Category Archives: Minneapolis, Minnesota

100 Thousand Poets for Change-Coffee House Press

ORGANIZER: Jessica Deutsch

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Saturday, September 24 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Spotlight on Coffee House Press – celebrating our vibrant publishing community – curated and produced by the creative staff of each press.

No evening will be the same.

Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 45 minutes in advance of program with a book sale and wine reception. Book signing and desserts follows program.

Celebrate the launch of new poetry collections by Ed Bok Lee and Bao Phi, two of the Twin Cities’ most dynamic poets on the national Asian American literary and spoken word scene. In “Whorled,” Ed Bok Lee looks toward a global future, one where the dividing lines between state, religion, race, history, and culture have been blurred to the extent that the very idea of difference requires a new understanding. In Bao Phi’s “Sông I Sing,” the Twin Cities provides the backdrop to a rhythmic exploration of the contradictions of race and class in America. Emceed by multidisciplinary artist and spoken word performer Shá Cage, the program will feature a performance and conversation by the poets and music by DJ Nak.

INFORMATION: or 612-543-8107.

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Guerilla Haiku Movement: Minneapolis, Minnesota

ORGANIZER: Caley Vickerman

The Guerilla Haiku Movement is on a mission to cover Minneapolis in poetry, as part of 100000 Poets for Change, and you’re invited. If you’ve got the verse, we’ll have the chalk. Once equipped, you can scribble sidewalk rhymes at your leisure or set off on an optional scavenger hunt to help find new canvases and bring passers-by in on the fun. Organizer Caley Vickerman started by asking people to write haikus to one another, first in theater exercises, then on the streets of New York City. The movement has since blossomed into a seven-city fall tour, with hundreds of on-the-street poets ready to pounce — and Minneapolis is the sixth stop. Haiku of all themes and lettering of all forms are welcome, so seek out your spot and let those syllables fly. (Philadelphia City Paper)

When: September 24th: 2pm-6pm
Where: Spitting Turtle Fountain @ Lake Harriet Rose Gardens (Meeting Place- then we head out in teams all over the city- contact the Haiku Mistress if you miss the meeting point: 917.715.5976)
Why: For the pure joy of it. Because we are all full of poetry.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

ORGANIZER: Kris Bigalk


ORGANIZER: Paula Cisewski


Dear Twin Cities’ poet friends and compatriots,

My husband Jack & I would like to invite you to come on over to our humble home with a 3-4 minute poem to read and an idea you’d like to share about change so that we can film you, collect all the videos on a blog commemorating the day, and discuss how we’d like to celebrate this event more publically in future years. Please look below for a time slot that might suit you and let us know which, but feel free to come and visit! We have a moon labyrinth to walk and much good will.

We will have a constant flow of coffee and lemonade, as well as some light snacks. Feel free, too, to bring a dish or a beverage to pass.

Recording Schedule (I will keep this as up to date as I am able! Also, please know this isn’t a perfect system. Neither my personal email nor my facebook contacts is a perfect system. If I’ve omitted somebody, please let me know!)

12:00 Jeffrey Skemp

12:15 Paula Cisewski

12:30 Elisabeth Workman

12:45 Kris Bigalk

1:00 Lynette Reini-Grandell


1:30 Heid Erdrich

1:45 Robert Grunst

2:00 Matt Mauch

2:15 John Colburn

2:30 Sarah Fox

2:45 Dobby Gibson

3:00 Kelly Everding

3:15 Eric Lorberer

3:30 Wendy Brown-Baez

3:45 Anh-Hoa Nguyen

4:00 Steve Healey

4:15 Luke Pingel


4:45 Maria Damon

5:00 Tammy Wenberg

5:15 Haley Lache

5:30 Laura Brandenburg


All best,

Paula & Jack

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