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November 19, 2008


Dear Friends,

This email is a reminder of the fantastic show that awaits you this Saturday, at The Loft Literary Center. Details are below.

I am honored to be part of this amazing project and to share the stage with such incredibly talented writers. No other project like this has come out of Minnesota and I highly encourage you to attend the CD release party to celebrate with us and hear some of the tracks live. Also, please pass this reminder on to any and all who would be interested in attending. Bring your friends. Encourage your students and peers to attend. It's sure to be an evening of great performances, thought-provoking words, and delicious company (with free food!). I hope to see you there!

Ka Vang

Nation of Immigrants:

The Loft Literary Center is proud to produce and release the Equilibrium (EQ) series' first compilations CD. The work featured on the CD seeks to question, challenge, and explode the notion that we are a 'nation of immigrants' - a political buzz phrase that often buries the histories of those it pretends to represent. Minnesota is perhaps unique in its ability to complicate the notion that we are simply a 'nation of immigrants' because of its large population of immigrants, Indigenous communities, adoptees, refugees from conflicts in Southeast Aisan and Africa, amongst many others. As participating artist Robert Karimi remarked, "nowhere in the U.S. do these questions come face to face more than in Minnesota - yet we never talk about it."

The CD release will feature short performances by some of the local poets represented on the CD. Free food and beverage will be provided. CDs will be on sale for $10.

Where: The Loft Literary Center
Open Book Building 1011 Washington Ave S (just a few blocks west of Seven corners, West Bank)
When: Saturday, November 22nd @ 8pm
Cost: FREE!! And you get free food!!!

http://www.twincities.com/ci_11007707?nclick_check=1 ; (look for more additional press from the Star Tribune on Friday...)

November 10, 2008


Intermedia Arts PresentsThe Carol Connolly Reading Series
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) Reading Series
hosted by curators Andrea Jenkins and John Medeiros

performances this month by
Christine Stark
and Edmond Manning

When: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
7:00 p.m.

Where: Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Christine Stark is an award-winning writer and visual artist of European and American Indian ancestry whose work has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The Florida Review, Blue Earth Review, Poetry Motel, Poetry Midwest, Our Choices, Our Lives, and Primavera. She is a co-editor of an international anthology entitled Not for Sale. She teaches writing, speech, and literature at a community college in Minnesota.

Edmond Manning has been writing for dozens of years now but only recently decided to pursue publication. The night before Thanksgiving he reads from his yet-unpublished novel, King Perry the Forgiver. The story explores the nature of compassion, forgiveness, and starfish in the context of an unusual gay romance, a weekend designed to help investment banker Perry Mangin “remember who he was always meant to be.� A sample of the author’s writing may be viewed at www.edmondmanning.com.

Event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 612-871-4444.

The Carol Connolly Reading Series, presented by Intermedia Arts, celebrates the rich diversity of voices that make up the Twin Cities community of writers, readers, and their audiences, offering public readings by both emerging and established local writers and poets. Funds for this activity are provided by the COMPAS Community Art Program through a grant from the McKnight Foundation. The Carol Connolly Reading Series is sponsored in part by The Banfill-Lock Center for the Arts, DreamHaven Books, Patrick's Cabaret, SF Minnesota, and the University Club of Saint Paul.

November 4, 2008


Monday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., at the Weisman Museum, Katie Leo will be reading, along with U of M MFA faculty, as part of a benefit for Second Harvest Food Shelf .