April 20, 2009

Nu Griots2
Woven Voices
April 27, 7pm
Penumbra Theatre
270 Kent St., St. Paul

Inspired by the artistry of Sonia Sanchez & Carolyn Holbrook, the writers from the 2009
Givens Black Writers Collaborative Retreat will perform a collection of original pieces.

Admission by donation - no one turned away for inability to pay

For more information contact Ellena Schoop 651-895-5603

February 24, 2009

Women of Color Creative Writing Class

Women of Color: Writing our Stories
Women travel through stories, an oral tradition, and, perhaps, a visual one. We gather stories individually and as a group. We migrate. From south to north, east to west, from city to city, state to state, from other countries. From job to job, home to home, and family to family. We cross and uncross physical and spiritual boundaries.

Have you ever wanted to know how women’s past stories affect today’s stories? Have you ever wanted to document your family stories of migration – where you are from (geography), what you are from (culture), how (travel), when (history)?

Then join me for three lively, yet thought provoking afternoons. We will immerse ourselves in story. We will use creative writing, music, and collage to access family stories. Stories recalled from great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and even sisters – your story.

Dates: March 21, 28, and April 4

Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Dunn Bros. Coffee – 4648 East Lake St., Minneapolis

Cost: $30/$10 per session, cash or check only, $30 payable at first class

Application Process: Class limited to 8 participants, must be available to attend all workshops. To register, e-mail your name, e-mail address, postal address, and home and cell phone numbers to Please include a note indicating why you want to participate in this workshop. A reply e-mail will serve as your workshop confirmation.

Instructor: Lori Young-Williams
Lori Young-Williams is a 41year old prose / poet born in St. Paul. She comes from a working class family that believes in laughter, crying, and praying when times are good, bad or otherwise. Lori has one brother, one sister, and another sister who passed away when she was 14. She received her degree in Human Relationships with an emphasis in family relationships at the University of Minnesota, 1992. Lori works a 9-5 job in Human Resources and Finance, but her passion is her writing. Most of her poetry is about her family—family relationships and how they impact her life. She has been published in Interrace magazine, the Turtle River Press, the National Library of Poetry, Quill Books, Dust & Fire and other anthologies. Also, she has self-published two chapbooks. She has read in various bookstores, coffee shops, and spoken word events in the Twin Cities. Lori recently was accepted as a participant for the Givens Black Writers Retreat, with Sonja Sanchez and Carolyn Holbrook. She is currently working on her Master’s Thesis through the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota. She has studied with Rose Brewer, Carolyn Holbrook, Sherry Quan Lee, and others.

Co-facilitator: Sherry Quan Lee, author of Chinese Blackbird, Asian American Press, reprinted 2008, Loving Healing Press, and How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life, Loving Healing Press, 2008. Quan Lee taught Creative Writing at Metropolitan State University for ten years, then retired to finish her latest book, and to teach for Intermedia Arts (S.A.S.E: the write place), and other community venues. She also works as a Program Associate for the Split Rock Arts Program, College of Continuing Education, at the University of Minnesota. She earned her MFA at the University of Minnesota in 1996, and attended Cave Canem that summer. Quan Lee, a Black/Chinese woman who grew up white in South Minneapolis writes about identity.

December 9, 2008

CANCELLED January 8, 2008, 7 PM



Ann Freeman, Lori Young-Williams, and Sherry Quan Lee present an evening of conflict. Resolution is up for grabs. They will locate and interrupt the jagged edges of race, class, sexuality, age, and language. How does it feel to be an interloper? What's it like to enter a community if you're invisible? What's it like to enter a community if you're not invisible? Is inclusion possible with/out dis-comfort? How do we live in multiple identities? Do our identities change as we border cross? Ann, Lori, and Sherry encourage you to consider your own dis-comfort zone(s), and participate in a conversation after the performance.

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 | 612.871.4444

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!!! ; (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

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 .

August 6, 2008

Publication Reading August 22, 2008 7 PM

Sherry Quan Lee and Anya Achtenberg will read from their recently published books:

Friday, August 22, 2008, 7:00 pm, at Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, 4755 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407. (612) 821-9630 or ?Founded in 1970, Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, Inc. is the oldest independent feminist bookstore in North America.?

