Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday Jan. 7

Please join us at the Rogue Buddha Gallery (357 13th Ave., Northeast Minneapolis) at 7 pm to hear these fabulous readers:

Amara Hartman
grew up in Minneapolis. She spends a lot of time thinking and imagining--sometimes to her detriment, often to her benefit.

Brad Liening is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poetry has appeared in over a dozen online and print journals, including H_NGM_N, Swink, Forklift, and Fou. He's a poetry editor at InDigest Magazine and he helps run Hell Yes Press, a DIY press that publishes poetry chapbooks and zines. He lives in Minneapolis.

Juliet Patterson’s first book, The Truant Lover, was a selected by Jean Valentine as the 2004 winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including American Letters & Commentary, Indiana Review, Redivider, Swerve, and Verse. She edits poetry for Konundrum Literary Engine Review and teaches through the College of St. Catherine and Hamline University.

Nate Pritts is the author of The Wonderfull Yeare (forthcoming from Cooper Dillon) and two previous books of poems - Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVOX, 2007) and Honorary Astronaut (Ghost Road Press, 2008). A collaboration with painter Keith Gamache, Flutter By, is forthcoming from Cinematheque Press. He teaches poetry at the Downtown Writers Center/YMCA in Syracuse, NY.

Musical guest:

Eliza Blue
, trained as a classical violinist, took up the fiddle after falling in love with folk music and soon began writing songs of her own. Guitar came next, and then mandolin and banjo. Her lush voice and intimate performance style have drawn comparisons to Margo Timmins, Gillian Welch, and Leonard Cohen. Recently, Eliza has shared the stage with: Roma di Luna, Billy Bragg, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Watson Twins, Fiona McBain of Ollabelle, and Charlie Parr. When not on the road, Eliza lives in Minneapolis with her two dogs, Micah and Lily.

In addition to our awesome musical guest, this reading will feature another treat: the Pocket Lab Chapbook Shop. Look for poetry chapbooks by local presses, as well as by Pocket Lab authors. Thanks to Rachel Moritz for her offer to shop-keep!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A word from our sponsors...

I'd like to take a minute to give a big thank-you to our sponsor (and my employer), France 44. They've agreed to donate wine to the series--and all the yummy cheeses come from their fantastic cheese stores, which are not only full of delicious cheeses, but also charming and lovely people. Thanks, France 44!

Monday, October 26, 2009

November 5: it's on!

Writer bios:

Kristoffer Diaz is a 2009-2010 Jerome Playwriting Fellow. His play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity had its world premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater in September, and will be produced here in Minneapolis by Mixed Blood in April.

Brian Laidlaw is a poet and songwriter from San Francisco.  After several years of touring and rambling, he is currently working toward an M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Minnesota.

Rachel Moritz is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Night-Sea (2008) and The Winchester Monologues (2005), both from New Michigan Press. Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, HOW2, Indiana Review, 26, typo, and Verse Daily. Among her awards are a 2008 SASE/Jerome grant, and a 2005 fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She edits poetry for Konundrum Literary Engine Review and publishes WinteRed Press, a Minneapolis-based micropress of innovative poetry.

Matt Rasmussen’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Mid American Review, MARGIE, New York Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Dislocate, and Water~Stone Review. He is currently a Bush Artist Fellow and has received grants and residencies from the Jerome Foundation, SASE, The Corporation of Yaddo, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. His chapbook, Fingergun, was published in 2006 by Kitchen Press.

Monday, October 19, 2009

November 5: Kristoffer Diaz, Brian Laidlaw, Rachel Moritz, Matt Rasmussen

Rogue Buddha Gallery (357 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis)
7 p.m.

Poets! A playwright! Drinks and snacks!

More info. coming soon.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Poet Bios:

Paula Cisewski's collection of poems, Ghost Fargo, was selected by Franz Wright for the 2008 Nightboat Poetry Prize and will be released in spring 2010. She is also the author of the collection Upon Arrival, and of three chapbooks: Two Museums (MaCaHu Press, 2009), Or Else What Asked the Flame (w/Mathias Svalina, Scantily Clad Press, 2008), and How Birds Work (Fuori Editions, 2002). Thanks to the assistance of a 2009 SASE/Jerome grant, she is currently at work on a hybrid text memoir titled Novelty Seekers Anonymous.

Lara Crombie holds a B.A. in studio art, writes mean-spirited, self-indulgent reviews for, and rarely speaks Asian. Read her work here.

Farrah Field's first book of poems, Rising, won Four Way Books' 2007 Levis Prize. Her poems have appeared in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Typo, Harp & Altar, Fulcrum, La Petite Zine, and are forthcoming in Ekleksographia and effing magazine. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at

Amy McCann has an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University and teaches writing at Northwestern College in Saint Paul. Her work has appeared in Third Coast, Hotel Amerika, Puerto del Sol, and other journals, as well as on

Michael Walsh's first full-length book "The Dirt Riddles" won the Miller Williams Prize in Poetry from the University of Arkansas Press and will be published in Spring 2010. Red Dragonfly Press published his chapbook "Adam Walking the Garden" and will publish another, "Sleepwalks." His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, DIAGRAM, Meridian, and other journals.

Jared White received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and plays a fair amount of music, mostly on the piano. His poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Barrow Street, Cannibal, Fulcrum, Coconut, Horse Less Review, Word For / Word, and Verse. He also published essays on poetry and music, most recently in Harp & Altar, Open Letters, and Poets Off Poetry. He was awarded a University Writing Prize from the Academy of American Poets. A chapbook of poems, entitled Yellowcake, was in Cannibal Books' Narwhal compendium. His very occasional blog, No No Yes No Yes, can be found at