Established in 1937, the Minneapolis Writers Workshop is an eclectic mix of writers, ranging from beginners to long time professionals, and reflect all ages, genders and backgrounds. We have members who publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s literature, romance, hard-boiled crime, memoir, travel, poetry, humor and assorted forms of the unclassifiable.
The first Wednesday of every month is Open Read: Non-members are welcome to bring a piece of their writing for the workshop to critique (10-minute limit). Next Open Read is Wednesday, April 5. But remember: Visitors are welcome to attend (though not read or critique) any Wednesday.
Workshop member Dan Budke, alias D.B. MOON, recently published his novel He’s Either Dead or in St. Paul. The book is based on historical events that took place in the gangster days of the roaring 20s.
The current Whistling Shade (Colette issue) features a memoir by JOHN-IVAN PALMER about the historic Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris, which he nearly burned down on the evening of January 16, 1968. Copies available at area bookstores, libraries and coffeehouses.
Writing by Workshop members Jim Johnson, Paul Pederson, Lee Henschel and former member Beadrin (“Pixie”) Younghahl will appear in Black April—40 Years Since the Fall of Saigon (Lanesboro MN: Shipwreckt Books).
Jim Johnson’s essay is a concise treatment of Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers.
Paul Pederson’s poem is about basic training in the army.
Lee Henschel’s poem is a lyrical narrative about serving in Vietnam.
Beadrin Youngdahl essay recounts the relationship between a young nurse and her brother, a Vietnam vet.
Copies of Black April will be available at the Workshop.
Choshi Ocean Institute Dolphin & Whale Watching Calendar 2014, translated from the Japanese by JOHN-IVAN PALMER in collaboration with Tomimasa Miyazaki and Ayano Kitada, is now available. See: http://www.irukanet.com/choshi/
Workshop member TED KING, widely published in literary journals, author of two chapbooks and a word-jazz CD, will be one of several internationally renowned poets featured at Carol Connolly’s Reading by Writers Series. He will be joined by bassist Brock Thorson, member of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra.
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Place: Historic University Club
420 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul MN 55102
Time: 7:00 prelude music by violinist Mary Scallen and Flutist Jim Miller
This first rate cultural event is one of the great benefits of living in the Twin Cities.
“Oolong Tea,” a poem by Workshop member and popular Twin Cities poet and performance artist TED (“Last Living Beatnik”) KING, is now in the current issue of Altered Scale
Also the current issue of Whistling Shade features an ensemble of his short satirical fiction, some of which he will read at the release party. Free admission, drinks and refreshments. See details below.
Date: Friday, November 14th, 20014 Time: 7 pm Place: Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St NE, Mpls 55413 (651) 243-1756
Get there early because the artist must rush to a second performance that night at Gallery13: JAZZ AND BEAT POETRY featuring Ted King, Rocket Man Brock Thorson, Bill Lang and Jared Jarvis.