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National Book Award Finalist PATRICIA SMITH Reading @ The LitHouse!

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The Rose O'Neill Literary House is located on the campus of Washington College on the historic Eastern Shore of Maryland.

JaneTrenka.jpgIf you're in the Twin Cities, I highly recommend that prospective and current adoptive families go - with an open mind - to hear Jane Trenka. What she has to say about adoption is extremely important to consider before adopting and after.

Author and activist Jane Jeong Trenka is presenting a lecture titled "A Million Living Ghosts: Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea" tomorrow

Date: Thursday 11 February 2010
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: @ University of Minnesota, 100 Smith Hall
Cost: Free

Description: Since the end of the Korean War, South Korea has sent away more of its citizens to be adopted than any other country in the world. If we count

Call for Submissions

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TITLE: White before We Got Here: Youth & the Hidden Curriculum of Whiteness
EDITORS: Bill Ayers, Dept. of Education, University of Illinois @Chicago & Mambí Maestra Arrastía, Dept. of American Studies, University of Minnesota

We’re looking for essays, poetry, lyrics, and photographs of original visual/performance/installation art by young women and men no older than 25 at the time of the work was created.

Submissions to our edited book may be creative non-fiction, personal essays; poetry; and all types of artwork. The only rule is that the work has to be yours. Your work has to be previously unpublished and not under consideration by another publication or media source.

Work submitted should demonstrate an attempt to examine how you see and experience whiteness in your life, and/or culture, community, city, town, nation.

For more information and possible ideas to consider, go to WHITE.

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Catherine Compton
Third World Press
773-651-0700, ext. 25

CHICAGO – (Jan 7, 2009) – Veteran political activists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn will be speaking on their newest book, Race Course: Against White Supremacy at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at International House, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago. Publisher Haki R. Madhubuti will also speak about publishing the book, which he helped inspire the former Weather Underground founders to write.


The Poetix Collaborative: Readings by Gabrielle Civil, Kazim Ali, Kao Kalia Yang, and G. E. Patterson
Thursday 17 April, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Nolte Center 125

Gabrielle Civil

A bilingual poetry reading by GABRIELLE CIVIL, Associate Professor of English, Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at the College of Saint Catherine. Prof. Civil comes to performance art at the intersection of poetry, installation and conceptual art. Often, she creates environments, walks into them, and makes things happen. Performance becomes then for her a new way to make poetry. More than character or plot, image and interaction entice her - as well as the challenge of being in her own body while being with others in public space.

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Civil will be followed by readings from KAZIM ALI, KAO KALIA YANG and G.E. PATTERSON. Kazim Ali is a faculty member in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice James Books) and the forthcoming The Fortieth Day, and the novel Quinn's Passage, named one of the Best Books of 2005 by Chronogram. Kao Kalia Yang is the writer of the film A Million Miles Away to the Place Where We Were Born and author of The Latehomecomer, both works about the Hmong refugee experience. G. E. Patterson is a poet, critic, translator and teacher. He is the author of Tug (Graywolf Press, 1999) and To and From (Ahsahta, 2008), and winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

The Poetix Collaborative: Mark Nowak in a poetry dialogue with writers from AFSCME 3800 18 April 2008, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Location: Folwell Hall, 108

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MARK NOWAK is Associate Professor of Humanities at the College of Saint Catherine and his multidisciplinary work includes publications in anthropology, poetry/poetics, cultural studies, and photography. He is editor of the journal Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics which in recent years has brought into print new works by writers and artists such as Amiri Baraka, Lila Abu-Lughod, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Diane Glancy, Kamau Brathwaite, and Gerald Vizenor. Nowak is also editor of Theodore Enslin's Then, and Now: Selected Poems, 1943-1993 (National Poetry Foundation) and co-editor (with Diane Glancy) of Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours (Coffee House Press). Two collection of Nowak's poems and ethnographic writings, Revenants and Shut Up Shut Down have also been published by Coffee House Press and work from Revenants has appeared in over thirty literary journals and anthologies.

The Poetix Collaborative: "The Guantanamo Poems" with Mark Falkoff and W. Flagg Miller Friday 18 April, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Nolte Center 125

David Chiasson, NY Times (19 August 2007)

MARC FALKOFF, is a human rights lawyer and editor of Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak (University of Iowa Press, 2007). W. Flagg Miller is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. He is an anthropologist specializing in Middle Eastern poetics as social practice, who provided a scholarly foreword for the book, and is the author of The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen (Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2007).


