Tuesday, March 15, 2011

City: A Language We Speak

CITY: A Language We Speak

A reading

April 8, 7-9pm

Poetry and language are often featured at Susan Hensel Gallery, especially during National School Library Month, and Reader’s Art, the annual artist’s book show that Susan has curated for eleven years. On April 8, a few days before the official start of National Library Week, Rosemary Ann Davis will host the reading City; A Language We Speak.

Ten local writers, and one artist, will perform readings about cities they have known and loved.

Wendy Amundson an award-winning Twin Cities marketing writer, took a trip to India that combined tiger watching at national nature preserves with the explosive color and cacophony of some of India's largest cities, including Jaipur.

Eileen Beha the author of Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog (Bloomsbury, 2009,. lives in Minneapolis with her husband, where she currently is working on her second novel for middle grade readers. Eileen lived in Seoul, Korea from 1986-1987.

Lisa Calame Berg is a long-time resident of Minneapolis,writes poetry and fiction and teaches English at Brown College when she is not traveling, gardening or hanging out with her dog (and family). She spent some time in Turkey, mostly Istanbul, a beautiful, mysterious, compelling city, to which she hopes to return some day.

Rosemary Ann Davis has lived in Tucson, Washington, D.C., and her beloved San Francisco.. Rosemary has been in a travel-writing group for 10 years. Her love of place, territory and geography make her a grateful host of this reading series. San Francisco is her city of choice.

Larry Englund, long time host of “Rhythm and Groves,” a classic and contemporary jazz program on KFAI radio, started life in the Bronx, New York. He has been in marketing communications for over thirty years. Larry will be reading about Buenos Aires and providing music for the City: A Language We Speak reading.

Mary Ellen Evans is a food writer who divides her time between Minneapolis and Provence. A former cooking school director, she enjoys sharing her passion for food with others. Mary will be reading about her time in Cairo, part of a wish-list trip inspired by reading Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

E.S. Fletcher earned her M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. Her writing has appeared in The Literary Bohemian and Confrontation. She is currently writing a spiritual memoir about her travels in Guatemala.

Rachel Gabriel is currently working on a memoir about being a Francophile despite her Midwest roots. Essays have appeared in Let Them Eat Crepes: Stories of the French Pancake and My Red Couch and Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith, of which she is co-editor.Her reading will be about the City of Lights: Paris.

Susan Hensel, raised in the Finger Lakes of New York, traveled as a young teen, living in Taiwan in 1962, stopping in Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi, Cairo, Athens, Rome, Frankfort, Stuttgart, Baden, Paris, and London before she entered high school. Susan, will be sharing writing about her recent journey in Australia.

Joyce Kennedy’s Ghost Lamp, published by the Laurel Poetry Collective, is her first collection of poetry. Joyce lives in Richfield near the Wood Lake Nature Center where she and her husband, Wallace, walk the paths. After a long career in education, the reading and writing of poetry has now become an integral part of her life.

Christine Stark is a writer and visual artist. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies. She collaborated with Fred Ho and others on Momma's Song and Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon, a CD/manga book recently released by Innova Recordings. Her first novel, Nickels, will be published in June, 2011. She will share recollections from St. Petersburg, Russia.

The readings are always fun, often uproarious and never stuffy. Published authors will have their books available for purchase. Light refreshments are always served and attendance is free…although the writers would love a few donations .

Come and have fun. The doors will open April 8, at 6:30, the reading will run from 7-9, more or less.


What: Reader’s Art11: Urban/Urbane

When: March 4-April 23, 2011

Where: Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Poetry Reading: City- a language we speak, hosted by Rosemary Davis, Friday, April 8, 7-9pm

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