February 14 Dirty Hands reading series EVENT

Love Valentine’s Day? Hate it? Either way be there for the next Dirty Hands Reading series event. Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Poetry. Poem-making. Heart-shaped cookies in black and pink. Odi et amo. Featuring the work of three amazing writers:

Poet James Cihlar. Photo by Brad Stauffer

Jim Cihlar

MJ_photo William Reichard

Mary Jo Thompson; William Reichard

Plus, all three writers will provide the inspiration for audience members to make their own
special Valentine poem.

 James Cihlar is the author of the poetry books Rancho Nostalgia (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and Undoing (Little Pear Press, 2008), and the chapbooks A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter (Bloom Chapbook Prize, 2013) and Metaphysical Bailout (Pudding House Press, 2010). His writing has been published in The American Poetry Review, The Awl, Court Green, Smartish Pace, The Rumpus, Lambda Literary Review, and Forklift, Ohio. He has received two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships for Poetry and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. jimcihlar.com

Mary Jo Thompson’s poems have appeared in the anthologies Best American Poetry 2011 and Another and Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, and in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Indiana Review, Carolina Quarterly, Great River Review, Rhino, North Coast Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Minnesota Monthly, among other journals.  She has collaborated with textile artist Mary Hark to create public installations of poetry and paper for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts at the Open Book and the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, the former supported by a Jerome Foundation grant. In 2009 Mary Jo received an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her manuscript, Stunt Heart, when it’s published, will rock you.

William Reichard is the author of four collections of poetry: Sin Eater (Mid-List Press, 2010); This Brightness (Mid-List Press, 2007); How To (Mid-List Press, 2004) was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and An Alchemy in the Bones (New Rivers Press, 1999) won a MN Voices Prize. Poems from This Brightness and How To have been featured on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” He has published one chapbook, To Be Quietly Spoken (Frith Press, 2001) and edited The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s (Univ. of MN Press, 2001). Reichard’s anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, was published by New Village Press in April 2011.