House of Balls Hosts Found Poetry Review AWP Reading

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The new House of Balls is all spiffed up and ready for action. The studio, gallery, and event space, owned by artist Allen Christian and his wife, Mary Jane LaVigne, will be the site of an unusual poetry reading, hosted by the Found Poetry Review, as part of this week's Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. Poetry Jamporee will be the second event that House of Balls has hosted since moving to Cedar Riverside.

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Alexs Pate on Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota

Alexs Pate, book crop
A groundbreaking new anthology of African American writers from Minnesota will launch today at the Minnesota History Center. Edited by Alexs Pate, with co-editors Pamela R. Fletcher and J. Otis Powell, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota showcases a range of black writers exploring forms of poetry, fiction, drama, and more.

We spoke to novelist and playwright Pate about the project.

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Burn Something Zine Celebrates Its First Issue

Tonight at the Exchange in south Minneapolis, artist and critic Adrienne Doyle is throwing a party to celebrate the first issue of Burn Something Zine, and to raise money for the next edition. With poetry, visual art, and more, the zine boasts a queer-inclusive alternative space highlighting talented women of color.

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Charlie Quimby on Fiction and Social Consciousness

Photo by Susan Cushman
Charlie Quimby 
Charlie Quimby, author of Monument Road, will be discussing the relationship between fiction writing and social justice at a talk this Saturday at Homewood Studios. Moderated by educator and writer Julie Landsman, the evening will focus on Quimby's work, but will also open up into a broader discussion. Quimby, whose first novel took on the issue of suicide, is currently writing a novel on homelessness. He hopes that the discussion will inform his current project, which will most likely be published in about a year.

We chatted with Quimby about the talk, and about how he grapples with issues in his fiction. 

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The Floating Library sets sail on Cedar Lake

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Nothing says summer like hanging out with a good book by the water, but what to do if you don't have reading material handy? That's no problem, because you can just paddle out to the Floating Library on Cedar Lake, which offers bookshelves full of artists' books, zines, chapbooks, and other book-like objects for your perusal.

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Live from the Ave offers poetry at All My Relations Gallery

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From Maggie Thompson's "Where I Fit"
Closing out textile artist Maggie Thompson's show, "Where I Fit," at All My Relations Gallery will be a group of American Indian poets giving performances as part of Live from the Ave. The poetry jam is part of a new series, and is hosted by R. Vincent Moniz Jr. The poets, who all come from the Loft Literary Center's TGI Frybread writing group, which supports Native writers, will offer their literary and poetic responses to Thompson's work Saturday evening. 

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Write Bloody Showcase at the Loft

Tonight, the Loft Literary Center presents a selection of spoken-word artists associated with Write Bloody Publishing, an independent publishing house based in Austin, Texas, that has become one the preeminent presses for spoken-word poets. With a lineup that includes Khary Jackson, Sierra DeMulder, and Miles Walser, the evening also features Write Bloody author and special guest Franny Choi, whose book, Floating, Brilliant, Gone, has just been published by the press. 

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LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performs poetry from TwERK

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LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs 
Writer and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs visits the Walker Art Center this week to present work from her recent book TwERK, a collection of poems exploring things like sound, language, idioms, and pop culture, with some personal narrative thrown in as well. The event is part of the museum's Free Verse Series, in collaboration with Rain Taxi Review of Books. 

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Ed Bok Lee's metatranslation poems at the American Swedish Institute

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This Wednesday, poet Ed Bok Lee will be sharing work he's created as a resident at the American Swedish Institute through Coffee House Press's Writers and Readers Library Residency Program. For the residency, Bok Lee mined the archives of the museum in search of spontaneous poems in letters and diary entries from over 100 years ago. At the exhibition, titled "The Metatranslation Project," the original entries and Lee's poems will be on display in the Benson Gallery.

We talked with Bok Lee about the project, and he shared some of his thoughts about the "spiritual substance" he was trying to capture. 

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City Pages seeking editorial multimedia interns for 2014

via Wonderlane
Have a knack for visual storytelling through video production? Love doing interviews on camera? Got a few stories about the Twin Cities community that you'd like to tell on film?

Internships at City Pages aren't limited to our editorial internships reporting the news or our photography internships. This year, we're bringing our coverage into another territory: multimedia.

If you're a student (who is eligible for school credit) with an eye for video production, read on.

See also:
City Pages is looking for an editorial layout designer
City Pages internships available for spring 2014

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