Screaming On. Reflections on Lao American Horror Poetry

As I prepare for the release of my next book, DEMONSTRA, this year, some ask why much of my poetic work is centered on horror, compared to other writers who escaped the Southeast Asian civ

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Photographer Dick Bancroft chronicles American Indian Movement in new book, exhibits

John Fire Lame Deer, a Mineconju-Lakota spiritual leader who was born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. (Photo: Dick Bancroft, from We Are Still Here)

Dick Bancroft began photographing American Indians in 1971, and became one of the key visual documentarians of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which began as a street patrol against police brutality in Minneapolis and gained global press attention and popularity in the 1970s.

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Neal Gendler reviews Being Esther by Miriam Karmel

A bittersweet joy, the first novel by Miriam Karmel is a perfect-pitch account of living on after a very full life — youth, marriage, child-rearing and social activities — has become the past.

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"The Great Gatsby" and the Great Pumpkin: Writers who wrestled with their Minnesota pasts

Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

It was my friend Eric Bennett who drew my attention to a reference made by Bob Dylan to his fellow Minnesota escapee, F. Scott Fitzgerald. In Dylan’s song “Summer Days,” from 2001’s Love and Theft, a woman looking into the narrator’s eyes and holding his hand tells him he can’t repeat the past. “You can’t?” he replies. “What do you mean, you can’t? Of course you can.”

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Dr. Hawa Abdi, Somalia's 'Mother Theresa,' keeps hope alive

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author Dr. Hawa Abdi was in Minneapolis at the beginning of April as part of her national book tour for Keeping Hope Alive- a memoir about her life and work in Somalia. Named the Mother Theresa of Somalia, she has offered shelter and aid to thousands in her country since civil war began in Somalia in 1991. KFAI’s Christina Cerruti has this report. [Audio below]

Longtime Dinkytown shop, the Book House, finds new home in Prospect Park

Continuing education student Stefan Gherghelegiu browses through books Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Book House in Dinkytown. (Photo by Ichigo Takikawa)

Entering Dinkytown’s the Book House is like entering a maze.

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Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: Class and the new anti-feminism

Perhaps just as the glass ceiling is being broken, women are yet again being blamed for their failure to succeed. Or so it seems according to Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer.

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St. Paul: St. Anthony Park Library will close in June for remodel

Starting in early June, the St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave., will close to begin facility upgrades that will include creating more community space by redesigning the customer service desk area and installing an automated materials handling system. Currently, the library is planning to reopen on Aug. 1.

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