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.

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

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Letter exchange arts residency starts tonight at Thai Cafe

Playwright Katie Ka Vang and Kathy Mouacheupao, former executive director of the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent and recent Bush Leadership Fellow, team up this week for a short residency at Thai CafĂ© in St. Paul. Focused on letter writing, the project hosts a launch event this evening, and lasts through the weekend. It's a part of Springboard for the Arts' Irrigate program, a placemaking project focused on the Central Corridor LRT line.  More »

Dressing Room's top 10 most-read posts of 2013

One of the many awesome movies filmed in Minnesota...
The year might be coming to an end in the chilliest way possible, but the Twin Cities art scene was anything but cold. On the eve on a new year, we rounded up some of the most popular stories of 2013. Bike care, the Twin Cities dating scene, and a certain comedian with a star on First Avenue made this year's list of most-read Dressing Room posts.

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Writers hone their craft around the Twin Cities

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Laura Brandenburg at the Riot Act 
The Twin Cities may not be known as the place to go if you want to become a famous writer, but if you want to develop your craft? Well, there are worse spots. With lots of opportunities to perform, and a strong institutional support network in the form of nonprofits and funders, Minneapolis and St. Paul offers a lot for the permanently struggling artist. 

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Ring Ring Poetry, a new choose-your-own-adventure literary hotline

flier by Cole Sarar
The first poem in the project, written by Sarar, takes a Choose Your Own Adventure style.
Call 612.223.POEM, and you are greeted with Cole Sarar's voice. If you press "1," you can hear the project's latest poem, or press "2" to explore the archives. The first piece in that back catalog, "The Beast," offers further options: Thirty seconds in, the poem stops and asks you to choose again.

"Press '1' if the library door is locked," Sarar's recorded voice says over the phone. "Press '2' if the library door swings open easily."

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- What is poetry? Women of the World Poetry Slam finalists

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