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.
Apr 28, 2009
A Monument of One's Own
Writer Britt Aamodt sits down with 2009 MN Book Award winner, poet Heid Erdrich, to talk about her acclaimed collection, NATIONAL MONUMENTS.
Apr 20, 2009
The Creme de la Creme in Minnesota Literature
Jaime Kleiman gives an eminently readable preview for this year's Minnesota Book Awards gala, set for the evening of April 25 at St. Paul's Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Apr 7, 2009
Dolly Parton Dreams, Reconsidered
Or, "My Dream of Moving to the Country to Write a Book and the Pygmy Goats and Insouciance I Didn’t Get." Writer Sari Gordon shares some hard-won wisdom for other creative-types entertaining the same town-to-country dream.
Mar 12, 2009
STORY: Stefanie Robinson
Josh Casey, our grand prize-winning author from the winter 2008-09 cycle of miniStories, offers a brand-new story about all manner of unrequited love -- it's poignant and a bit creepy, surprisingly wry, and altogether satisfying.
Mar 10, 2009
The Making of a Modern-day Druid
Writer Michèle Campbell talks with author, fiddler, and raconteur "Wild Bill" Watkins about his storied personal history, his complicated heritage, and the perennial allure of Celtic culture.
Mar 6, 2009
Taking "Beautiful Stories" from Page to Stage
Playwright Matthew Everett goes behind the scenes of a new co-production by Hardcover Theater and Workhouse Theatre--a stage adaptation of the cult hit illustrated series of books by Dave Louapre and Dan Sweetman, "Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children."
Jan 20, 2009
VISUAL ART: An Eden of One's Own
Article by Mason Riddle
Art critic Mason Riddle weighs in on a newly published, beautifully rendered book of collages and personal nature journals by Minnesota artist and author David Coggins, EDEN (Cobalt Press, 2008).
Jan 8, 2009
2008 YEAR IN REVIEW: The Lists
Compiled by Susannah Schouweiler
Local art luminaries Frank Gaard, Emma Berg, and Ruben Nusz offer a grab-bag of their picks for the high (and low) points and the love-'em/hate-'em memorable moments from the year just passed
Jan 8, 2009
2008 YEAR IN REVIEW: The Big Picture for Minnesota Arts
Compiled by Susannah Schouweiler
Minnesota artists weigh in on the peaks and valleys of 2008, from Vote Yes! to the troubles facing arts orgs and media, to the rise of spoken word and DIY craft. Look for more year-end picks - in performance, film and literature - over the next two weeks.
Dec 30, 2008
LITERATURE: Magdalena Poised (Portrait of a Young Poet)
Profile by Alison Morse
TIC founder and writer Alison Morse offers a portrait of an up-and-coming young Palabrista, Magdalena Kaluza. They talk about social justice, her recent splash in the local lit scene, and about the power of poetry to build bridges.
Dec 22, 2008
miniStories: "Maybe It Tastes Like Sugar" by Amber Courteau
miniStories: Amber Courteau
This little tale by Amber Courteau, selected as a miniStories winner by novelist Michael Kimball, cuts to the quick with a keen-edged poignancy rendered all the more potent by the story's brevity.
Dec 1, 2008
LITERATURE: Just Your Everyday Superheroes
Profile by Britt Aamodt
Britt Aamodt offers a profile of Twin Cities author-made-good David Schwartz (SUPERPOWERS): they talk about bending pop culture comics conventions, superheroes after 9/11, and why it's not always a good idea to save the day.
Nov 18, 2008
LITERATURE: Familiar Pleasures
Review by Connie Wanek
Poet Connie Wanek reflects on pleasures to be found in the lyrical new collection by Margaret Hasse (a multiple What Light winner!), "Milk and Tides" (Nodin Press, 2008)
Nov 17, 2008
About the miniStories Judges: Fall 2008
miniStories and mnartists.org
Read more about this competition cycle's panel of miniStories judges: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Michael Kimball, and Dennis Cass.
Nov 12, 2008
VISUAL ART: A High Culture Embrace of Pop, "Hot Ink"
Review by Britt Aamodt
Britt Aamodt offers a glimpse into a rich, whirlwind tour through our state's wealth of cartoon artists in what looks to be one of the MMAA's last exhibitions for a while, "Hot Ink: Comic Art in Minnesota."
Oct 13, 2008
MUSIC: Too Much Information? Music Criticism in the Digital Age
Article by Megan Wiley
Veteran music writer Megan Wiley asks: With the migration of their writing from print to web, are critics altering how they cover music? More important, is the trend toward digital content working in in favor of the craft of smart music criticism or not?
Sep 24, 2008
STORY: "Monarchs" by John Jodzio
Read an original short story by the summer 2008 miniStories Grand Prize-winner, John Jodzio. It's a tale of fathers and sons, the perils of young love and even younger nephews, and the joys of a little deviant behavior.
Sep 22, 2008
LITERATURE: Mining for Hidden Histories
Article by Shannon Gibney
Shannon Gibney looks at David Mura's new novel "Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire," which mines oft untold personal histories of Japanese-Americans in WWII for subsequent generations struggling to carve out an authentic cultural identity.
Sep 9, 2008
ESSAY: The Day the Music Died
Essay by Michael Fallon
Art critic and veteran arts administrator Michael Fallon offers an unflinching, candid, and mournful personal essay on the current arts economy in Minnesota and his own checkered history trying to make a difference there.