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Stateside: Beloved Detroit BBQ joint; Metro Times fiction edition; poet Tommye Blount

pork chops on a grill

With the long holiday weekend ahead, many of us are thinking about grilling and sharing a meal with loved one for the first time in more than a year. Today on Stateside, we start with food and drink. First, how one beloved Detroit barbecue joint has been surviving the COVID-19 pandemic. Then a contribution from the Cheers! team. Also, two writers discuss putting together a special fiction and poetry edition of the Detroit Metro Times. Plus, an award-winning poet reflects on exploring the nuances of love and pain for Black Americans.

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How legendary Eastern Market barbecue joint Bert’s Market Place has navigated the pandemic

Stateside’s conversation with Jai-Lee Dearing

  • Jai-Lee Dearing is the manager of Bert's Market Place, a legendary barbecue and music joint in Eastern Market.

Cheers! Oberon in a riff on a Prohibition era cocktail

Stateside's conversation with Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen

  • Lester Graham is a reporter at Michigan Radio and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
  • Tammy Coxen is a mixologist and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.

Detroit Metro Times 2021 fiction and poetry edition

Stateside’s conversation with Drew Philp and Nandi Comer

  • Drew Philp is a writer and editor of the Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue.
  • Nandi Comer is a poet and deputy editor of the Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue.

Poet Tommye Blount’s new book mines the nuance of queer Black life in Detroit and white America

Stateside’s conversation with Tommye Blount

  • Tommye Blount is a poet and author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue, which was a finalist for the National Book Award 2020 in poetry.
  • This segment originally aired April 13, 2021.
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