and Published Works

Nashville, 2021

In this episode, we learn everything there is to know about writing in every single medium that exists. And we create a plan to save Detroit from the evil grasp of Quicken Loans.

Chicago, 2021

An interview with Molly Gunther for VCL, Chicago.

Detroit, 2020

Join us on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. for an online discussion of TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM with Zuri McWhorter Janet Webster Jones, owner of Source Booksellers and Author Tawana Petty of Petty Propolis.

Brooklyn, 2019

One on one interview with CBJ Editor-in-Chief, Tamara Buross Grisanti

Detroit, 2019

Poet/screenwriter/visual storyteller Zuri McWhorter shares about touring Western Europe with her high school band class, and studying literature as a college student in Ireland.

Detroit, 2018

"Today I've got a Pulitzer-winning novel that I eyed many times back when I worked at a bookstore, but only decided to buy a few months ago. I've also got the second poetry collection from an artist I met at the inaugural Detroit Festival of Books (Detroit Bookfest)." -Deela Sees 

Image by Luis Cortés

Published Works

Featured Poem


by Zuri McWhorter

The faculty and staff of Penumbra stand in unity with our Black communities, who have long been the victims of systemic racism, violence, and murder. We are outraged by the police brutality our Black communities face and we support the efforts of protesters to reveal and rebuke the legacies of white supremacy from our core national ideologies.


Featured Poem

"Rhythm City Alchemist"

by Zuri McWhorter

Fade To Grey is a groundbreaking new book project by Washington, DC based author and music historian Adrian Loving. This book explores gender identity, art, music and fashion from the late 70s through the 80s. Included in the book are rare photographs, ephemera, album covers, print media and stories about New Wave, Punk, Hip Hop, Club Culture. These stories are told through interviews and essays about David Bowie, Prince, Grace Jones, Ron Hardy, and more.


Historical Short Fiction


by Zuri McWhorter

A historical flash fiction piece that follows a nameless young girl as her curiosity takes her down to the bayou. She sees, she hears things she could have never imagined.


Exhibit Reiew & Interview

Shoot To Thrill: Picturing Identity In Detroit Dance Music + Emerging Artist Bree Gant says, "Black Women are the Future"

In 1984, Black Art became the International Review of African American Art (IRAAA), as the publication was broadening its focus to include the visual art of African-descended people throughout the Americas. One of the special issues produced during this period was "Bahia: The Power of Tradition" on the visual arts of African-descended people in Brazil. In 1992, the operations of the IRAAA were transferred to Hampton University, Samella Lewis’ undergraduate alma mater.