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The Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti District Library at dusk.

YpsiWrites to host author reading May 22 at Ypsilanti District Library

On May 22, YpsiWrites will bring together local published authors to read their work and answer questions.

YpsiWrites was started in 2019 by the Eastern Michigan University Office of Campus and Community Writing, Ypsilanti District Library, and 826 Michigan to support and promote writers in the Ypsilanti community.

Each year, YpsiWrites recognizes and honors a group of writers nominated by members of the community. The non-profit also hosts regular workshops and events for the public.

This event is the first author reading hosted by the organization. YpsiWrites Programs and Partnership Coordinator Kristine Gatchel said that all of the authors reading at the event have worked with the organization in the past.

“We have had an overwhelming response from the community of Ypsilanti,” Gatchel said. “It [YpsiWrites] has really grown…to make the voices of the writers of Ypsilanti and the people that write in Ypsilanti heard.”

Wednesday’s featured authors, Patrick Flores-Scott, Caroline Huntoon, and Toni Pressley-Sanon, will read excerpts from their recently published works. Flores-Scott will read from “No Going Back,” a young-adult novel; middle-grade author Huntoon will share from “Linus and Etta Could Use a Win”; and Pressley-Sanon will read an excerpt of “Lifting as They Climb: Black Women Buddhists and Collective Liberation.”

The free event will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker Branch and give attendees the opportunity to ask the authors questions about their writing and publishing processes and experiences.