Check out Sherry's and Anya's Web pages:

June 6, 2008

Intermedia Arts presents:
Sherry Quan Lee
Lorissa Gottschalk

hosted by Anna George Meek
sponsored in part by Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

7:30 PM
June 13, 2008
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

SHERRY QUAN LEE, author of Chinese Blackbird, approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. Quan Lee is the Program Associate for the Split Rock Arts Program summer workshops and the Online Mentoring for Writers Program at the University of Minnesota where she also earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Recently retired from teaching Creative Writing at Metropolitan State University, she now hopes to complete her second book, How to Write A Suicide Note: Serial Essays that Saved A Woman’s Life. She was a former curator of the monthly Women of Color Readings at Patrick’s Cabaret sponsored by Intermedia Arts. Fall, at Intermedia, she taught Stories that Save Lives: an interdisciplinary workshop for women of color. Her blog is Women of Color: writing. And her Web site is
LORISSA GOTTSCHALK is a writing instructor and the Center for Academic Excellence Coordinator at Globe University. Her work has appeared in Water~Stone, Confluence, and the Kaori Kenmotsu Dance Project. She is a scholarship recipient of the Prague Summer Writing Program and recently participated in the Intermedia Arts Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program. This summer, Lorissa has been granted three weeks at the Soaring Garden Writing Residency in Pennsylvania where she will continue to work on her book, The Art of Containment: A Handbook on Grief for Survivors. Lorissa resides in St. Paul, Minnesota where she is a student in the M.F.A. program at Hamline University.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road, Fridley
From I694 take the East River Road exit. Head north on East River Road (from the West, this is a right turn; from the East, a left turn). Go through 4 stop lights. After the fourth light, prepare to take the first left turn; you will see a small brown sign for Banfill-Locke on the right side of East River Road, and a left-hand turn lane will put you right into the parking lot. The center is an old white farmhouse with a sign in front; enter off the parking lot in the back.
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February 27, 2008



Color Theory for the 21st Century: Beyond the Pure
Readings by Writers of Color

MARCH 13, 2008

Curated by Sun Yung Shin
Every second Thursday

7:00 PM at Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

February 14, 2008

Intermedia/SASE Writer to Writer Mentorships

Color Theory For the 21st Century: Beyond the Pure
Readings by Writers of Color
Thursday, February 14, 2008

7:00 PM at Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
Free and open to the public

Katie LeoKatie Leo is an adopted Korean writer, actor, and educator. Her work has appeared in 60 Seconds to Shine: Monologues for Men, Talking Stick Vol. 13, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, and HardKore, a lit mag out of Koreatown, Chicago. She also has work forthcoming in the anthology, Belonging: Words and Images of Home. She is an MFA candidate in writing at the University of Minnesota.

Arlene Jiyoung Kim, a 2nd-generation Korean-American, grew up in the DC area, graduated from Brown University in 1995, and worked in Seattle as an editor for MSNBC before moving to Minneapolis. She is currently in the University of Minnesota's graduate writing program for poetry.

call for applicationsSpring 2008 Writer-to-Writer Mentorships
**Deadline Extended**
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Download the Application Form (122KB PDF) Writer-to-Writer is an adult mentorship program that gives advanced writers the opportunity to reach their next level of artistic development. Writer-to-Writer creates intimate relationships between artists; participants meet regularly throughout the semester, with one established writer mentoring four to six advanced writers. Mentors act as artistic catalysts and partners, providing each mentee with artistic feedback and professional guidance. Each Writer-to-Writer session culminates in a public reading and reception in which mentees and mentors read from their bodies of work.

go to:

February 6, 2008

"Sound & Rhythm in Poetry"
Wed. February 13, 2008
2:30 pm
Bell Museum @ the U of MN
free and open to the public

신 선 ? Sun Yung Shin

January 17, 2008

Sun Yung Shin January/February Events

Hey everyone,

Happy new year if I haven't seen you yet in '08!

I wanted to update all of you on my upcoming local Twin Cities poetry readings.

