This piece featured on Stateside is part of an ongoing series called The Living Room, curated by Allison Downey.
"There are those for whom fishing is not only a family tradition, but a creative act: Michigan-based writer and fisherman, Pete Markus is in that category. The river and fishing inspire his work. And his writing is a hybrid of fiction and poetry. He's got this tendency to say volumes with just a few words that he repeats over and over again. Words like fish, river and Bob," Downey reported.
Pete Markus is a 2012 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, who teaches writing in Detroit Public Schools. Producer Zak Rosen spent time fishing and talking with Markus on the Detroit River. You can listen to the audio above.
And here's a video about Pete Markus produced by Kresge Arts in Detroit.
Tomorrow night, as a part of Kresge's Art X Detroit, you can catch an artist conversation with Pete. "Mud & Fish & Brother & Woods: A Symposium on Repetition and Restriction and Difference in the Fiction of Peter Markus" begins at 7 pm at the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art.
The Living Room is produced by Zak Rosen and Allison Downey. Special thanks to Chrissy for engineering help.
Today's segment featured the following music:
Dead Combo - After Peace, Swim Twice
Goldmund - Image - Autumn - Womb and Finding it There
(Smog) - Say Valley Maker
Michael Crittenden and Troll for Trout - River Song