Saturday, December 15, 2012

Accepting Poetry Book Club Suggestions for 2013

Dear Friends,

I would like to change the night and week of Poetry Book Club, and wanted to give you all a chance to give feedback. I would like to move it to MONDAY night and make it the second Monday of the month. This isn't perfect, I'm sure, but hopefully will help to avoid holidays. Second Monday: any feedback? Also, the start time will move up a half hour to 7pm. So 7-8:30pm.

As far as books for 2013, we talked about it at our last book club and agreed that recycling a few from months when we ended up not meeting would be great. Nevertheless, I've discovered only 4 of those from the past 2 years, so there's room for more. If you would like to nominate a book or two, please feel free to email me. I'm also thinking about Holaday mason's Dissolve because she emailed us a few years ago when we read another of her books and suggested this one. I am planning on starting with Heid Erdrich's National Monuments on Monday, January 14th, 7:00-8:30pm, if y'all don't protest unanimously about the change in the day of the week.

Please get back to me this week if you have any ideas!

All the Best,
Jean Larson

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

End of Semester Party this Saturday (you're invitied, alumni)

From the fine folks at West Egg Literati:

It's the event you've all been waiting for . . . your work is done for the semester and it's time for a little R-&-R, a little mental break, a little new inspiration, and a little celebration. This has historically been one of our most successful events each year, and we would love to see you there! It's a great place to catch up with classmates and alums, and a great opportunity to meet new people. Loved ones/significant others are, of course, welcome.  It's Saturday, December 15th at 7 pm at the Burgess Street Poetry House.  (If you can't come until later, we'll be here until midnight.)

What to bring?

Please bring your favorite pot-luck style dish to share (a hot dish, bars, cookies . . . you get the drift) and/or libations. We at the Poetry House will be providing some mulled wine, some alcoholic-free beverages, and a few snacks.

Driving directions to the Burgess Street Poetry House
1026 Burgess Street
St. Paul, MN 55103
(the “just in case” phone number, ask for Jessica)

We are just a few blocks south of Como Lake in the southeast quadrant of Front/Energy Park Drive and Lexington. Park on the street all you want. We are the little green house with burnt orange shutters on the south side of Burgess.

Directions from I-94

Go NORTH on Lexington Pkwy to Burgess Street (it’s a somewhat hidden turn that comes up just after a bride at the bottom of the hill)
Turn RIGHT onto Burgess.
We are on the second block, the third house on your right. (If you reach the cemetery you’ve gone too far.)

Directions from 36
Go SOUTH on Lexington Pkwy to Front/Energy Park Drive
Turn LEFT onto Front Ave.
Take your first RIGHT onto N Oxford Street
Turn LEFT onto Burgess. (We’ll be in the third house on your right.)

Do You Ride the Bus? Don't Worry! There's a Stop Close by!

The 3B bus will drop you right near the closest intersection. Get off at Lexington and Energy Park and go 2 Blocks SOUTH of Energy Park Dr to Burgess St. 1026 is just East of the intersection with Oxford St.

The 67 also drops somewhere close. Get off at the Minnehaha and Lexington stop and walk 5 blocks NORTH of Minnehaha (just over the bridge) and the next road on your right will be Burgess. Then walk to 1026.

The 16 and 50 drop pretty far away, but if that's the only route available to you, you'd have to walk 12-13 Blocks NORTH of University to get to Burgess then turn right and go to 1026. Like I said, not ideal especially in the cold weather. I'd recommend just taking the 84 North to connect then with the 3B.