MINNEAPOLIS — The Poetry Out Loud State Competition, Mentor Series announces that Cathy Park Hong will perform among other March events.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, open to the public, and take place at
The Loft Literary Center at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue S., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Poetry Out Loud State Competition will be held Thursday, March 13, 11:30 a.m., at Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
The Loft is excited to be managing Poetry Out Loud for the state of Minnesota as part of our mission to inspire a passion for literature. One high-school student from this state competition will go on to represent Minnesota at the 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals this April in Washington, DC.
The Minnesota Book Awards Nominee Awards Nominee Reading will be held Friday, March 14, 7 p.m. at The Loft. The Mentor Series event features Cathy Park Hong on Friday, March 21, 7 p.m. at The Loft.
The 2013-2014 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents poetry mentor Cathy Park Hong reading along with program participants Caitlin Bailey (poetry) and Kristin Fitzsimmons (poetry).
Cathy Park Hong is the author of three collections of poetry, including Translating Mo’um published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by WW Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by WW Norton.
Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Caitlin Bailey holds an MFA from Hamline University where she served as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Water~Stone Review. Her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bateau, Lumina, Paper Darts, Poetry City USA, Vol. 2, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a collection of poetry. She lives near the river.
Kristin Fitzsimmons received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in June 2013 and has since been a summer teaching artist at The Loft and a co-host and editor for the YouTube series What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? Her work has most recently been published in New England Review Digital, Midway Journal, and Handsome.
The Equilibrium event will feature Vicky Grist and Flirinda Bryant on Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m. at The Loft.
Vicky Grise, a Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow whose project centers around Latino and Somali communities on Lake Street, will perform and co-curate this event.
Echoes Across The Pond: Voices, Irish & American, will be held Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m. at The Loft.
Join Joyce Sutphen, Tim Nolan, Patricia Kirkpatrick with special guests Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat for a special evening of Irish and American writing.
The Last Incantations: David Mura Publication Launch, will be held Friday, March 28, 7 p.m. at The Loft. Join us for a reading with David Mura and his fellow writers, Alexs Pate, Ed Bok Lee, Bao Phi, and Julianna Pegues. The reading will celebrate the publication of his new poetry book, The Last Incantations. It will also be a memorial for Mura’s late Aunt Ruth, who inspired his writing and artistic career, and whose birthday was March 28.
David Mura is an award-winning poet. He is a recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and a winner of the National Poetry Contest, among other honors. It’s been ten years since the publication of Mura’s last book of poetry, Angels for the Burning, and his new collection contains a wide variety of work, from lyric poems to dramatic monologues to performance pieces and a long poem about the sculptor, Isamu Noguchi.
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