012, Spirit of Hope Church, Detroit, MI.
8. Featured Poet, Occupy Detroit’s Six-Month Anniversary – April 2012, 5900 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI.
9. Featured Author, Coffee Arts & Entertainment – April 2012, Biggby Coffee, Detroit, MI.
10. Guest Host, Musing Poetry Series – March 2012, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI.
11. Host/Producer, SPirit SPit (North) – January thru March 2012, AJ’s Music Café, Ferndale, MI.
12. Featured Poet, Springfed Arts at the Lido Gallery – January 2012, Birmingham, MI.
13. Op/Ed Column Writer, subject: “Occupy Detroit” – January thru March 2012, MICHIGAN CITIZEN.
14. Host/Producer, Cultural Event for the MLK Day Rally (2012) – January 2012, Detroit, MI.
15. Featured Poet, Woodward Line Poetry Series – December 2011, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI.
16. Featured Poet, Musing Poetry Series with Ann Holdreith – October 2011, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI.
17. Host/Producer, Thistle Crown Affair – August 2011 thru January 2012, Thistle Coffee House, Detroit, MI.
18. Featured Poet, Wednesday Night Jam Featuring Sky Covington & Friends – July 2011, Hunter House, Detroit, MI.
19. Featured Poet, Poetic Travelers – June 2011, Lawrence Street Gallery, Royal Oak, MI.
20. Starring Role as “Todd,” Mocha Monologues3 – May 2011, Virgil Carr Center, Detroit, MI.
21. Poetry Judge, Free Flow Poetry/Michigan Spring Book Festival, Poetry Contest – April 2011, Laurel Park Place, Livonia, MI.
22. Featured Poet, Koinonia Café – March 2011, Detroit, MI.
23. Slam Poetry Judge, Roses And Revolutions Poetry Slam – February 2011, University of Detroit.
24. Featured Author, Coffee, Arts & Entertainment (Live Ladies of Literature) – February 2011, Biggby Coffee, Detroit, MI.
25. Featured Poet, SPirit SPit, February 2011, Spirit of Hope Church, Detroit, MI.
26. Host of SPirit SPit (Live Acts & Open Mic!) – February 2011 thru present, Detroit, MI. Voted Best Venue For Spoken Word & Poetry In Detroit 2012: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/best-venues-for-spoken-word-and-poetry-readings-in-detroit/
Contact Writer L. Bush regarding novels, poetry and speaking engagements at: (248) 837-9592, email@example.com or at his websites: http://www.wlbush.com, http://www.facebook.com/spirit.spit and http://www.head167.blogspot.com. Bush, who has done a number of local televised and radio interviews over the years, resides in Detroit, Michigan but sees the world as his home.
This member has not published any books.