April 4 Poetry Reading

Midstream Reading Series

When: Thursday April 4, 7:30–8:30pm.
Where: Blue Moon building, corner of 39th and (3820) East Lake.  Upstairs.  Entrance just west of the Blue Moon coffee house; up the stairs and to the left. Not wheel-chair accessible. Plentiful street parking.
Best to arrive 10-20 minutes early to get coffee and food/dessert from the Blue Moon, and to be seated by 7:30 so we can begin on time. And, the venue will easily hold about 30; after that, standing or floor-sitting room only. The early bird gets the seat. Please occupy the up-front seats first. Readers may bring their books for sale.

Original poems and stories read/performed by their creators:
Becca Barniskis
Lyle Daggett
Tim Nolan
Mary Jo Thompson

Becca Barniskis’ chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket will be published in 2013 by Anomalous Press. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals, among them The Boiler, Mid-American Review, burntdistrict, Conduit, and Prairie Schooner. More at beccabarniskis.com.

Lyle Daggett has been writing poems for nearly 45 years. He is the author of seven books of poems, the most recent of which is All Through the Night: New and Selected Poems, published 2013 by Red Dragonfly Press. His poems, translations, essays and book reviews have also appeared in numerous magazines and websites over the years. By day he works for a living in an office cubicle in a large corporation, talking on the phone and typing on a computer, and daydreaming of other things. In real life he continues to write. He is also the author of the weblog A Burning Patience, http://aburningpatience.blogspot.com, where he talks mostly about poets and poetry that interest him, and related things. He lives in Minneapolis.

Tim Nolan is a lawyer in Minneapolis.  His poems have appeared in many publications and venues, including The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry.  His first book, The Sound of It, was published in 2008 by New Rivers Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.  His new book, And Then, was published by New Rivers Press in October 2012.

Since receiving her MFA in 2009, Mary Jo Thompson’s poems have appeared in two anthologies, Best American Poetry 2011, and Another &Another, An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series (Bull City Press), and in Beloit Poetry Journal, Indiana Review, and Carolina Quarterly. She counts herself lucky to be in the same writing group as Becca Barniskis, especially since it’s allowed her to read Becca’s fiercely smart and keenly original book Mimi and Xavier before you can.

Before and after: The Blue Moon, downstairs, has coffee, sandwiches, desserts. Merlin’s Rest, a bar/restaurant 3 blocks west, has a full bar, good food, a late hours kitchen, some outside seating

For further information:David Shove shove001 [at] umn.edu     651-636-5672

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