M.L. Liebler & Peter Lewis

Words from "Blood in the Moon"

Music by M. L. Liebler, Peter Lewis & Alex Lumelsky (MaPoBa Music, Inc.)

Recorded in St. Clair Shores with

M. L. Liebler on Vocals
Peter Lewis on Lead Guitar
Jef Reynolds on Bass
Bill Hulet on Drums

From the album Coyote & The Monk by M. L. Liebler and Peter Lewis

M.L. Liebler is an internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He was named the 2017-2018 Murray E. Jackson Scholar in the Arts Award at Wayne State University. Liebler is the author of 15 books and chapbooks including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream (Wayne State University Press 2008) featuring poems written in and about Russia, Israel, Germany, Alaska and Detroit. Wide Awake won both The Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence and The American Indie Book Award for 2009.

In 2005, he was named St. Clair Shores (his hometown) first Poet Laureate. Liebler has read and performed his work in Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Russia, China, France, UK, Macao, Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland and most of the 50 States. M.L. Liebler has taught English, Creative Writing, American Studies, Labor Studies and World Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit since 1980, and he is the founding director of both The National Writer’s Voice Project in Detroit and the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization. He was selected as Best Detroit Poet by The Detroit Free Press & Detroit’s Metro Time, and in he is the nation’s first ever Artist in Residence for a Public Library at The Chelsea District Library for 2008-2009. In 2005, Liebler became the Co-Editor In 2010, he received The Barnes & Noble Poets & Writers Award with Maxine Hong Kingston & Junot Diaz. In 2011, his groundbreaking anthology Working Words: Punching the Clock & Kicking Out the Jams (Coffee House Press) was given a 2011 Library of Michigan Notable Book Award. In 2017, he received two Library of Michigan Notable Book Awards for both his new collection of poems entitled I Want to Be Once (Wayne State University Press / Made in Michigan Series) and for Heaven Was Detroit: An Anthology of Detroit Music Essays from Jazz to Hiphop (The Wayne State University Press Painted Turtle Series).

Forthcoming recordings & vinyl include Poetry Score: M. L. Liebler & Al Kooper and KING by M. L. Liebler & Steve King. The beginning of 2020 saw the release of RESPECT: Poets on Detroit Music edited by M. L. Liebler & Jim Daniels (Michigan State University Press 2020). RESPECT received the 2021 Library of Michigan Notable Book Award. In September 2020, M. L. was awarded the Michigan Humanities Champion of the Year.

Peter Lewis is one of the founding members of the band Moby Grape. Three of his better known songs with Moby Grape are “Fall on You” and “Sitting by the Window” from the self-titled first Moby Grape album and “If You Can’t Learn from My Mistakes” from Moby Grape ’69. Peter is the younger of the two sons of actress Loretta Young  and writer-producer Tom Lewis and accordingly spent much of his childhood in Hollywood. Musician David Lindley was his cousin. He has released three albums on the Taxim label: Peter Lewis, Peter Lewis with David West Live in Bremen, and Peter Lewis with David West Live at the Lobero Theatre.