mnLIT is a competitive literary program presented by mnartists.org, in collaboration with Magers and Quinn Booksellers, which consists of the What Light Poetry Project and the miniStories flash fiction series. mnLIT showcases original work by Minnesota poets and writers and is sponsored, in part, by The Twin Cities Decider and its parent organization, The Onion. This year's winners were selected by a panel of ten nationally accomplished writers and poets, among them Leif Enger (So Brave, Young and Handsome, Plainsong), Diana Joseph (I'm Sorry You Feel That Way), Lise Erdrich (Night Train), and Dobby Gibson (Skirmish, Polar). This year alone, by way of mnLIT, mnartists.org will publish over 40 original poems and short stories by local authors.
The 2009 mnLIT winners will present their triumphant pieces in two live readings this summer, both of which are free and open to the public:
What Light Poetry Project winners will read their poems Sunday, July 19 from 5-7 pm at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis. Plus: the miniStories grand prize-winning flash fiction authors will read their victorious short stories.
miniStories victors will read their winning flash fiction on Monday, August 17, from 7-9 pm at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. Plus: What Light's grand prize champions will perform their winning poems.
Even if you can't make the live readings, read some of the best new work by Minnesota writers on mnartists.org, where a new poem or story is published each week. Or, if you prefer, listen to our winners read their pieces by downloading a free audio version of the weekly mnLIT story or poem through the Walker's iTunes channel.
Our 2009 What Light Poetry Project winners:
The 2009 What Light Poetry Project grand prize-winning poets, selected by jury foremen, Christopher Walters and Jay Peterson are:
Our 2009 miniStories flash fiction winners:
The 2009 miniStories grand prize-winning authors, selected by jury foreperson, Geoff Herbach are:
You'll be able to catch the newly commissioned stories and poems from our six mnLIT grand prize-winning authors throughout the year on mnartists.org.
AND NOW, MEET OUR ESTEEMED mnLIT JURORS:
For this year's What Light Poetry Project competition our panel of readers is:
Dobby Gibson (Skirmish, Polar)
Deborah Keenan (Willow Room, Green Door; Kingdoms)
Leslie Adrienne Miller (Resurrection Trade, Eat Quite Everything You See)
Joyce Sidman (Red Sings from the Treetops, This is Just to Say)
Connie Wanek (Hartley Field, On Speaking Terms, which is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press)
For this year's miniStories flash fiction competition our panel of readers is:
David Oppegaard (The Suicide Collectors)
Leif Enger (So Brave, Young, and Handsome; Peace Like a River)
Lise Erdrich (Night Train)
Jon Fasman (The Unpossessed City, The Geographer's Library)
Diana Joseph (I'm Sorry You Feel That Way)
In addition to these fine folks, Geoff Herbach, for a second year, is serving as the lead juror for miniStories; and Christopher Walters and Jay Peterson of Magers and Quinn have taken over at the helm of the What Light poetry competition.