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Dirty Hands reading series at Banfill-Locke: January 10


Rachel Moritz reads from old and new work to a captivated audience.

Susan Steger Welsh talks to an audience member after her stellar reading.

Susan Steger Welsh talks to an audience member after her stellar reading.

Please join me on Friday, January 10 at 7:30 pm

at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts to hear two outstanding writers:

 poet and essayist Susan Steger Welsh and poet Rachel Moritz

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Steger Welsh



The Dirty Hands reading series features writers whose work addresses the world with immediacy and sharp edges. Discover new voices as well as new writing from familiar writers and new ways of reading and presenting poetry, prose, and ideas. These will be interactive events; series curator Becca Barniskis invites audience response and facilitates a lively exchange between writers and readers.

More about the readers:

SUSAN STEGER WELSH is a former TV news producer with a degree in Textiles and Clothing, an MBA, and a tendency to get carried away with things. Her first poetry collection, Rafting on the Water Table, (New Rivers Press 2000) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her essay, “My Good Bad Luck”, appears in Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, (Borealis Books 2008). She has been awarded two State Arts Board Fellowships, a SASE/Jerome fellowship, and a Jerome/Travel Study grant.

Susan lives with her husband and the boxes left behind by her grown children in a 1910 bungalow, which is the subject of her current project. She’ll be reading prose and poems from that manuscript, titled I Still Have Dreams About that House. It’s the story of her search to learn the history of the house, the Macalester Park neighborhood, and the remarkable stories of the people who lived there over the past century.


RACHEL MORITZ is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Elementary Rituals (Albion Books, 2013) Night-Sea (New Michigan Press, 2008) and The Winchester Monologues (New Michigan Press, 2005). Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, 26, TYPO, Verse Daily, and VOLT. Among her awards are 2010 and 2012 fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a 2008 SASE/Jerome Fellowship, and a 2009 residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Rachel received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has taught writing in community and academic settings, including Hamline University, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and The Loft Literary Center. Currently she teaches with Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota and edits poetry for Konundrum Engine Literary Review.