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
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 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 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.
Jun 23, 2010
mnLIT Original: "Midway Motel" and "The End of the Affair"
"Midway Motel" and "The End of the Affair" are new poems by one of mnartists.org's 2009 What Light grand prize-winners, Greg Watson. The poetry is accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Jun 17, 2010
The Key Dissolving in the Palm
Poet Connie Wanek offers an eloquent response to the deeply felt, resonant poems found in a new collection by Duluth's Deborah Gordon Cooper, "Under the Influence of Lilacs," just released by Clover Valley Press.
Jun 9, 2010
Around the Playwrights' Table
Minnesota Playlist's Alan Berks talks shop with his fellow Workhaus Collective playwrights about collaborative theater and the nuts and bolts of taking a show from the page to the stage, in an interview formatted, appropriately enough, in script form.
Jun 3, 2010
News to Her
Ann Klefstad's informal review and talk with Books Page editor Laurie Hertzel about her upcoming book "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," out this summer from University of Minnesota Press.
Apr 29, 2010
mnLIT Original: "Birdman"
"Birdman" is a newly commissioned story by one of our 2009 miniStories grand prize-winners, Rebecca Dosch-Brown. Each of these new mnLIT pieces is accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Apr 1, 2010
Envisioning an Art Ecology
Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson outlines a dynamic model for thinking about cultivation of the arts in Minnesota -- specifically, she makes the case for seeing the health of state's arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms.
Mar 30, 2010
mnLIT Original: "What the Neurologist Doesn't Say"
"What the Neurologist Doesn't Say" is a newly commissioned poem by one of mnartists.org's 2009 What Light grand prize-winners, Jeff Johnson. His poem is accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Mar 24, 2010
Poetry in Motion
Writer Alison Morse checks out a collaboration spearheaded by acclaimed poet Todd Boss and animator Angella Kassube, "Motionpoems," which aims to use moving images to "embed poems in people's consciousness," and to create a larger audience for both forms.
Mar 17, 2010
Britt Aamodt reviews author John Jodzio's offbeat, charming debut , "If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home" -- it's a collection of 21 short stories and the first book released by a brand-new, Minnesota-based indie publisher, Replacement Press.
Mar 10, 2010
mnLIT Original: "Prayers for the Dead"
"Prayers for the Dead" is a newly commissioned story by one of our 2009 miniStories grand prize-winners, Kris Woll. Each of these new pieces is accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Jan 7, 2010
mnLIT Original: "Eggshells"
"Eggshells" is a newly commissioned poem by one of our 2009 What Light grand prize-winners, Ben Weaver. Each of these new works is accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Nov 12, 2009
Britt Aamodt delves into the story of a recession-era poet and a fateful, life-changing phone call -- she chats with Bryan Thao Worra about poetry, the uncertain terrain of personal history, and the day he heard from the NEA.
Nov 4, 2009
mnLIT Original: "The Four Hermans"
"The Four Hermans" by Brian Beatty is the first of our newly commissioned pieces by the 2009 mnLIT grand prize-winning poets and writers. Each work will be accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Oct 29, 2009
Chain Letter of the Soul
Britt Aamodt talks to friends and colleagues of poet Bill Holm, who died in February at the age of 65. A tribute in honor of Holm and his posthumously published collection of poems, will occur November 2 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.
Oct 28, 2009
Stephen Dahl, author of the new memoir, KNIFE ISLAND, chats with writer Hannah Dentinger about reading, writing, and fishing the waters of Lake Superior's north shore.
Oct 7, 2009
Really Seeing for the First Time
Connie Wanek offers a close reading of acclaimed poet Jill Breckenridge's latest collection, "The Gravity of Flesh," and finds the eclectic assortment of poems -- ranging from pithy haiku to longer-form prosaic pieces -- insightful and deeply engaging.
Sep 16, 2009
Healing the Wounds of War: "Combat Paper Project"
Alison Morse looks into the "Combat Paper Project," at the MCBA Sept 21 - 28, with a profile of the artists who transform their uniforms and raw wartime experiences into work that offers a rare and personal window into the human toll of modern combat.
Sep 10, 2009
More than Words: The Re-purposed Book
Britt Aamodt reviews the new Traffic Zone exhibition, "X-Libris: The Re-purposed Book," with a wide-ranging essay on the strange and wonderful terrain of contemporary book art.