Thinking Souls: A Literary Series

Jul 18, 2013
Brian Freeman: Balancing Act
Ann Klefstad

Brian Freeman writes psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. It's a perfect time to re-run Ann Klefstad's 2007 profile - Freeman just received the 2013 Thriller Award for SPILLED BLOOD.
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).
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 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)
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.
Aug 26, 2008
LITERATURE: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life: His Own
Profile by Michčle Campbell

Writer Michčle Campbell delves into David Carr's provocative new book, NIGHT OF THE GUN, in which the author uses investigative journalism techniques to uncover the truth about his drug-fogged past, and in so doing re-imagines the boundaries of memoir.
May 20, 2008
LITERATURE: A Voice for the Unsung: Kao Kalia Yang's "The Latehomecomer"
Profile by Shannon Gibney

Author Kao Kalia Yang talks with writer Shannon Gibney about her new memoir, "The Latehomecomer," which traces her own family's flight from their native home after the Vietnam War.
Apr 29, 2008
Wise Fool: Inside Don Lee's New Farce "Wrack and Ruin"
Review by Shannon Gibney

Writer Shannon Gibney gets the story behind acclaimed author Don Lee's new novel "Wrack and Ruin," and she gives her take on the surprisingly substantial reflections on urban sprawl, race, and identity to be found in his farcical tale.
Apr 15, 2008
Our Midwestern Mothers: an interview with "Riding Shotgun" editor, Kathryn Kysar
Interview by Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney sits down with poet Kathryn Kysar to talk about the new anthology she's edited, "Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers," and about the bittersweet power of an honest accounting of our mothers' histories.
Apr 15, 2008
A Literary Feast: "Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers"
Review by Shannon Gibney

Writer Shannon Gibney weighs in on a new anthology of stories and essays, all penned by Minnesota women, which offers an unflinchingly honest, diverse accounting of the nuances of love, rivalry, and feminist legacy exchanged between mothers and daughters.
Nov 12, 2007
Spruce, Lovers, Thieves, and Wit: Louis Jenkins
Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson interviews Louis Jenkins, master of the prose poem, about his new publishing venture, Will o'the Wisp Press, and its first venture, "North of the Cities."
Nov 12, 2007
Illness, Metaphor, Wit
Hannah Dentinger

Hannah Dentinger reviews Susan Deborah King’s “One-Breasted Woman” published by Holy Cow Press ($15.95). It’s a deeper excursion than most into the context of this illness.
Oct 22, 2007
Signaling for Rescue
Ann Klefstad

Marianne Herrmann's first book is assured and rewarding; it's published by New Rivers Press and available at bookstores now.
Jul 9, 2007
Poetry Floats
Ellen Sandbeck

The Vista Fleet (an enterprise of the Goldfine family, arts patrons in Duluth) has partnered with the Lake Superior Writers group and others for waterborne writing and artmaking. Read on for Ellen Sandbeck’s account of the first of these adventures.
Jun 11, 2007
Metamorphosis: “North of the Cities”
Louis Jenkins

Connie Wanek read the new book of prose poems by Louis Jenkins and thought that they were original and distinctive, as usual, but funnier than his previous work. That must be a good thing.
Jun 11, 2007
In Love With Changeful Language: Paula Cisewski’s Arrival
Erin Lynn Marsh

Erin Lynn Marsh reviews Paula Cisewski’s book “Upon Arrival” and finds it good—pleasingly anomalous.
Jun 11, 2007
Glory Days: Vermillion Editions
Ann Klefstad, editor

Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the University of Minnesota Press have published a great history and catalogue of Steven Anderson's Vermillion Editions, a fine-print studio that was a landmark entity in the heyday of Minnesota art.
Jun 4, 2007
Ephemeral Impressions: Minnesota on Paper
Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek reviews "Minnesota on Paper: Collecting Our Printed History" (University of Minnesota Press). It's a detailed account of commercially printed imagery in Minnesota, and provides a great view of what graphic design has been in the state.
May 28, 2007
Woven Voices: Mark Nowak's "Shut Up Shut Down"
Erin Lynn Marsh

Erin Lynn Marsh reviews Mark Nowak's book "Shut Up Shut Down," published by Coffee House.
May 21, 2007
Home and Away: The Nostalgic Heart
Mason Riddle

Mason Riddle spoke with David Coggins about his recent fine-press book "The Nostalgic Heart," a travel memoir that has won the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Travel/Essay category.
May 14, 2007
Ellie Schoenfeld: The Coexistence of Humor and Poetry
Ellen Sandbeck

Ellen Sandbeck had lunch with poet Ellie Schoenfeld and reports back . . .
May 7, 2007
Double Vision, Three Times
Shannon Gibney

Lovers of poetry and prose, and of Asian and Asian American arts, were treated to a night of luminary talent on May 1 at the Loft.
Apr 30, 2007
Haunted by the Past: Diane Wilson’s “Spirit Car”
Ann Klefstad, Diane Wilson

Ann Klefstad asked Minnesota Book Award nominee Diane Wilson a few questions about her remarkable memoir and family history, “Spirit Car.” Read on for her fascinating reflections on the experience of writing the book.
Apr 16, 2007
The Floor of the Sky: Both Earthy and Light
Jean Sramek

Jean Sramek read Pamela Carter Joern’s book ("The Floor of the Sky," from Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press) and admired its subtle clarity.


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