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, June 7. But remember: Visitors are welcome to attend (though not read or critique) any Wednesday.
Traffic Street Press announces the publication of Bargehands’ Dance by poet and Workshop member KEVIN O’ROURKE. The fine, deluxe edition includes photographs by Paulette Myers-Rich, winner of the Minnesota Book Award and long time associate of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas.
Edition is limited to 50 copies at $50 pre-publication price; $65 after 9/10/2015. For purchase please contact Paulette Myers-Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation and reading (reservations required):
Date: September 10, 2015
Time: Contact email@example.com
Place: Traffic Street Press Studio
436 Smith Av N, St Paul MN 55102
Reservations contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The river is a force, a power, a lure over the human animals that reside nearby. It draws you in. If you’re respectful and humble it will help you live and tell you its secrets. If you are a fool and cocky- it will kill you. This is certain. The men and women who work upon its waters know this and this book is in honor of them, and an homage to the River, its dwellers, lovers, dreamers and those who have learned its secrets.”
Below is author bio furnished by Traffic Street Press:
T.K. O’Rourke is a long-time Minneapolis resident and well known, well-respected street poet of mixed origins and traditions. He has supported himself as a laborer, barge worker, wharf night-watchman, self employed carpenter, stone mason, bootmaker, dishwasher, cook, cowboy, arborist and big-rig over-the road driver. He is the grandson of Harlem Renaissance poet Gwendolyn Bennett and has studied with the Chicago poets Joffre Stewart and David Hernandez.
T. K. O’Rourke began to recite his street poems at age 16 in Chicago. At age 21 he recited at the Temple of Zeus at Cornell University. TKO has been involved and connected to various alt-poetry venues and poets for decades. He both is a recipient and a finalist of the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition and was also crowned “River King” for winning a storytelling slam sponsored by REVOLVER in 2013. In other words- a poet in both art and life, with the experience to give truth to the telling. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Outermost Poetry Award judged by Marge Piercy, the John Keats Soul Maker Sonnet award, and the KVP Jack Kerouac award.
O’Rourke’s work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Spectrum (Scotland), Flatmancrooked, Anthology of Contemporary Poetics, Cartier Street Review, Lief, Blue Collar Review and many others. TKO’s fourteen volumes of handmade tattered chapbooks of street poetry are a part of the Givens Rare Book Collection at the Anderson Library of the University of Minnesota.
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.