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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

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