Jun 29, 2012
Big Box Art
Jay Orff looks at the mass-produced decorative art at Target, and in the process at the larger cultural and commercial aesthetic sensibility that sells knock-offs of 19th and 20th century fine art side by side with socks, cheap chinos and toothpaste.
Jun 21, 2012
Holy Cow! Press at 35 - The More Things Change...
Ann Klefstad talks with Jim Perlman, editor/publisher of a Minnesota literary stalwart, Duluth-based Holy Cow! Press about the vicissitudes of his 35 years in the business and what it takes to persevere in an ever-more crowded book marketplace.
Jun 1, 2012
'House of Coates' and the Kingdom of Nah
Writer Matt Konrad explores the edges-of-everything world of Lester B. Morrison's 'Kingdom of Nah' - in the new art-and-story book, "House of Coates," written by Brad Zellar and recently published by photographer Alec Soth's Little Brown Mushroom Books.
May 17, 2012
You Are Hear: Who You Calling a Mother? (May 2012)
For this month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, comedienne and writer Colleen Kruse offers a very funny story about cannibal hamsters and the black heart of motherhood.
May 10, 2012
Reads Dylan Hicks
Writer Jay Orff reviews Dylan Hicks's new novel, "Boarded Windows," an engaging tangle of competing stories and unreliable narrators with its own soundtrack (the accompanying new album "Sings Bolling Greene"), written by musician and writer Dylan Hicks.
May 8, 2012
"Dance," says our critic Lightsey Darst, "is not merely specialized movement, but also a way of seeing. Dance is a lens." She takes that dance lens outside the theater to the work-a-day world beyond, offering a guided tour through "the undance."
Apr 19, 2012
You Are Hear: Fools & Poets (April 2012)
We're celebrating National Poetry Month: featured writers for this episode are poets Todd Boss (PITCH, 2012) and Paula Cisewski (GHOST FARGO, 2010).
Apr 12, 2012
mnLIT Original: "Afterimage"
A haunting new short story by our most recent flash fiction competition grand prize-winner, Hillary Wentworth. Like all of our mnLIT Original offerings, this story is illustrated by artwork handpicked from our vast database of Minnesota artists.
Mar 26, 2012
THE FAMILY BUSINESS: Plan B
Pulitzer-nominated, best-selling novelist Alison McGhee (SHADOW BABY, SOMEDAY) offers a personal essay about pursuing your art without a safety net, working in a world with no Plan B.
Mar 13, 2012
Poems Born of Music
Poet Connie Wanek reviews the latest collection of poems by Todd Boss, PITCH, just released by W.W. Norton, likening the felicity of his language, lyricism and narrative richness to likes of e.e. cummings, Kay Ryan and Robert Frost.
Feb 16, 2012
You Are Hear: The Heart of the Matter (February 2012)
This installment of YOU ARE HEAR, hosted by writer/comedian Brian Beatty, features two new stories, about what love leaves behind and superheroes shilling for cereal, by John Jodzio and the comedy duo Pommelhorse.
Jan 24, 2012
Writer and designer Matt Konrad reviews Paper Darts' first foray into book publishing, John Jodzio's collection GET IN IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, calling its marriage of art, fiction and smart layout a "terrific model of a print project for the electronic age."
Jan 20, 2012
Lake Superior: A Character Study
Alison Morse profiles Duluth-based writer Danielle Sosin, author of the new novel LONG-SHINING WATERS, recently published by Milkweed Editions and winner of the press' National Fiction Prize for 2011.
Jan 19, 2012
YOU ARE HEAR: Life Goes On (January 2012)
It's our first-ever episode of YOU ARE HEAR, a new literary podcast by mnartists.org, hosted by writer Brian Beatty. This installment -- themed "Life Goes On" -- features a new story by Britt Aamodt, "Oh, Hell."
Jan 6, 2012
Everything is Not Beautiful
Poet and dancer Lightsey Darst on her years in ballet class, giving a candid glimpse into what it feels like on the inside of the dance: both the devotion and the ordeal of daily practice, and the human moments of pain, pettiness, and triumph.
Dec 22, 2011
The Chat: Minnesota Humorists Talk Shop
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Writer and performer Maggie Ryan Sandford gathers together our favorite writerly wit-erati -- Brian Beatty, Dennis Cass, John Jodzio -- for a free-ranging, entertaining and insightful online chat about what it takes to bring the funny to the page.
Dec 9, 2011
Lightsey Darst grapples with the innovative theatrical hybrid, "Supernatural Wife" by Big Dance Theater, recently at the Walker, a piece adapted from poet Anne Carson's fresh translation of a rarely performed play by Euripedes, "Alkestis".
Nov 17, 2011
mnLIT presents: Larry Schug
Read Larry Schug's poem, "Two Plates on the Table," selected as a finalist in the last cycle of the What Light Poetry Project contest by poet Sunshine Glenstone.
Nov 14, 2011
Us and Them
Our music columnist Jeremy Walker reflects on impetus of the Occupy Wall Street protests and others like it around the country, the tension between striving and protecting, and the small but potent political power of simply making good work.
Oct 27, 2011
mnLIT presents: Gretchen Rueth
Gretchen Rueth's poem, "Why Loneliness", was selected as a finalist in the last cycle of the mnLIT contest by our lead What Light juror for 2010, Jeff Johnson.
Oct 25, 2011
Developing a 'Taste' for Filmmaking
Novelist David Oppegaard describes how he briefly abandoned the solitary pursuits of the writer to pursue a couple of forays into filmmaking with his friend and collaborative partner, Todd Wardrope, in this 'tale of two indie films.'
Oct 14, 2011
A Riot, a Firebomb and the Birth of a Mystery Writer
Mary Butler Harpin
Mary Butler Harpin talks with Pioneer Press reporter-turned-mystery-writer Judith Yates Borger about her books, her entrepreneurial publishing foray, and the firebomb in North Minneapolis that started it all.
Oct 10, 2011
Don't Wait - A Look at Cary Waterman's BOOK OF FIRE
Connie Wanek gives a close reading of the long-awaited poetry collection by Cary Waterman, BOOK OF FIRE, just published by Nodin Press, situating it within the poet's larger body of work.