Oct 7, 2011
mnLIT presents: Kim Teeple
Kim Teeple's short story, "Turtle," was selected for the last cycle of mnLIT by our full panel of miniStories flash fiction jurors: Alexander Chee, Daniel Handler, Heather McElhatton, Kevin Larimer, and Dennis Cass.
Aug 25, 2011
In the Country for Poetry
Connie Wanek offers a lovely introduction to Minnesota's newly named Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, in this profile replete with stories, conversation, and observations from Sutphen's fellow Minnesota poets and writers.
Jul 27, 2011
The People You Meet
Composer Jeremy Walker reflects on the notion of "work as both an expression and a point of connection," how the most effective art reveals something true about the artist and, sometimes, unexpected truths about yourself as well.
Jul 20, 2011
mnLIT presents: Tim Nolan
Tim Nolan's poem "What I'm Meant to Do" was selected for this competition cycle of What Light by poet Sun Yung Shin.
Jul 7, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "The Zine Apothecary"
Writer and book artist Sarah Peters profiles Minneapolis artist Lacey Prpic Hedtke's unorthodox, wide-ranging library of handmade, DIY pamphlets, the Zine Apothecary, accessible to the public but, aptly enough, currently housed in her garage.
Jun 22, 2011
mnLIT presents: Aseem Kaul
Read "If at first" by Aseem Kaul, a poem selected for the 2010 cycle of mnLIT's What Light competition by acclaimed poet Todd Boss.
Jun 20, 2011
Beyond DIY to Do-It-Together
Regan Smith (PAPER DARTS) offers a personal accounting of a trend she's noticed among Minnesota artists - a shifting focus away from strictly individual accomplishment, or DIY ethos, in favor of collaborative, interactive, "do-it-together" creative work.
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.