An evening of poetry, art, and fine writing with Andrea Jenkins and Patricia Zontelli. Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.
Andrea Jenkins is an award-winning poet and writer. Most recently she was awarded a Bush Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Cultural Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts, and she was sponsored by the Bush Foundation and named a fellow in the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwright’s Center. Last year she won the Verve Grant for Spoken Artist at Intermedia Arts and the Naked Stages Grant for Emerging Performance Artist at Pillsbury House Theatre. She is a Givens Foundation Fellow and worked with Amiri Baraka and J. Otis Powell! She won the Loft Mentor Series in 2002 and the Napa Valley Writers Conference scholarship in 2003.
As a poet and writer, her work has appeared in several local publications including The Minnesota Spokesman–Recorder, The City of Minneapolis Website, The Minneapolis Observer, The International Journal of Transgenderism, and The Powderhorn Writers Festival. She has performed with The Outward Spiral, Mama Mosaic and many others. Andrea has self-published a chapbook of poems called “tributaries: poems celebrating black history,” and another collection called “Pieces of a Scream: New and Selected Poems.” Her latest chapbook is titled “The “T” is NOT Silent.” Most recently her work has appeared in Gender Outlaws Two: The Next Generation. She currently co-curates the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts.
Andrea holds various degrees including a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development, a certificate from the University of St. Thomas’ Community Leadership Institute, and a Bachelors of Science in Human Services / Interpersonal Communications. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Andrea currently works as a Senior Policy Aide to City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden and lives in Minneapolis.
Patricia Zontelli is a poet and a visual artist who divides her time between Wisconsin and England. New Rivers Press published her first and second collection of poems; the latter, Red Cross Dog, was winner of the Headlands Poetry Competition and a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in a number of journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Connecticut Review, Cream City Review, Georgetown Review, Gettysburg Review, Los Angeles Times, Magma, Slant, Water~Stone Review and others. She was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant and a Bush Artist Fellowship and has recently completed two new collections of poems.