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Poetry Night: For the Beauty of the Earth

Free

with Patrick Hansel

Calendar Apr 20, 2024 at 7 pm

Come celebrate spring at ArtScraps with an evening of art, poetry, and light refreshments. Curated by Patrick Cabello Hansel, author of The Devouring Land and Quitting Time. Patrick has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was part of the Mentor Series for the Loft Literary Center. 

Featuring readings by Marion GomezMargaret Hasse, and Bart Galle.

Marion Gomez is a graduate of Hamline University with a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. As a program manager of awards, she manages the Mentor Series Fellowship in Poetry and Creative Prose, the Mirrors and Windows Mentorship, and the McKnight Fellowship. She has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Intermedia Arts and the Loft Literary Center. Her work has appeared in La Bloga, Mizna, Waterstone Review, Saint Paul Almanac among others and is a member of the Latinx spoken word collective Palabristas.

Margaret Hasse is a poet, teacher, and writing mentor, and has been a consultant to arts organizations throughout the country. She's author of six full-length collections of poems, a collaborative book with watercolor artist Sharon Demark, and a 2022 chapbook of poems about Glacier National Park. With Athena Kildegaard, she edited an anthology of poems about motherhood. Learn more at margarethasse.com.

Bart Galle is a medical educator and visual artist who lives with his wife in the Midway area of St. Paul. He was a 2008-2009 Loft Mentor Series Winner in Poetry and the winner of the 2008 Passager Poetry Contest for writers over 50 and the fall 2009 Hollingsworth Prize from White Pelican Review for outstanding poem. He was awarded a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in poetry. His poetry chapbook, Everything Is True at Once, was published in 2010 by Passager Books. 

This event is free, but registration is required.

For ages 13 – adult.

Mother’s Day Cards

$49

with Marie Olofsdotter

Calendar May 4, 2024 at 10 am

Let your creativity shine through and make a greeting card, a cherished gift for someone special, right in time for Mother’s Day, or any other occasion. Join visual artist and poet Marie Olofsdotter and learn how to make a pop-up card, a card with unique folds, and more. Add a tiny envelope with a secret message. Learn how to collage and embellish your card in a multitude of ways. As a finishing touch, create a personal message, a one line poem. All the materials are provided.

For ages 13 – adult
Registration Deadline: April 27, 2024

Line, Sound, Meter, and Voice: Poems as Beautiful Songs

$100

with Michael Kleber-Diggs

Calendar May 6, 2024 at 6 pm

In this workshop we will explore craft elements that lead to beautiful, meaningful poems. Grounded in nature poetry and nature themes, we will study the poetic line, sound and meter in poetry, and how our individual voices shape the work we make. Each week we'll read together, write together, and share ideas together. The class runs for four weeks on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning May 6th. Taught by nationally renowned poet Michael Kleber-Diggs.

This workshop is the first of two offered as part of the Reentry Lab & ArtStart Writing Fellowship program. For more information: reentrylab.org/artstart-fellowship

Class dates: May 6, 13, 20 & June 3 

Michael's website: michaelkleberdiggs.com/aboutmkd

For adults

Full Course

Poetry Night: May We Imagine

Free

with Patrick Hansel

Calendar May 18, 2024 at 7 pm

Come celebrate spring at ArtScraps with an evening of art, poetry, and light refreshments. Curated by Patrick Cabello Hansel, author of The Devouring Land and Quitting Time. Patrick has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was part of the Mentor Series for the Loft Literary Center. 

Featuring readings by Sherrie Fernandez-WilliamsEmily Bright, and Zach Czaia.

Emily Bright's poetry collection "Fierce Delight: Poems of Early Motherhood" is forthcoming from North Star Press in the spring of 2025. She is a Weekend Host on MPR News, where she also produces two long-running weekly arts and books series: Art Hounds and Ask a Bookseller. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota and a BA in English from Williams College. Her individual poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies; she is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Glances Back, and co-author of the book Powerful Ideas in Teaching: Creating Environments Where Students Want to Learn.

Zach Czaia is a poet and high school English teacher. His most recent collection, Knucklehead, was published in 2021 with Nodin Press. Check out his reflections on teaching and poetry on his Substack, "Teacher / Poet."

Sherrie Fernandez-Williams earned her MFA in Writing from Hamline University.  She is a 2021-2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a 2021 Black Voices in Children’s Literature winner. She received additional grants and awards through the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Loft Literary Center, The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Intermedia Arts,  SASE: The Write Place, and The Playwrights’ Center. The author of the book of poems,  Goddess of the Wholself,  and the memoir Soft, Fernandez-Williams, has published poems in journals including New Limestone Review, Aquifer: The Florida Review, and Duke University Press, among others. Her essays can be found in anthologies including We are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World, How Dare We Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse, and The Poverty and Education Reader. She co-curates the Queer Voices Reading Series with LM Brimmer in collaboration with Quatrefoil Library and Hennepin County Libraries.   

This event is free, but registration is required. 

For ages 13 – adult

Revision, Reuse, and Resurrection: The Wheel of Poetry

$100

with Davi Gray

Calendar Jun 17, 2024 at 6 pm

Beginning-Level Adult Poetry Class: Revision, Reuse, and Resurrection: The Wheel of Poetry, with RLASW Fellow, Davi Gray

This workshop will focus on the art of poetry regeneration: taking work that is unpolished, unfinished, or just plain unsatisfying, and turning it into something miraculous. Or at least better.

Davi Gray (they/she) is a queer, trans, nonbinary poet & writer, storyteller, artist, activist, and abolitionist. They live in North Minneapolis (Bde Óta Othúŋwe), within Mni Sóta Makoce, traditional homelands of the Dakota and Ojibwe. Davi has won several prizes in PEN America Prison Writing Contests in multiple genres; was nominated for an AWP Intro prize; and was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2023 Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry contest. Their writing has appeared in Poetry, Rogue Agent, NonBinary Review, and elsewhere. They can often be found performing around the Twin Cities. You can find more on Davi Gray and their work, including upcoming events, at davigray.com.

We will practice reading, writing, rewriting, and workshopping poems; discuss, experiment with, and practice a plethora of revision techniques; explore forms specifically designed for reusing and repurposing work, including the Golden Shovel, the cento, blackout/erasure poetry, and visual techniques; and discuss and practice various techniques for reading poems out loud, both as a way to present one's work and as a tool for improving the poetry. The class runs for four weeks on Monday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning June 17.

Mentored by Michael Kleber-Diggs 

Michael's website: michaelkleberdiggs.com/aboutmkd

This workshop is the second of two offered as part of the Reentry Lab & ArtStart Writing Fellowship program. For more information on the program: https://reentrylab.org/artstart-fellowship

To register for the first course: https://artstart.coursestorm.com/course/line-sound-meter-and-voice-poems-as-beautiful-songs?search=line

Space is limited to 10 participants. 

For adults

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $25.00, paid every four weeks.

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