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Jean Valentine | Sat. Apr 4/21 – 7:30pm | Somers Lounge CSS

April 3, 2012

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER JEAN VALENTINE TO GIVE SPIRIT LAKE POETRY READING

 

Jean Valentine Internationally known poet and National Book Award recipient Jean Valentine will read from her work on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica. 

 
Jean Valentine’s poems are described as “a rare pleasure: serious and graceful” by the Library Journal, and as “sustenance, warmth, and light” by the poet Franz Wright. Her eleventh book of poetry, Break the Glass, was published in 2010 by Copper Canyon Press, and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Door in the MountainNew and Collected Poems 1965 – 2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
 
Ms. Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence College for over thirty years.  She said teaching is a “wonderful way to be with people, both colleagues and students.  The students are colleagues, too.”  She has been a visiting writer across the country, and has also taught at the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.  
Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Valentine was the State Poet of New York from 2008-10 and received the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Council for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Maurice English Prize, the Teasdale Poetry Prize, and The Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Prize in 2000.

 

Her website is: www.jeanvalentine.com.

 

Admission to this event is free and open to the public.  The reading is cosponsored by Spirit Lake Poetry Series and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.
 

Funding for the Spirit Lake Poetry Series is provided by the Manitou Fund, the Bookstore at Fitgers, the Arrowhead Library System, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the McKnight Foundation. ALS and ARAC receive support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.Event Poster

Outreach Reading | Public Library | International Falls | April 12th, 7pm

March 16, 2012

SkriefDouglas Skrief, a native of International Falls, is a former fellow of the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review and on BBC Radio. His poem “Mansefeldt Barn,” set to music by Kinley Lange, was premiered at the 2009 Cherry Spring Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. As a recipient of a 2006 McKnight Individual Artist Fellowship, he composed a collection of poems that was published in London in 2009 by Starhaven Press and was featured as “Poem of the Week” in The (London) Guardian newspaper. 

ImageMichelle Matthees is the author of three poetry collections, entitled Served, Junket, and Outside, all published by Press This! She has received grants, awards and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, the Arrowhead Regional Artists Council, and Associated Writing Programs, and she was a 2009 Jerome/ SASE Emerging Writer. Her poems have appeared in The Bloomsbury Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, PANK, The Bellingham Review, The Prose Poem Project, and numerous other journals.

ImageJulie Gard has published two chapbooks along with prose poetry and short fiction in The Prose Poem Project, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The MacGuffin, Fiction Attic, and a number of other literary journals and anthologies. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Arrowhead Regional Artists Council/McKnight Foundation. Julie teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior and lives a block from Lake Superior with her partner and daughter.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series | Todd Boss & Matt Rasmussen | Sat., March 24, 7:30 p.m. Somers Lounge CSS

March 5, 2012

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POETS TODD BOSS AND MATT RASMUSSEN TO GIVE SPIRIT LAKE READING

 

Spirit Lake Poetry Series will host a reading by poets Todd Boss and Matt Rasmussen on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica.

 

Todd Boss’s second book of poetry, Pitch, was recently released by W.W. Norton. His debut poetry collection, Yellowrocket (W.W. Norton, 2008), was selected as the 2009 Midwest Booksellers Honor Book for Poetry. Elizabeth Lund of the Christian Science Monitor states that his work “balance[s] raw beauty with traditionally poetic topics: growing up on a farm, marriage, and fatherhood. . . . [and] aches with subtle music, insight, and clearsighted compassion.” His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals, and his work has been syndicated on NPR and in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column.  In 2010, Yellowrocket was released in paperback in the US, UK, Ireland, India, Africa, and the Middle East, and his second collection is forthcoming next year from W.W. Norton.  Boss was raised on an 80-acre cattle farm near Fall Creek, Wisconsin and currently lives in St. Paul with his wife and children. He can be found online at www.toddbosspoet.com.

