november, 2018

01nov6:30 pmAn Evening of Influences: A Reading with Lia Rivamonte, Carolyn Williams-Noren and Naomi Cohn


Event Details

Reading starts at 7 pm

Novelists who write poetry. Poets who write essays. Or book-length prose poems. Why take sides when it comes to poetry versus prose? This event celebrates literary friendship, and work that doesn’t trouble itself with staying within the lines of form…

Come hear what these writers are up to in the rich muddy zone between poetry and prose , come early for free refreshments and check out a new collaborative work and cultural space, CoCreatz, in the Creative Enterprise Zone.



2388 University Ave. W.

Suite 1, First Floor

St. Paul, MN  55114

Reading begins at 7

Doors open at 6:30—Come early for refreshments (no, not just leftover Halloween candy)

Naomi Cohn is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

(Note: Both Rivamonte and Williams-Noren are also recent Artists Initiative grand recipients…So triple thanks to the voters of Minnesota)

About the artists:

Naomi Cohn is a poet, therapist and teaching artist. Through her project, Known by Heart, she leads accessible poetry workshops and experiences and publishes poetry posters featuring the work of older adults and people with disabilities.  She’s also worked as a freelance writer, community organizer, encyclopedia copy editor and grant writer. Red Dragonfly Press published her chapbook, Between Nectar & Eternity, in 2013. Her lyric essay, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Bird, appeared in Hippocampus in 2016 and was  nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Thanks to a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, she is currently finishing a book-length prose poem, Entries from the Braille Encyclopedia, about the experience of learning braille as an adult. A Chicago native, she now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she’s proud to be featured in that city’s sidewalk poetry project.

Lia Rivamonte

The experience of growing up the daughter of Filipino immigrants in the S.F. Bay Area informs much of Lia’s writing. She is grateful to the Minnesota State Arts Board and the MRAC Next Step grant for support of the novel that she is still toiling over. She is deeply appreciative of the Bayless Poets for allowing her to sit with them once a month to share work. Her first poetry chapbook, “Tell Me When You Get There,” is forthcoming sometime next year, to be published by Finishing Line Press. Lia lives in the Little Bohemia neighborhood of St. Paul with her husband, Matt Brown.

Carolyn Williams-Noren
You’ll find Carolyn Williams-Noren’s poems in AGNI, Salamander, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. A chapbook of poems, Small Like a Tooth, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Her lyric essays have been in Willow Springsand Water~Stone Review. And her essay about friendship, jealousy, and the first years of motherhood made the “notables” list in The Best American Essays 2018. Carolyn lives in Minneapolis. She teaches creative writing classes for kids and adults, helps writers reach their goals, and serves creative businesses, educators, and non-profits as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader.
It’s free, there’ll be refreshments…hope to see you there if the stars align…


(Thursday) 6:30 pm



2388 University Avenue West (at Raymond)