Lee Ann Roripaugh

In March 2011, a tsunami caused by an earthquake collided with nearby power plant Fukushima Daiichi, causing the only nuclear disaster in history to rival Chernobyl in scope. These poems take a piercing, witty, and ferocious look into the heart of the disaster, showing us survivors, victims, and Tsunami: a force of nature, femme fatale, and “annihilatrix.”

– 02/27/2019

The Saint Paul Public Library's Fireside Reading Series will host Karen Babine, author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer. This season, the series is asking Fireside authors to talk about what “home” means to them. The goal is to complement the citywide conversation happening this winter as part of Read Brave Saint Paul, an intergenerational reading program whose 2019 theme is housing.

Milkweed Editions Announces Regional Poetry Prize Expansion and 2019 Judge

Milkweed Editions is pleased to announce that the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, the largest regional poetry prize in the country, will continue under a new name, the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. The prize will also offer expanded eligibility, adding Michigan to the list of eligible states of residence for entrants in the upper Midwest. The 2019 judge will be acclaimed poet, essayist, and literary translator, Khaled Mattawa.

– 02/17/2019

In this workshop, students will engage the delights of the Popol Vuh in a brand-new verse translation by Michael Bazzett, the first in the English language, so that the myth can now “sing for our time too.”

– 02/16/2019

In this workshop, Michael Bazzett will help students develop a stronger understanding of how honoring the narrative impulse creates leaner writing, enhances formal dexterity, and both delights and engages audiences.

– 02/14/2019

In this workshop, Michael Bazzett will have participants read the work of James Wright, Wislawa Szymborska, Bill Knott, Jamaal May, Patricia Lockwood, Wendy Cope, and Billy Collins, in examination of how many of the poetic techniques used in lyric poetry can echo those used in joke structures.

Bookseller Recommendations: December

As this round of recommendations came together, we noticed that each selection reflects a specialty of the bookseller who picked it: Berit is always reading interesting food books that affirm the importance of community; Daley spends a lot of time on short, atmospheric novels and books about artists; Hans is drawn to creative approaches to social issues and artful infographics; and Roseanne is on a one-woman mission to celebrate short stories and great backlist titles.

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

A visiting writer in the MFA program at Butler University, HANIF ABDURRAQIB is an acclaimed poet and cultural critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, MTV News, and other outlets. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize, he is the author of the highly praised poetry collection The Crown Ain't Worth Much and the essay collection They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, which was included in the Chicago Tribune's 25 Must-Read Books list for fall 2017 and received recognition from reviewers coast-to-coast, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly. He is currently at work on They...


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