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The Litribune Benefit Show

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Tonight (Nov. 15), there was a fundraiser for the local quarterly publication, "The Litribune" at Mexicains Sans Frontieres (120 S. Division #226). It's a non-profit periodical with a focus on community and involvement. The founders, Ben Davey and Dan Climie were both in attendance, and enjoying themselves. Read all about the Litribune here:

The venue, Mexicains Sans Frontieres, is an artist's loft belonging to local painter Hugo Claudin, who frequently opens his doors to Grand Rapids for events, and concerts. Information on Mexicains Sans Frontieres and Hugo can be found here:

There were three musical sets for entertainment; McGowen Southworth, Lazy Genius, and Vollmar. Their stories are at,, and, respectively.

The Litribune is accepting community donations and hosting fund raisers while they take care of the start-up red tape. Donations can be made, and an event schedule can be viewed on their website, posted above.

Due to a potential weather issue, regrettably, there are no photos of Vollmar from this event.

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Being new to town, I'm not sure, but I thought The Litribune had been around for at least a little while. I talked to Dan yesterday, who said they were trying to start up either a writing program for kids or a center itself with Lori Slager Knorr from Sparrows. Dan, can you clear this up?

Yes, they've been around a short while. They started out in Kalamazoo. The first issue release was July 22nd.

Taken straight from the website, "The Litribune is currently in the process of applying for state and federally recognized incorporation and non-profit, tax-exempt status. Once these articles are in place, we will be able to seek foundation grants and other public funding awards. In the meantime, we need your help of volunteer support and small fiscal donations (now you can donate online). It only costs a few hundred dollars for all the paper work. Help us make this next step in furthering our goals of community support now!".

The workshops with Lori can be found

Ben has been working on the idea for a couple years, but Ben and myself have only been partners on this since January down in Kalamazoo. We decided we needed to move back to Grand Rapids in February, did a lot of research for a couple of months before releasing anything, did a couple fundraisers in the spring to get our feet wet, and then released the first issue in July. And then moved back to Grand Rapids in August. So not that long. Two issues and a hand me down issue of poems. And yes, Ben and Lori are working on the details for the 826 National inspired tutoring center. Excitement happening!!!