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

March 5, 2012




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


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.

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  1. March 21, 2012 9:41 pm

    This sounds like it will be a wonderful event. Wish we lived closer. Best wishes.

    Have you worked with others who may be familiar with farming and also have an affinity for the land, but have yet to try writing poetry, Todd?

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