In search of Minnesota’s literary identity at AWP

As the fifteenth annual conference of the Association of Writers and Publishers (AWP) convened in Minneapolis this week, thousands of writers, editors, publishers, and other literary fellow travele


Rain Taxi Presents: A Literary Tribute to Grant Hart and Husker Du

A dozen Husker Du and Grant Hart inspired poets and writers came together Friday night sharing their literary homage to Husker Du and Grant Hart, presented by Minneapolis-based literary organizatio


Writers of color showcased at Gazillion Strong's AWP event

Full house at Aster Cafe's River Room

Through poetry, fiction, memoir, and spoken word, 11 literary artists took part in Gazillion Strong Presents: Writers of Color Showcase, at Aster Cafe in Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 8. Co-sponsored by Boneshaker Books, Moon Palace Books, and Gazillion Strong, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, the event is one of several free, off-site events being held in conjunction with the 2015 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, April 8 through 11. More than 12,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers are expected to attend the national annual event in this year's host city, Minneapolis.


Beyond Bars Reading Brings to Light Writing from American Prisons

Pictured from left to right are volunteers with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop at a reading at Hamline University on September 20, 2014: Dain Ingebretson, Kathryn Savage, Anika Eide, Peter Pearson, Nico Taranovsky, Jennifer Bowen Hicks, Elizabeth Tannen, Deborah Appleman, Mary Stein, Nell Ubbelohde, Scott Carpenter, Wendy Brown-Baez, and Bill Breen. Photo by Henry Breen. 

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration on earth, with 2.3 million people imprisoned in 2013—one in every 100 adults.


Top 12 Off-Site AWP Events

Twin Cities literati are gearing up for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference on April 8th-11, where we will be descended upon by authors, poets, publishers and editors f


Videos: Lorna Landvik & John Marty

MN State Senator John Marty and author/comedian Lorna Landvik appear on the current edition of Democratic Visions.


Author Lorna Landvik reveals that her recent novel best to Best to Laugh borrows some from her own life in Hollywood.


Learning in traditional ways from Native children's literature

Diverse though our experiences may be, we were all children once, and I believe that reading children's literature helps us to see ... through the lens of that commonality. 
- Linda LeGarde Grover

n Ojibwe tradition, as well as in all other Native cultures that I know of, womanhood from birth until the return to the spirit world is a sacred state, honored and respected.


Writing toward hope: How New Yorker Sherrie Fernandez-Williams found her voice in Minnesota

Minnesota Writer Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

Sherrie Fernandez-Williams was a child of few words.

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