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.
Jul 21, 2009
mnLIT presents: Rodney Nelsestuen
"Rage" is one of the flash fiction winners, selected by juror Lise Erdrich, in this year's mnLIT/miniStories competition. For the next several months, mnartists.org will publish all the victorious pieces, one poem or story per week, through April 2010.
Jul 17, 2009
Local Author Finds True Heart of Darkness--Burbank
David Oppegaard's debut novel, THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award this year. Read on for his witty dispatch--an industry convention travelogue and entertaining iteration of the mid-list fiction writer's lament.
Jul 14, 2009
mnLIT presents: Dan Pederson
"From the Windy Trees" by Dan Pederson is one of the winning pieces in this year's What Light Poetry Project competition within mnartists.org's mnLIT program. All 38 winning stories and poems will be published on mnartists.org in the months to come.
Jun 23, 2009
'Just Like Everyone'--Duluth poet Ellie Schoenfeld
Poet Connie Wanek gives an eloquent analysis of Ellie Schoenfeld's new collection, 'The Dark Honey,' and a glimpse into the poet's engaging live readings. You, too, can hear Ellie perform her work at Northern Lights Books in Duluth this Thursday, June 25.
Jun 18, 2009
Spoken Word that Really Rocks
Matthew Everett chats up the Rockstar Storytellers, accomplished solo performers who come together once a month to rock the BLB with inventive evenings of spoken word. The Rockstars' next show (with special guests, 2008 miniStories winners) is June 23.
Jun 3, 2009
Two Novelists, Six Books, and the Conundrum of Chick Lit
Stephanie Wilbur Ash
Heather McElhatton and Norah Labiner write novels that land in opposite ends of the fiction marketplace, thanks more to marketing decisions than substantive differences. Stephanie Wilbur Ash chats with both of them to dissect the "chick lit" conundrum.
May 15, 2009
A Handyman for All Seasons
Writer Maggie Sandford profiles Hardy Coleman, a well-received writer and playwright (with a new play in the Bedlam's 10-Minute Play Fest)--and he's a storied, unlikely character in his own right.