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Autumn openings and other options

Congratulations to the good people of North Minneapolis – after nearly two decades of political struggle, the new Webber Park Library is open!  (http://www.hclib.org/about/locations/webber-park)  Writing in the Strib, Rick Nelson honors the perseverance of neighbors and advocates – and describes the elegant new library as “a jewel!”  (http:www.startribune.com/rick-nelson/10645521/)

– October 25 – Hmong Cultural Center exhibits and tour:  (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hmong-101-exhibits-tour-and-presentation-tickets-38512809851?ref=ecal) 5:00 PM

-October 25-28 – Members of friends of the Western Literature Association are meeting in Minneapolis.  (http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2017/)

-October 26 – Out of Pocket, a reading that features Juliet Patterson, Rachel Jendrzewjewski and Brianna Johnson and the poems of Otis Powell.  Sponsored by Spout Press and East Side Freedom Library.7:00 PM. at ESFL (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

-October 27 – Opening Reception, AutumNE, NEMAA member art show. Solar Arts Building. 711 15th Avenue NE. (http://www.nemaa.org/autumNE)

-October 30 – Thousand Star Hotel: Poetry reading with Bao Phi.  7:00 PM, ESFL Library (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

-November 2 – Chris Riemenschneider, Strib music reporter, will celebrate the launch of his book First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom will be joined by Danny Sigelman and Daniel Corrigan, creators of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis.  Talk of the Stacks.  Free and open. Minneapolis Central Library, 7:00 p.m. (https://www.supporthclib.org/chris-riemenschneider)

-November 3-5 – The 20th annual Art Attack at the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis.  Over 300 visual artists, live music, interactive art experiences, food trucks and free parking. (http://www.northrupkingbuilding.com/artattack)

– November 6 – Minnesota Archives Symposium. (https://tcartmn.org/minnesota-archives-symposium/) Minneapolis Central Library.

– November 6 – Reclaiming lives: Pursuing justice for six innocent men.  A book talk with Joan Treppa. ESFL. 7:00 PM.  (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

– November 9 – Women from the Center Writers: Poetry in action with special guest Taiyon J. Coleman, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen and Jna Shelomith.  ESFL 7:00 PM  (info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org)

– December 4 – James Wright: A Life in Poetry is a sweeping biography by Jonathan Blunk, based on extensive research by Blunk in the James Wright Papers, held at the U of M Libraries’ Upper Midwest Literary Archives. (https://www.lib.umn.edu/mss)  Note: Reading and discussion of James Wright on Monday,7:00 PM at the Elmer L. Andersen Library. (https://www.continuum.umn.edu/event/james-wright-life-poetry/)

-December 4 –The Axe Lectures, a book release event. Readings by Brianna Johnson, Katie Ka Vang, and Shanai Matteson. Sponsored by Spout Press and Moon Palace Books.  7:00 PM, Moon Palace Books, 3023 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls.  Free and open. (https://www.facebook.com/MoonPalaceBooks/)


Readers, writers, books — and plans – coming together in Northeast

As gardeners and farmers reap the harvest, it seems that ideas that may have remained dormant during the growing season suddenly come full  bloom. Ideas flower. Plans come together.

Such is the case with the inclusive and expanding voices of the literary arts, a vital strand of the Northeast Minneapolis arts community. These are examples only, definitely not the whole, of the ways in which the voices of Northeast Minneapolis community of the book – broadly defined – are being shared.

  • The Friends of Northeast Library are sponsoring another in their series of Salon Nordeast set for Saturday, September 19, 4-7 p.m. at the Gallery Solar Arts Building, 711, NE 15th – All are invited to mingle, enjoy the art, meet with authors, buy a book and have it signed. Readings and discussion follow at 5:30. Author presenters include local resident John Jodzio, and others including writers Neal Karlen, Julie Schumacher, and Brad Zellar. The readings will be moderated by local Northeast author Sarah Stonich.   $5 donation is suggested to support the Friends of NE Library.
  • Voices of Northeast – a series of video interviews with Northeast writers, publishers, booksellers and others who give voice to people who are engaged with the northeast community of the book. Each week Peter Shea conducts extensive informal interviews these individual who represent the various aspects of the literary world. The interviews are cablecast on Metro Cable Network Channel 6, which is carried on every cable system in the metro area. Videos are then archived at the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Studies – accessible for download, editing or other reuse. The series so far includes Chris Fischbach, celebrating his 20th year at  Coffee House Press, writer Sara Stonich (Vacation Land), storyteller Jerry Blue, Michelle ­­­Filkins of Spout Press and others. This season’s interviews include staff of the American Craft Council, Education Director Perry Price and Library Director Jessica Shaykett, as well as Scott VanKoughnett, proprietor of area bookstore Eat My Words, and local writer John Jodzio. Many more to come.

Shoutout for Spoutstock – Thursday, July 25, at Mario’s in Northeast

For some bibliophiles Spout Press is known less for a unique title list than for a great annual fundraiser.  The eleventh annual Spoutstock extravaganza is set for Thursday, July 25, 2013.  Again this year it’s at Mario’s Keller Bar, 2300 University Avenue NE in Northeast Minneapolis.

Spoutstock is a cover song contest that each year showcases a new roster of rock star performance.  Featured this season are Black Diet, The Hollow Boys, The Sudden Lovelys, Reina de Cid, Magneto Effect and a host of surprise guests.

Any song is up for interpretation as artists vie for “Best Artist” or for the prized “Audience Choice Award.”  Judges this year are Lori Barbero, Dylan Hicks and Peter Scholtes.  Past “Best Artist” winners include The Cactus Blossoms, Venus DeMars, Dana Thompson and Happy Apple’s Michael Lewis.

Attendees will all have a chance to vote for their favorite performer for the “Audience Choice Award.” At Spoutstock, every guest has a right to vote – and the votes are counted just once.  Previous audience choice awardees include JoAnna James, Annie Rossi, The Dad in Common and Amy Jennings.  DJ Hapka will spin the dance tunes following the cover song contest.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the contest begins at 9:00.  The super-low cover charge ($7) will support local writers by helping to pay Spout’s productions costs.

Spout the magazine began as a quarterly literary journal in 1989, created to provide a forum for building a community of writers in Central Minnesota.   Spout magazine features poetry, art, fiction, and thought pieces with diverse voices and styles. Over the years Spout has attracted a national following by publishing the finest in contemporary experimental writing.  It is the longest running literary journal in the metro area.

In 1997 Spout expanded into Spout Press, a small press that has published a range of titles including A Definitive Guide to the Twin Cities; The Hotel Sterno; blink: sudden fiction by Minnesota writers; Beware; The Book of Arcana; LUSH, Blink Again and others

You’ll find the latest from Spout and about this year’s Spoutstock on Facebook and Twitter.  To really know the people and purpose of Spout and what’s happening on the fringes you’ll need to show up at Spoutstock  on July 25 – bring a fringy friend or flock of friends for an outside-the-box experience of what’s happening next on this area’s literary scene.


For more information contact John Colburn [612 782 9629] or

Michelle Filkins [612 618 9170]