Monday, February 7, 2011

TIC Reading This Saturday

If you haven't been to a TIC reading, come to this one! Dress warmly and bring a blanket to keep you toasty while you look and listen to readers responding to art. There's great energy here, and I recommend bringing a notebook, so you can write as the inspiration strikes (and it will strike).

"ALL OUR BE-LONGINGS, a TalkingImageConnection reading"

Saturday, February 12 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd Street Southeast
Minneapolis, MN

Writers Sarah Fox, Didi Koka, Alison Morse, Andy Sturdevant, Bryan Thao Worra, and Stephanie Wilbur Ash invent poems, songs, and stories in response to Rosemary Williams' installation "Belongings" at the Soap Factory.

Free admission and hot cider. For more information call 612.623.9176 or email

TalkingImageConnection brings together writers, contemporary visual art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. For more information contact

Writer Bios:

Sarah Fox is a teacher, student, and doula. Her poetry collection Because Why was published by Coffee House Press, and her poems, essays, and reviews have been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, most recently Conduit, Rain Taxi, ElevenEleven, Spout, LUNGFULL!, ActionYes, and Tammy. She's received grants and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and was awarded the 2010 Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize for poetry. She lives in NE Minneapolis where, with John Colburn, she co-imagines the future Center for Visionary Poetics and nurtures a relationship with entheogenic plants.

Didi Koka is writer, Healer, Mother, recent MFA grad. Winner of the 2010 Best Poetry Thesis from Ham, she has published essay in Confluence, interviews in Water~Stone, and poetry in Minnesota Medicine and rock, paper, scissors. She has conducted poetry groups for healing professionals and has performed poetry with the Heal the Earth Collective. She is interested in the voicing of beings, sensate, imagined and inanimate, and the interplay of life and its aftermath, public and private lives, natural and human-created forms or systems. Briefly. anything and everything that defines itself in opposition.

Alison Morse’s poetry and prose have been published in Natural Bridge, Water~Stone, Rhino, Opium Magazine, The Potomac, and, among other places. She also runs TalkingImageConnection when she's not teaching or tutoring English.

Andy Sturdevant is a writer, artist, arts administrator and layabout based in South Minneapolis. His writing has appeared in, Rain Taxi, Mpls. St. Paul, Art Review and Preview! and Heavy Table. He is the host of Salon Saloon, a monthly live-action arts magazine held every fourth Tuesday at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Andy also recently wrote an essay on the visual culture of the Midwest that will appear in the catalog for The Spectacular of Vernacular exhibition, opening at the Walker Art Center in January 2011. A book of his illustrations, Handsome Liberals, will be published in 2011 by Location Books.

Bryan Thao Worra is a Laotian American poet whose books include On the Other Side of the Eye, Winter Ink, My Dinner With Cluster Bombs and Touching Detonations. He has received support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft Literary Center and the Playwrights Center. He holds a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Award for excellence in the arts. His work is taught internationally and appears in over 100 publications around the world including Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. He resides in North Minneapolis.

Stephanie Wilbur Ash lives in Mankato and Minneapolis. She is the co-creator of more than 45 episodes of the Electric Arc Radio Show and PowderKeg Live!, and co-creator of the full-length musical Don't Crush our Heart! When she's not writing musical theater and scripted radio, she is writing short stories. When she is not writing short stories, she is writing a novel. When she is not writing a novel she is very sad and hard to live with. She has two boys and an X-box that they bought with their own money, which they pooled together with their friend Leo's money, so what could she say then, huh? What was she supposed to say then?

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