Zilka Joseph

Previous Appearances and Engagements:

Ann Arbor Area

Angell Hall, University of Michigan, Hussey Room, Michigan League, U-M, Ann Arbor Book Festival Conference and Readings, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti; Sweetwaters Cafe; Brewed Awakenings; Chelsea Literary Walk 


Scarab Club, Hannan House, Detroit Opera House, Jazz Cafe

Metro Detroit

Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Rochester Hills Public Library, Barnes and Noble, Rochester Hills,  Farmingtom Hills Public Library, Birmingham Public Library, Ferndale Library, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills Arts Center (BBAC); Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), Rochester Hills; Cranbrook School


AJJDC, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Upcoming presentations and/or classes:

Macomb Community College

SOAR Program, Poetry Workshop, Nov 10, 2016


Ongoing Programs

University of Michigan

Guest teacher at psychology professor Ramaswami Mahalingam's classes, working with undergraduate and graduate students in the Psychology Department. An ongoing project using creative writing workshops to help students think creatively, and to write their abstracts in poetry.


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
STEPUP Program, Creative B

A series of creative writing workshops with engineering students, August 3-7, 2015
Readings and Events with STEPUP Students, Aug 5 & 6:
Video of STEPUP student performance on Aug 6

Events 2018

Upcoming Event! Save the date!

It's Ekphrastic!

Reading and reception at WSG Gallery on Main Street, at 4 PM on Sunday, January 21. Sixteen Ann Arbor poets will read work inspired by artwork displayed in WSG gallery.  The art show opens on Jan 2, 2018.


Events, Fall  2017

Sept 10: Kerrytown Book Festival
4:00 pm - Main Tent
"Poetic Musings" with Robert Fanning, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Keith Taylor and Z.G. Tomaszewski moderated by Zilka Joseph

Sept 23: Alpena Book Festival 


Sept 28: Rasa Festival of India, 6:30 pm, Faber Institute: Literary Event featuring Saleem Peeradina, Shri Thanedar and Zilka Joseph.https://rasafestival.org/literary-events/faber-institute-reading/
Rasa Festival in Ann Arbor will happen through September! Film, Dance, Food and more! Do support the events and the nonprofit organization, Akshara who is organizing this festival. https://akshara-arts.org

October 7: Horizon Bookstore in Traverse City, Reading and Book signing, 2-4 pm


November 29: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, 7 pm 

Spring 2017 Events

March 18, 11 am, Women Writers of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (WWAAY) Conference, U-M, Ann Arbor. Reading with lots of wonderful readers. Workshop by Joy Friedler at 9 am--details at:


March 26, 3 pm, International Women's Day Celebration at The Source Bookstore, Wayne State University campus, Detroit


April 20, 7 pm, Bookbound Bookstore, Ann Arbor, with Detroit poet M.L. Liebler


April 23, 2 pm, Nicola's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, along with several contributors to Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology, published by the  Poetry Society of Michigan 


May 21, 7 pm, Reading Series at Franklin Farmhouse, hosted by Diane Decillis


June 15, 7 pm, Motor Signal Reading, Signal Return Press, Eastern Market, Detroit, curated by Literary Detroit


Waterford Township Public Library, Feb 9, 2017, 7-8:30 pm

Reading with Alise Alousi and Cal Freeman http://www.poetry-leaves.com/events

Events 2016

Author's Forum Event hosted by Evans Young 

A discussion of my book Sharp Blue Search of Flame with Lolita Hernandez, author of Making Callaloo in Detroit
Sept 28, 5:30 pm, Hatcher Graduate Library, U-M, Ann Arbor, MI


Wayne State Universtiy Press 75th Anniversary Celebrations, Detroit, MI

Sept 29, 5 pm, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art


Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Harbor Springs, MI
Oct 1, 1 pm and 3 pm. Reading and Panel Discussion with WSUP authors Mary Ann Oomen, Thomas Lynch, Michael Delp


Wellspring Series hosted by poet and professor at CMU, Robert Fanning

Oct 3, 7:00 pm, Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway St., Downtown Mt. Pleasant, MI. 


Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters: Made in Michigan Writers Event

Oct 28, Reading with M.L. Lielbler and Lynn Fay in Grand Rapids, MI. http://www.readwritelive.org/wsup-oct-2016.html

Jewish Book Festival

Nov 13, 10 am, Local Authors, Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor, MI. http://book.jccannarbor.org/schedule/local-authors-2/

Aug 28, 3 pm, Nicola's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
Reading with Ann Arbor poets, Chris Lord and Sue Budin


Celebration of 10 years of the Made in Michigan series, and 75 years of Wayne State University Press!

Panel discussion and reading on May 19, Hilberrry Theater in Detroit, 7 pm



Book Launch of Sharp Blue Search of Flame, sponsored by The Center of Education of Women, University of Michigan

Wednesday April 6, 2016, at 5 pm, Hussey Room, Michigan League


Poets and Pies Detroit: Reading with Terry Blackhawk and Dunya Mikhail

Thursday April 7, 7 pm. Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI

Literati Bookstore; Reading with M.L. Liebler and Michael Delp

Thursday April 21, 7 pm at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor