Join us at Milkweed Books as we partner with PeoplesPoetryMN to host over 30 local poets for the return of a Twin Cities tradition: The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read! Each poet will have three minutes to read a poem of their choosing before passing the torch to the next, creating a marathon reading that spans as many different forms of poet—established and emerging, experimental and spoken word—as we can fit into a single event.
Founded by Matt Mauch in 2008, the GTCPR was envisioned as a “for us, by us” adventure, with as many people as possible playing a part in making it happen. Over the years, several organizers and venues have worked annually to make the GTCPR a tradition in the poetry scene up through 2019. Now, after a four year hiatus, organizers Chavonn Williams Shen, Natalie Marlin, and Anthony Ceballos are bringing the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read back to life with that same mission at the forefront, aiming to offer as wide a platform for the local poetry community as possible.
Our list poets for this event includes: Allison Blevins, Alice Paige, Ash Wynter, Celina McManus, Clarence White, Daphne DiFazio, Elizabeth Tannen, Erin Sharkey, Gen Del Raye, Halee Kirkwood, J. Bailey Hutchinson, Jada Brown, Jessica Zick, Kate Kyser, Kris Bigalk, Larissa Larson, Lenora Magee-Howard, Lisa Yankton, LM Brimmer, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Marlin M. Jenkins, Mary Moore Easter, Matt Mauch, Merle Geode, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Michael Moore, Michael Torres, Moheb Soliman, Oliver D. Allen, Paula Cisewski, Peter Mason, Raine Ngo, Roy Guzman, Zang Xiong, and Zibiquah Denny.