 

Matt Rasmussen’s poetry is described by Minnesota Public Radio as “mov[ing] easily between the humor of his poem about butter to emotionally potent themes like his brother’s suicide.” He is originally from International Falls, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus the year of the tornado before entering the Peace Corps (Papua New Guinea ’99-’01). His poems have been recently published or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Natural Bridge, MARGIE, Cimarron Review, Dislocate, and New York Quarterly, and his chapbook Fingergun is available from Kitchen Press. He participated in The Loft Mentor Series in ’06-’07, was awarded a SASE/Jerome Grant in ’08, and completed an Emerging Artist residency at The Anderson Center in Red Wing during the month of August, ’08.   He was awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2009.

 

Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

 

Funding for the Spirit Lake Poetry Series is provided by the Manitou Fund , the Arrowhead Library System, the Bookstore at Fitgers, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2009, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

St. David’s Day Reading: Wed. Feb. 22nd 7pm @ Teatro Zuccone

February 7, 2012

 

Spirit Lake Poetry Series will host the 16th annual St. David’s Day open reading on Wednesday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m., at Teatro Zuccone (222 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN).

This event honors the anniversary of the canonization of St. David, the patron saint of Wales. All poets, from novice writers to those with established reputations, are invited to read a single original poem and/or a favorite piece by another author. Prizes will be given for both categories, including books and the much-esteemed poetry chair.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

Funding for the Spirit Lake Poetry Series is provided by the Manitou Fund and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2009, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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Jim Moore | Saturday, November 12th | 7:30pm | Somers Lounge CSS

November 7, 2011

Spirit Lake Poetry Series will host a reading by poet Jim Moore on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica.

 

MN Poet Jim Moore to read at Somers Lounge CSS 11/12/11Jim Moore is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Lightning at Dinner, The Freedom of History, The Long Experience of Love, and the recently released Invisible Strings (Graywolf Press). Writing for the New York Times Book Review, Dana Jennings says, “Jim Moore’s poems are an artful amalgam of humor and fierce attention.” Moore’s recent poems in Invisible Strings are lauded as “tricky masterpieces of revelation” by Corduroy Books.
Moore has received numerous awards and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, The Loft, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, the Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Threepenny Review, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and in many other magazines and anthologies.
Moore teaches at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, as well as online through the University of Minnesota Split Rock Arts Program. He is married to the photographer JoAnn Verburg. They live in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy.
Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

Funding for the Spirit Lake Poetry Series is provided by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money in part from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by the Manitou Fund.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series in Grand Rapids! Sutter & Vine October 28th

October 12, 2011

Bart Sutter, winner of the Minnesota Book Award in three categories, and Ryan Vine, dynamic young poetry professor at the College of St. Scholastica, will present a joint poetry reading at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids on October 28, 2011. Their performance will be followed by an open mike and readings featuring writers published in Spring Thaw, the campus literary journal, as well as ICC faculty.

Sutter was the first Poet Laureate of Duluth, and his honors include a Bush Fellowship and the George Morrison Artist of the Year award. He has published six books, including poetry, fiction, and essays, and he has also been involved with theater productions in Duluth and St. Paul. Sutter will have a new book of poems released soon from BOA Editions. He also regularly performs as one half of the Sutter Brothers, a music-and-poetry duo. His website is http://www.bartonsutter.com/

Ryan Vine’s poems have appeared in many literary journals including American Poetry Review and Ploughshares, and his book, Distant Engines, won the Weldon Kees Award. Five of his poems were selected for inclusion in The Sanctuary Project, a music and poetry collaboration that was performed last March at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Asked about his poetics, he quotes Robert Frost: “Everything written is as good as it is dramatic.” Vine’s website is http://www.ryanvine.com/

Spring Thaw is an annual publication of Itasca Community College that has been published for over 30 years. Produced by a student editorial board working with a faculty advisor, Spring Thaw features artwork, poetry, short stories, and essays by students, faculty, and community members.

The reading will take place at 7 pm in the Continued Learning Conference Center (15 Backes Student Center) at the College. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Teresa Alto at 322-2371.

