NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Celebrate John Berryman and his poetry on Thursday


The Book House in Dinkytown offers an evening of poetry, reminiscence and shared experience for those who knew, who remember and who read and relish the poetry of John Berryman the Minnesota bard who taught hundreds of University of Minnesota students the lasting love of good poetry.  Berryman, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his book of poetry, 77 Dream Songs, taught at the U of M from 1955 until his death in 1972.

John Berryman: Poet and Teacher, A Celebration is Thursday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. in the Red Room at the Loring Pasta Bar, 327 14th Avenue SE, in Beautiful Downtown Dinkytown.  The evening includes readings by actor and writer Ben Kreilkamp who will read from a selection of Berrryman’s writings and a rare opportunity to hear a recording of Berryman audiotapes.

A circle of Berryman’s friends, students and colleagues will reminiscence about his life and his work.  The circle includes Judy Koll Healey, Michael Dennis Browne, Michael Mann, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Kate Donahue, and Richard Kelly who cataloged the papers of Berryman for the University of Minnesota Libraries.

The Book House will also feature a display of photocopied manuscript materials from the U of M Andersen archives; the manuscripts highlight the ways in which Dream Songs evolved from scraps of paper to typescripts ready for submission to the publisher.

The Celebration is free and open. Contact the Book House in Dinkytown at 612 331 1043 or 

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