Guantánamo detainees wrote poems on Styrofoam cups. The Dow Corp. came up with Styrofoam in 1942 as part of the war effort. These poems in Arabic or Pashto were recyclable yet they were discarded. The Guantánamo poems neither exist, since the originals are gone, nor do they not exist, since the translations, done by the legal translators involved in their defense, remain. The internment camp was invented in 1896 in Cuba (according to Giorgio Agamben). Guantánamo is in Cuba but it is under no active jurisdiction other than that of the US. It conforms to what theorist Carl Schmitt calls "the state of exception." This is what happens when a legal system is circumvented by force. Schmitt's paradigm was Hitler's suspension of the Weimar Constitution after the burning of the Reichstag. The suspension of a Constitution requires a paradoxical legal space outside of the Constitution. This legal space, which Schmitt calls sovereignty, defines dictatorship.

Excerpts from Poems from Guantánamo (Download file)

The poems themselves, their translation and translators, were all deemed security risks. Only twenty-two poems were approved for publication, at the behest of a human rights lawyer representing seventeen of the captives.

The Poetix Collaborative: "The Collapsible Poetics Theater" with Rodrigo Toscano and reading by Jeff Derksen Friday 18 April, 8 PM - 10 PM
Location: Nolte Center 125

Poetics Theater is a test of poetry. The Collapsible Poetics Theater is an all volunteer effort, one that assembles itself within a given 24 hour period of each performance. Each locale (with its resident poets, experienced actors, experienced non-actors) brings an entirely new set possibilities. It is reminiscent of Commedia Dell'Arte in its traveling, portable, rapid-set up qualities. To be sure, Poetics Theater fits into the poetry scene as a baby does in itchy burlap; it fits into the drama scene as does a little crown, little scepter, little gown, all neatly stored in a metal suitcase (quite literally!). The dings are just dings. The persistent question is: can the poem be tested any further?

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RODRIGO TOSCANO (Labor Institute, NYC), is a poet, founder of Collapsible Poetics Theatre, and author of (among others): The Leveling Swerve (Krupskaya, 2004), Platform (Atelos, 2003), The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002), and The Partisan (O Books, 1999).

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JEFF DERKSEN is an Assistant Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. He is a poet, cultural critic, and author (among others) of: Transnational Muscle Cars (Talonbooks, 2003), Dwell (Talonbooks, 1994), and Down Time (Talonbooks, 1990).

The Annual David Noble Lecture


Prof. Peter Rachleff
Macalester College Labor Historian


Tuesday 15 April 15, 2008
7:00 PM
Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd West, Saint Paul, MN


"Hard-Pressed in the Heartland: the Making, Unmaking and Remaking of Minnesota’s Labor Movement in the 20th and 21st Centuries"”

From the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century working women and men from Scandinavia, southern and eastern Europe, and the east coast of the United States formed labor unions that struggled against some of the world's most powerful corporations. They sought economic security, acceptance as citizens, and social respect through these unions and their participation in the political system. The economy that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s tore apart their world, but also brought new immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa to the North Star State. These new immigrants are now struggling to reshape their Minnesota universe, and their struggles change the balance of power and the prospects for other Minnesotans. This lecture will tell the story not only of what happened, but how to think about the future.

This event is FREE. Reception to follow.

Made possible by the Minnesota Historical Society,
The Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and
The Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Fund through the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Foundation.

For more information call (651) 259-3000, 1-800-657-3773 or TTY (651) 282-6073

Poet Patricia Smith in Minneapolis

Monday 7 April 2008, 7 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Telephone: 612-871-7400


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From Lollapalooza to Carnegie Hall, the film Slamnation to HBO series Def Poetry Jam, Patricia Smith has taken the stage as the nation’s premier performance poet. On Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m., Smith will read from her newest poetry collection, the National Poetry Prize-winning Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press), in the Literary Witnesses series at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. (at Franklin). The event is free, with plenty of free parking available.

Smith’s first book of poetry in over a decade, “Teahouse of the Almighty? has won wide critical acclaim. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Dazzling... Smith approaches the themes of love, family and violence through accessible, graceful language and often praises her subjects with a simple ‘hallelujah.’? In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly noted, “Smith appears to be that rarest of creatures, a charismatic slam and performance poet whose artistry truly survives the printed page.? Poet Stephen Dobyns assures readers “she will knock your socks off,? while National Poetry Series judge Edward Sanders confides, “I was weeping for the beauty of poetry when I reached the end of the final poem.? Teahouse of the Almighty is also the recipient of the first national Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.

A four time winner of the National Poetry Slam, Smith is the author of three previous poetry collections, plus the children’s book Janna and the Kings, and co-author of Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery. She teaches poetry workshops throughout the country and lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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