Come to a reading by five local Red Bird authors: Nancy Shih-Knodel, Joan Johnson, Francine Marie Tolf, Alison Morse, and Matt Mareck.
March 14, 2017 7:00 pm
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue
Chapbooks will be available for sale and refreshments will be served.
The Landscape of the Body by Nancy Shih-Knodel
Nancy Shih-Knodel's poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Examined Life Journal, and Yellowjacket Review. She is a faculty member in the English Department at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Her poetry collection The Landscape of the Body is a raw and honest look into the progression of cancer in one’s life.
An Alphabet for Aging by Joan Johnson
Joan Johnson returned to the practice of writing poetry at the age of seventy as she began her retirement. For six years, she has belonged to a writing group in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lives, close to her daughters and grandsons. In An Alphabet for Aging, her quiet, yet spirited, five-line meditations on aging, Joan Johnson packs joy, resignation, self-awareness and reflection into only twenty-two syllables per poem. A lot happens in these cinquains, a cousin to the more-familiar haiku form.
The Rough Edge of Joy by Francine Marie Tolf
Francine Marie Tolf has published two full length poetry collections, Rain, Lilies, Luck and Prodigal, as well as a memoir, Joliet, six chapbooks, and a collection of essays, Joliet in My Blood. Her essays and poems have been published widely. More about her at www.francinemarietolf.com In The Rough Edge of Joy, Francine Marie Tolf explores grief, childhood memories and the challenges of growing older, all with laser vision for specific details.
If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head by Alison Morse
Alison Morse's prose and poetry have been published widely. Her story, "The Truth About 'The Lead Plates at the Romm Press,'" won the 2012 Tiferet Fiction Award. Her multi-media work with visual artist Rachel Breen has received support from the Rimon and Brin foundations. Each story in Alison Morse’s If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head offers no easy morality or pat answers. Instead, her rich images and intimate details add up, and the work is elevated: every story an illumination.
..a sleep and a forgetting by Matt Mareck
Matt Mareck lives and writes in Minneapolis MN. He shaves his head three times a week and has a pile of clothes on the floor next to his bed. He once took fourth place in a pine wood derby, the trophy is on his bookshelf. Bring Back Firefly! In his narrative essay, "…a sleep and a forgetting," Matthew Mareck takes readers on a journey from trauma to recovery. In the books of Harry Potter, Mareck finds solace, a way forward, and a meaning bigger than both the books and himself.