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!