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By Clarence White, Calendar Editor
It has been a true Minnesota Winter week, with more to come. Even so, we have found several things that’ll make you want to venture outside to where the coziness and heat will make it worth the neighborhood trek.
Coming Almanac Events
Chia 'Chilli' Lor graduated from Saint Paul Central High School as an active participant in the social justice performing arts program, Synergy, and is currently attending St. Catherine University. Her poems have been published in local literary journal, Paj Ntaub Voice (“Storycloth Voice”) and the 2012 edition of the Saint Paul Almanac. Chilli has been invited to perform at open mics, reading series, conferences, racial equity trainings, the Minnesota State Capitol, and a variety of community events. Chilli is part of an APIA spoken word group, Speakers of the Sun (SOS). Her work has taken her into schools, nonprofits, and district planning councils. As an emerging community organizer, poet, and hip-hop artist, Chilli has a vision of impacting the lives of youth, communities of color, and women through the performing arts.
Being that Soul Sounds is a community event we feel it important to create a space for dialogue around issues facing our community. Rooted in the arts, this evening will focus on addressing HIV/AIDS in our various communities. Perhaps you have written a piece paying homage to a loved one who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS? Maybe you have a poem of encouragement, a song that educates, or more? Tonight is the night for us to address a major issue in the Twin Cities community, through art and creative expression, while maintaining our sense of mutual love, adoration and respect.
Marisa Carr is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, composer, and performer. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she now lives in Minneapolis. Marisa believes in art as a vital tool to engage, challenge, and mobilize by intersecting the personal, political, and spiritual. Her work is situated physically, emotionally, and intellectually within the various communities of which she is part. Marisa especially enjoys facilitating projects with youth, and helping young people learn to use art as a tool to speak back to power and explore their hopes and visions for themselves and their communities. She is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe from the turtle clan.
NEW SPNN VIDEO:
Andrea Jenkins presents "Intersectionality" at the Lowertown Reading Jam
December Stories & Poems
By Linda Back McKay, December 3, 2013
My father has “old age of the eyes.”
That means he’s going blind
slowly from the inside out.
He says I look like a model
with my hair swooped back.
He points out a covenant of blackbirds....
By Mike Hazard, December 2, 2013
Wang Ger, also called Joe, has been trying to teach me to speak more words of Hmong.
“I have learned English; you can learn more Hmong.”
I am not a good student, but he does not give up...
Pig's Eye Post
By Nigel Parry, December 3, 2013
On November 30, Minneapolis Star Tribune books editor Laurie Hertzel published an article, "Holiday books: 10 that reflect Minnesota and the region", which included a review of the 2014 Saint Paul Almanac. "From collected letters to collected stories, from memoir to adventure, these 10 books reflect Minnesota and the region", goes the byline, which introduces a variety of fiction, nonfiction, photo books, and several items of literary interest.
By Nigel Parry, November 18, 2013
The Union Depot, the restored transportation hub and key Lowertown landmark, is featuring the 2014 Saint Paul Almanac in a display inside its entrance hall. The latest edition of the Almanac features artwork by many Lowertown artists including Ken and Roberta Avidor, Ta-coumba Aiken, Michael McColl, Chad Hambright, Sarah Marie Wash, Josh and Amy Hosterman, Patrick McCutchen, Tom Dunn, Serena Mira Asta, Frank Brown, Rachel Whacker, Alex Kuno, Shelley Rolhf, Kristi Abbott. Tom Reynen, Tom McGregor, Lisa Mathieson, Mike Hazard, and Nigel Parry.