I'll be reading all new work, and all readings are free and open to the public.

Thanks! Cheers,


Sunday 1/20 5 p.m. @ Magers & Quinn with other winners of the What Light contest / / Walker Art Center / McKnight.

Friday 1/25 7 p.m. @ The Loft with Korean American poet Lee Herrick from Fresno, California (with his debut collection This Many Miles From Desire) and local Lao writer Bryan Thao Worra. It's a freakishly unusual all-Asian-Adoptee lineup--all of us with first books in '07!

Thursday 2/14 7 p.m. @ Patrick's Cabaret -- I'm hosting two stellar U of M MFA students / Korean American poets Katie Leo, also a playwright and performer, & Arlene Kim / for the monthly Writers of Color Reading Series through SASE/Intermedia Arts. Co-sponsored by Patrick's Cabaret.

Thursday 2/21 7 p.m. solo for the 14th Annual Fireside Reading Series through the Friends of the Library @ the Hamline Midway Branch Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul. There will be coffee, cookies and cider, provided by Ginkgo Coffeehouse. Supported by Micawber's Books.

Tuesday 2/26 @ 7 p.m. with Korean American superstar-poet Ed Bok Lee in conjunction with the visit of Korean Studies scholar David McCann from Harvard University. Sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Asias at the University of Minnesota.

January 2, 2008

Writers of Color Reading Series
>Thursday, January 10, 2008
>7:00 PM at Patrick's Cabaret
>3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
>Hosted by Sun Yung Shin
>Free and open to the public
>SHANNON GIBNEY's poetry has appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Wicked
>Alice and the Bellingham Review, and is forthcoming in PMS. You can
>find her nonfiction in Essence Magazine and Outsiders Within (South End
>Press, 2006). Gibney was awarded a 2005 Bush Artist Fellowship and the
>2002 Hurston/Wright Award in fiction. Her short fiction is forthcoming
>in Tea Party, and has appeared in Brilliant Corners. She is a 2002
>graduate of Indiana University's MFA program in fiction, and also holds
>an MA in 20th Century African American literature from that
>institution. Currently, she is at at work on a novel that chronicles
>the journeys of 19 th century African Americans who colonized Liberia,
>and BROWN ON BROWN, an anthology of essays on building coalition
>between communities of color. Find out more at
>CHRISTY NaMEE ERICKSON was born in the year of the Ox to a shopgirl in
>Korea. She was raised in Alaska and went to school in St. Paul. She
>tries to be good, but not very hard.
>This Carol Connolly Reading is co-sponsored by Patrick's Cabaret.
>For more information, call (612) 871-4444 or visit
> .

>½Å ¼± ¿µ Sun Yung Shin

December 31, 2007

Asian American Poetry Triple Header!

Host: Bryan Thao Worra
Location: The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 US
When: Friday, January 25, 7:00PM
Phone: (651) 815-5490

Join us for a unique reading in Minnesota as California-based poet Lee Herrick joins Twin Cities poets Sun Yung Shin and Bryan Thao Worra for a one-night-only performance!

Each will present incredible work from their 2007 debut collections of poetry!

The event is free and there will be food and refreshments, door prizes and a chance to meet the authors:

Lee Herrick was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted at eleven months. He is the author of This Many Miles from Desire.

His poems have been published in the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Many Mountains Moving, The Bloomsbury Review, MiPOesias, and others, including anthologies such as Seeds from a Silent Tree: Writings by Korean Adoptees. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a 2000 Los Angeles Poetry Festival Award finalist.

In Skirt Full of Black, Sun Yung Shin employs the techniques of investigative poetry and collage to craft a nuanced, unique language for navigating the politics of gender, ethnicity, and identity. As she spins new myths from Christian and Buddhist traditions and bestows new connotations upon the characters of the Korean alphabet, she gives voice to the spiritual and cultural hunger of those caught between the two.

Bryan Thao Worra's On The Other Side Of The Eye is the first book of Laotian American speculative poetry and is a journey to the hidden edges of the universe and the human soul, examining secret wars and ancient kingdoms, myth, history, science and dreams, drawing on over 17 years of his work that has appeared internationally.