The Almanac’s Weekly Guide to the Arts
By Clarence White, Calendar Editor
Last week, the Saint Paul Almanac received news that it has been nominated in five categories for this year's Midwest Book Awards—in the Culture, Midwest Regional Interest: Text, Publisher’s Website, Reference, and Travel categories. There are many congratulations to be shared with hundreds of people who share their stories and acknowledgement of all the sweat and tears behind the sweet voices. So many voices, sometimes it is overwhelming—like everything we would like to tell you about what’s happening this week!
NEW SPNN VIDEOS:
Ifrah Mansour presents "West Bank Footprints; Hidden, Awe-inspiring Stories" and Guante presents "Let the Bars Breathe" at the Lowertown Reading Jam
Featured Spring Stories for Earth Day, April 22
By Margaret Hasse, November 7, 2010
This fall, our son’s chosen
to grow his hair out long.
He keeps his tresses clean,
Otherwise lets the fields lie fallow,
Doesn’t cultivate with comb and brush.
One woman on Grand stares so long
at his hair, she trips over the curb...
By Maximilian Selim, December 10, 2010
The forty-fifth parallel runs through Saint Paul, Minnesota. This parallel is generally considered the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole. This is irrelevant to our everyday lives with the exception of one truth: it is the cause of our extremely unpredictable weather, a concept that consumes us. We talk about it with co-workers, we talk about it on dates, we analyze it on the TV, we use it as an excuse for being late, we complain about it, we use it to avoid awkward gaps in uncomfortable conversation, and most importantly, we live in it.
April Stories & Poems
By Emmanuel Ortiz, April 24, 2014
Every generation has its historical moments Of collective grief and disbelief Moments we forever remember Exactly where we were when . . . The deaths of Kennedy, King, Clemente The space shuttle Challenger explosion When the planes hit the towers on 9/11 Some of these things I was around for Some I was not. But […]
By Jesus Vega, April 22, 2014
During my twenty years of living I have made some really good and really bad choices. The worst choice I made was getting involved in gangs and drugs, which led to my unwilling trip to Mexico and life-changing events. Being in a gang is like playing chess: Only the king and queen survive, while the rest are and always remain pawns.