Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Talking Image Connection reading August 4th

TalkingImageConnection and The Soap Factory present
"Hedge Magic Spells and Incantations: a TalkingImageConnection reading"

Writers Dennis Cass, Heid Erdrich, Jean Miriam Larson, Matt Mauch, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Alison Morse and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay conjure stories and poems in response to "Hedge Magic," a show of sculpture and installations curated by the Soap Factory, that "looks at processes of transformation."
"Hedge Magic, practiced without the mediating control of a higher power, uses intuition and inspiration to gather and interpret material found in nature and culture," with an eye toward the "chaotic detail that creates the whole."

Saturday August 4th, 8pm at the Soap Factory
514 2nd Street SE Minneapolis

Free admission

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

Dennis Cass is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones and the online journal Slate. He is the author of HEAD CASE: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain (HarperCollins). Dennis has also worked as a literary agent, a copywriter, and adjunct professor at Carleton College, where he teaches creative nonfiction. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son and wouldn't have it any other way.

Heid E. Erdrich has authored four books of poems. Raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota, she is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She frequently teaches as a visiting author and serves as a project scholar. Heid also works with visual artists and directs an Ojibwe language press. Her current projects are a cookbook from the indigenous foods movement and a collaborative multi-disciplinary show called Artifact Traffic. Her new book is Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems. She daily enjoys the vast transhumance in view around Lake of the Isles near her home in Minnesota.

Jean Miriam Larson writes poems and creative non-fiction. Her most recent project is The Superior Life, a book of poems about Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, Lake Superior’s north shore, and all things wilderness, published by Broadcraft Press. Jean’s poems, interviews, and essays have appeared in Midway Journal, Rock, Paper, Scissors, and The Park Bugle as well as in performances with TalkingImageConnection and Three Dances. An ekphrastic essay also appears on Norton’s website, PoemsOutloud.

Matt Mauch is the author of Prayer Book (Lowbrow Press) and the forthcoming chapbook The Brilliance of the Sparrow (Mondo Bummer). His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, DIAGRAM, Willow Springs, Spinning Jenny, and elsewhere. Host of the various readings that comprise the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read (GTCPR) & Road Show, and editor of the annual anthology Poetry City, USA, Mauch teaches in the AFA program at Normandale Community College. He lives in Minneapolis.

An enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation of Fort Berthold North Dakota, R. Vincent Moniz Jr. is an emerging voice hailing the Philips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Vincent has been a part of the Twin Cities artistic community for over two decades as an actor, but has only shared his poetry a handful of times. Most recently he performed as part of Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft and has been working on 2 things since that evening, matching the energy of that performance and grabbing 18 dollars’ worth of quarters off of his right elbow.

Alison Morse's poems and stories have been published in Water~Stone Review, Natural Bridge, The Pedestal, Rhino, Opium Magazine, and other places. In 2012, she completed a collection of stories about Kenyan social justice activist Wahu Kaara for the Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. She was also the 2012 "poet in residence" for the St. Paul JCC. Alison teaches English and runs TalkingImageConnection.

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay's work has been published by literary and scholastic journals, lifestyle magazines, almanacs, newspapers, and anthologies nationwide. She is a 2011 and 2012 Jerome Foundation/Mu Performing Arts' New Eyes Theater Fellow, winner of the 2010 Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry, recipient of a Joyce Foundation Scholarship and a Loft Literary Center scholarship. Her play, Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, is in its third developmental stage with Mu Performing Arts. Get to know her at

Monday, July 16, 2012

Every Day Poets seeking short poetry

Every Day Poets ( is seeking submissions of high-quality, short (under 500 words) poetry for its online poetry journal. No previously published work Limit of three submissions under consideration at any one time. Full guidelines at

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen.

Kathleen Cassen Mickelson
Joint Managing Editor
Every Day Poets

One Minnesota Writer

Barbaric Yawp open reading Sunday, July 29th

It's the monthly feast of reading, brought to you every last Sunday of the month at the Coffee Grounds in St. Paul from 6:30-8:30.  Show up with some pieces to read for 5 minutes, hear great readings, enjoy the wonder that is Chris Title . . .  So many good things.  And then usually an after party . . . 

If you're looking for a low-key place to get experience listening and reading, this is a good place for it.  You never know who you'll see.

Check it out on Facebook, too!

Poetry Book Club meets July 26th

Hamline and the Moveable Feast are hosting a Poetry Book Club on the final Thursday of the month from 7:30-9 pm at Jean Larson's house. On July 26, we will discuss the book What Work Is by Philip Levine. (Micawbers Bookshop in St. Paul has a sale price on this for member of our club.)
Check us out on Facebook or email Jean at for more information or to get on the Book Club's Mailing list.