Jun 7, 2011
A Sleepyhead's Northern Spark
Christy DeSmith is no night owl, but she was determined to take in last weekend's all-night festival, Northern Spark, regardless. Read on for a first-person account of her favorite event of the night, a pre-dusk cruise on the Mississippi Megalops.
May 25, 2011
mnLIT presents: Bart Galle
"Road Rising," selected as a What Light finalist for the 2010 mnLIT cycle, was selected by Coffee House Press editor, Chris Fischbach.
May 19, 2011
Theater critic Christy DeSmith reviews Walking Shadow Theatre's unexpectedly timely production, "After the Quake," adapted for the stage from two novellas by Haruki Murakami reflecting on the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan .
May 18, 2011
Regan Smith previews Northern Lights' all-night festival, Northern Spark: Nuit Blanche, featuring dusk-to-dawn interactive art happenings throughout the Twin Cities, with 100 projects by more than 50 regional artists and organizations, on June 4 & 5.
Apr 29, 2011
mnLIT presents: Alison Morse
Read Alison Morse's 2010 entry in the miniStories/mnLIT competition, "My Sister," selected as a finalist in last year's cycle by our full panel of flash fiction jurors: Alexander Chee, Daniel Handler, Heather McElhatton, Kevin Larimer, and Dennis Cass.
Apr 7, 2011
The Pleasures and Perils of the Novelist's Craft
Writer Alison Morse talks shop with two seasoned novelists and educators, Mary Rockcastle and Sheila O'Connor (both of whom have new books coming out), about the travails and rewards of working "to get the story on the page."
Apr 6, 2011
mnLIT presents: Rebecca Dosch-Brown
Rebecca Dosch Brown
Read "My Best Friend Once" by Rebecca Dosch-Brown, selected for the 2010 cycle of mnLIT's What Light Poetry Project by acclaimed poet Sun Yung Shin (SKIRT FULL OF BLACK).
Feb 25, 2011
mnLIT presents: Colleen Coyne
Read "The Kitchen Ghost" by Colleen Coyne, a 2010 finalist in mnartists.org's mnLIT/What Light Poetry Project competition; her poem was selected for this year's cycle by writer Sandi Wisenberg.
Feb 18, 2011
J. Kevin Byrne
Designer Kevin Byrne offers an engaging, philosophically-minded primer-cum-tribute to his longtime friend and colleague at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, acclaimed artist and educator Kinji Akagawa.
Feb 10, 2011
mnLIT presents: Steven Lang
Read Steven Lang's 2010 miniStories finalist, "The Scarecrow," selected by our full panel of jurors: d
Feb 8, 2011
Community Supported Art (CSA) - Spring 2011
mnartists.org/Springboard for the Arts
CSA returns this spring! With the same buy-local spirit as Community Supported Agriculture, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our third season of the Community Supported ART (CSA) program.
Jan 25, 2011
Connie Wanek urges you to read Lucille Broderson's debut book of poems, BUT YOU'RE WEARING A BLUE SHIRT THE COLOR OF SKY (Nodin Press, 2010), calling the 94-year-old poet's work a thrilling achievement, bold, direct and moving from beginning to end.
Nov 22, 2010
Sincerity on the Page
Alison Morse reflects on John Reimringer's debut novel, VESTMENTS, just released from Milkweed Editions -- a quiet tale of a St. Paul priest whose faith is challenged by desire, animated by its utter sincerity and fidelity to character and place.
Nov 17, 2010
mnLIT presents: John Jodzio
Read John Jodzio's 2010 miniStories finalist, "Willem and Trudy, Deuce and Me," selected by the full panel of fiction jurors: Alexander Chee, Daniel Handler, Heather McElhatton, Kevin Larimer, and Dennis Cass.
Nov 17, 2010
mnLIT presents: 2010 What Light grand prize-winner, Connie Wanek
Read "Polygamy," Connie Wanek's 2010 mnLIT grand prize-winning poem for this year's competition, originally selected by juror Sunshine Glenstone. Stay tuned: A newly commissioned poem by Wanek will be published on mnartists.org next month.
Nov 10, 2010
Will Dinski Takes On Tinseltown
Will Dinski's debut graphic novel, "Fingerprints," just released from Top Shelf Productions, offers a biting, perceptive satire on the seedy side of Hollywood - from "perfection" gone haywire to the public fascination with celebrity culture.
Nov 3, 2010
Allen Ginsberg and the Quiet Librarian
Terrence Williams, a volunteer tour guide at the Walker Art Center, remembers his lifelong friendship with the legendary Beat poet in a conversation with writer Courtney Gerber.
Oct 22, 2010
mnLIT presents: 2010 miniStories grand prize-winner, Hillary Wentworth
Read Hillary Wentworth's victorious flash fiction, "146.9 Volts," selected as the 2010 miniStories grand prize-winning submission by our full panel of fiction jurors: Alexander Chee, Daniel Handler, Heather McElhatton, Kevin Larimer, and Dennis Cass.
Oct 8, 2010
mnLIT presents: Susan Stevens Chambers
Susan Stevens Chambers
What Light finalist Susan Stevens Chambers' poem, "Personal Response to Last Week's Letter to the Editor," was selected by Todd Boss for the 2010 mnLIT competition cycle. PLUS: The second mnLIT winners' reading is October 18 at the Red Stag!
Sep 23, 2010
mnLIT presents: Andrew De Young
Andrew De Young
"Shared Wall" by Andrew De Young was selected as a finalist in the 2010 cycle of mnLIT by the full miniStories panel of jurors: Alexander Chee, Daniel Handler, Heather McElhatton, Kevin Larimer, and Dennis Cass.
Sep 14, 2010
To Learn By Rote and Remember By Heart
Poet Connie Wanek reviews a new story collection by Duluth-based author Linda LeGarde Grover, THE DANCE BOOTS, which recently earned her the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction.
Jul 28, 2010
mnLIT presents: Annie Baxter
Annie Baxter's poem, "The Buildup," inaugurates the 2010 publication season of mnLIT. Baxter's piece was selected as a What Light winner by writer Sandi Wisenberg.
Jul 28, 2010
This is the End
Andy Sturdevant offers a fond farewell to the spunky DIY arts 'zine, ARP!, with an essay tracing its short history, its influences and intentions, and the mag's central place in the Twin Cities contemporary art scene of the late 2000s.
Jul 7, 2010
Can't Get There From Here
A new short story by one of our veteran mnLIT winners, Brian Beatty -- a bitingly funny tale about the misadventures of a group of bandmates chasing communal bliss and musical breakthroughs in the woods Up North.