Nov 14, 2013
Deborah Keenan: Prompts, Poems and Pictures
Both author and publisher simply call FROM TIGER TO PRAYER a writer's workbook, a volume small enough to fit in your palm, with 79 writing prompts by poet and teacher Deborah Keenan. We say, in that case, you'd have to call it a workbook on steroids.
Nov 13, 2013
Lovely Meeting Places for Terrible Pain
National Book Award finalist Matt Rasmussen's genius with language and image is sufficient to turn even impossibly painful subject matter into fiercely honest and deeply resonant poetry.
Aug 13, 2013
Repetition & Repair
Miranda Trimmier asks, how can we repair the wearisome effects of endless novelty? Her modest but surprisingly transgressive tonic? Simple repetition as a sort of detoxifying reparation for our shared cultural attraction to the easily blurbed.
Jul 18, 2013
Brian Freeman: Balancing Act
Brian Freeman writes psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. It's a perfect time to re-run Ann Klefstad's 2007 profile - Freeman just received the 2013 Thriller Award for SPILLED BLOOD.
Jul 10, 2013
When the Woods Come So Close
In the tradition of Robert Bly and, before him, Emerson and Thoreau, poet Tom Hennen offers up spare, luminous images drawn from the gnats and ants, frogs and toads, and all else he finds in "a narrow strip of woods."
Jun 13, 2013
Reverse Engineering a Poem
Frank O'Hara famously asked, "What's the point of a poem if I have a phone?" Elizabeth Murphy reframes the question: What's a love song for if you can tweet? What's the value of "real" art spaces when there are online outlets like Artsy and Google Art?
Jun 6, 2013
The Geekhouse Always Wins
Sam L. Landman
Sam Landman treats the not-for-kids-anymore world of comics conventions like a casino: Enjoy the cosplay and meet & greet, take a set amount of cash to buy books and then leave while you've still got the "Nien Nunb is my co-pilot" shirt on your back.
Mar 29, 2013
The Grocery Store as Gallery
Jay Orff asks, "Is food packaging art?" From Warhol's famous soup cans to the minimalist design of the boxes of tea for sale at his neighborhood co-op, he considers the confluence of aesthetics, commerce and creativity in our grocery aisles.
Mar 13, 2013
Casting 'Nice Fish'
In the second installment of her Interview in Two Acts, Connie Wanek chats with Duluth-based poet-turned-playwright Louis Jenkins and actor/director Mark Rylance about the casting process of 'Nice Fish,' set to open at the Guthrie in April.
Feb 21, 2013
You Are Hear: Romance is Dead (February 2013)
David Lynch has nothing on poet Richard Carr, who for this twisted Valentine's Day episode contributes some moody poems from a new sequence, "Dead Wendy," read in three voices by Carr, host Brian Beatty and writer Darci Schummer.
Feb 13, 2013
Please Touch the Art (As Directed)
Usually the rules of going to a gallery are simple: Donít touch anything, donít even get particularly close. But at the Walker Art Center's "The Living Years: Art after 1989," ways of seeing the art quickly get more complicated.
Feb 12, 2013
A Dispatch from Publishing's Digital Underground
Author of two mid-list books, David Oppegaard set out to publish his sellout novel, a foray into the hugely popular YA fantasy genre. Caught between traditional and e-book publishing, he offers a field guide to the shifting sands of the books business.
Jan 17, 2013
You Are Hear: Lucky 13 (January 2013)
For our first episode of 2013, coincidentally our 13th-ever edition of the podcast, host Brian Beatty interviews blues man Charlie Parr about storytelling through music.
Dec 20, 2012
You Are Hear: Gifted (December 2012)
For our last episode of 2012, we end the first year of our monthly literary podcast as we began it, with new stories by Britt Aamodt and host Brian Beatty.
Dec 13, 2012
Hay Days: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst did the Deborah Hay "three-peat" last week, taking in all three performances in the Walker Art Center's mini-festival of the contemporary dance explorer.
Nov 15, 2012
YOU ARE HEAR: 2013 Submission guidelines, themes and deadlines
Got a story in you to share? We're taking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poems and spoken word all year for mnartists.org's literary podcast. Look no further for themes, guidelines, and deadlines for the coming year's episodes.
Oct 24, 2012
"Nice Fish:" An Interview in Two Acts
Connie Wanek interviews poet Louis Jenkins and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance about their collaboration on the play "Nice Fish" and its evolutions from page to stage, as they prepare for the Guthrie's world premiere this spring.
Oct 18, 2012
You Are Hear: Tricks & Treats (October 2012)
This month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, hosted by Brian Beatty, features a spooky story by writer and humorist Rob Callahan, of Rockstar Storytellers, Cracked.com, l'etoile magazine and others.
Oct 12, 2012
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Sep 20, 2012
You Are Hear: All Work, No Play (September 2012)
This month's featured writer is poet, photographer and performer Jeffrey Skemp with a pair of pieces on work and leisure (with music by J.G. Everest and Matt Monsoor).
Aug 30, 2012
The Family Business: Running Away from Home
Poet Kathryn Kysar writes eloquently about the 21st century juggle of creative work and motherhood in this essay about running away from home, the need for peeling away the responsibilities of domesticity, layer by layer, to reveal the artist within.