This event is cosponsored by Itasca Community College and Spirit Lake Poetry Series. Funding is provided by the Manitou Fund and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2009, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series 2011-12 Schedule

August 28, 2011
Friday, October 7 at 7 pm – Lightsey Darst and Elisabeth Workman – Teatro Zuccone
 Lightsey DarstNational Endowment for the Arts fellow Lightsey Darst is a dancer, critic and writer. A published poet, Darst is now working on her second book as a follow up to her first work Find the Girl. Her new work, Dance a trilogy, is inspired by hell, earth and heaven.
Elisabeth WorkmanElisabeth Workman was born outside of Philadelphia and has lived in  Boston, rural Pennsylvania, the Netherlands, the Middle East, and on/ around the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakota’s. Her work has  appeared or is forthcoming in Abraham Lincoln, fourW, Absent, Alice  Blue, Diode, and Western Humanities Review. Her chaps include a  city_a cloud (2006), Opolis(2007), Megaprairieland (2010), and Maybe  Malibu, Maybe Beowulf (2011).  A 2009 Jerome/SASE Fellow, 2010  McKnight Fellow and member of the Flarf Collective, she lives in  Minneapolis with her husband Erik Brandt and their new daughter Beatrix.
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm – Jim Moore – Somers Lounge/St. Scholastica
Jim MooreJim Moore is the author of six collections of poetry, including Lightning at Dinner, The Freedom of History, and The Long Experience of Love. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, the Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Threepenny Review, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and in many other magazines and anthologies.  Moore has received numerous awards and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, The Loft, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He teaches at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, as well as online through the University of Minnesota Split Rock Arts Program.  He is married to the photographer JoAnn Verburg.  They live in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy.
Wednesday, February 22nd at 7pm – St. David’s Day Open Reading – Teatro Zuccone
Open Mic – read your own poems and/or read poems by a favorite poet. While we can’t promise prizes for everyone, we can assure you that you’ll enjoy your evening spent with us and other lovers of poetry.
Saturday, March 24th – 7:30 pm – Todd Boss and Matt Rasmussen – Somers Lounge/St. Scholastica
Todd Boss Todd Boss’s poetry debut, Yellowrocket (W. W. Norton, 2008), will be followed by Pitch (Norton) in February 2012. Todd’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The London Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and Best American Poetry. He won VQR’s Emily Clark Balch Prize in 2009, and Yellowrocket was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

Matt RasmussenMatt Rasmussen is originally from International Falls, MN. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus the year of the tornado before entering the Peace Corps (Papua New Guinea ’99-’01). His poems have been recently published or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Natural Bridge, MARGIE, Cimarron Review, Dislocate, and New York Quarterly and
his chapbook (Fingergun, 2006) is available from Kitchen Press. He participated in The Loft Mentor Series in ’06-’07, was awarded a SASE/Jerome Grant in ’08, and completed an Emerging Artist residency at The Anderson Center in Red Wing during the month of August, ’08. He was awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2009.

Saturday, April 21 – 7:30 pm – Jean Valentine – Somers Lounge/St. Scholastica

Jean ValentineJean Valentine was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass, just out from Copper Canyon Press. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965 – 2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. (All of her books are listed below.)

Jean was the State Poet of New York for two years, starting in the spring of 2008. She received the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the NEA, The Bunting Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, The New York Council for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the Maurice English Prize, the Teasdale Poetry Prize, and The Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Prize in 2000.

She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Graduate Writing Program of New York University, Columbia University, and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

“Looking into a Jean Valentine poem is like looking into a lake: you can see your own outline, and the shapes of the upper world, reflected among rocks, underwater life, glint of lost bottles, drifted leaves. The known and familiar become one with the mysterious and half-wild, at the place where consciousness and the subliminal meet. This is a poetry of the highest order, because it lets us into spaces and meanings we couldn’t approach in any other way.” 

— Adrienne Rich