Give to the Almanax Day; Weather love; Coming events; New writing from Greg Brick and Margaret Hasse; Schools fact

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At the Saint Paul Almanac, we know we all do better when we know each other. Our goal is to use storytelling to help everyone in Saint Paul become friends and neighbors — one big block club of Saint Paulites that understand and support each other in good and difficult times.

  • Arcata Press organizes the Saint Paul Almanac as a people’s meeting space for sharing the stories of our community through our annual book, public readings, community editor mentorship program, and other activities that showcase and honor local, diverse voices and artists.
  • We publish work of nationally acclaimed local writers like Gordon Parks and Garrison Keillor with emerging writers’ work and writing from new immigrant, student, elder, African American, and other communities.
  • In our partnership with the Saint Paul Public Schools, 2000 students receive Almanacs as part of their social studies curriculum, and we sponsor an annual student writing contest for grades 5–12 as well.

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Mounds Park (Photo: Jim Denham/Flickr Creative Commons)


That chill in the air may be telling us that winter is coming but the sunsets and skies are beautiful. For quality cloud watching, visit the high points of Cherokee Park or Indian Mounds Park or the south side of Lake Phalen. For an amazing summary of the incredible variety of weather in Saint Paul, and for a guide to the best places in the city to see storm clouds, thunderstorms, rainbows, and snow, read Kenneth A. Blumenfeld’s “A Fanatic’s Guide to Getting the Most out of the Weather in Saint Paul”.

Saint Paul Almanac coming events!

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams

The entire 2010-2011 season will be presented at the Black Dog Café, a popular Saint Paul venue for spoken word artists, and a co-sponsor of the series. The Jams are curated by the following creative writers and agents for social change:

  • Dec. 13, 2010 – Matthew Rucker
  • Jan. 10, 2011 – May Lee-Yang
  • Feb. 14, 2011 – Tou SaiKo Lee
  • Mar. 14, 2011 – Carol Connolly
  • Apr. 11, 2011 – Marcie Rendon
  • May 9, 2011 – Desdamona
  • June 13, 2011 – Melvin Giles
  • July 11, 2011 – Diego Vázquez, Jr.

The Saint Paul Almanac‘s “Celebration through Stories” readings are ongoing until early December in coffee shops around the city

The event series features contributors to the Saint Paul Almanac reading their pieces from the 2011 edition. Coming dates include:

  • Mad Hatter Coffee Cafe and Teahouse (Nov 13th)
  • Common Good Books (Nov 15th)
  • Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery (Nov 20th)
  • Golden Thyme Coffee Café (Nov 22nd)
  • Amore Coffee (Nov 29th)
  • Grumpy Steve’s Coffee (Dec 4th)

See our Celebration through Stories event page for more information. For other upcoming event listings, check out our Saint Paul Calendar at http://saintpaulalmanac.org/saint-paul-calendar/

Got some good photos or a story from a local event or want to weigh in with a short, memorable review? Contact us: http://saintpaulalmanac.org/about/contact/

New Almanac writing from Greg Brick and Margaret Hasse

THINGS WE LOVE: Exploring the Fort Road Sewers

By Greg Brick

Back in my younger and more foolish days, I spent a lot of time exploring the sewers under the Fort Road neighborhood of Saint Paul. The tunnels run under every street at an average depth of about thirty feet. These tunnels, which carry raw sewage, were dug out of the St. Peter sandstone bedrock with handpicks more than 100 years ago. Their floors are paved with brickwork. I once painstakingly measured the aggregate length of this sewer labyrinth on sewer maps and found it was thirty miles long—the length of the famous Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The funny thing is, it’s almost totally unknown to the public. Read more.

POETRY & FICTION: Big Hair

By Margaret Hasse

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…
Read more.


Exhibits in Saint Paul

Mao to Now: Chinese Fashion from 1949 to the Present
GMD Gallery, McNeal Hall, St. Paul
October 2, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Chinese culture changed drastically between 1949 and the present. The evolution of Chinese fashion reflects how the culture transformed.

“Mao to Now” is divided into three periods: pre Mao (1912 to 1948), the Mao era (1949 to 1977), the era of the nondescript Mao suit and the post-Mao era (1978 to present), which demonstrates how, after Mao, Chinese fashion began to exhibit an increasingly dramatic melding of Chinese and Western design expression.

The work of four top Chinese fashion designers will be included in the exhibition: Wu Haiyan, Liu Canming, Wang Yiyang, and Zhang Da. In addition to the items of dress and accessories, the exhibition will feature photographs by high-profile Chinese journalists and photographers to illustrate the differences between the periods.

Curated by Dr. Juanjuan Wu, Assistant Professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota, Dr. Marilyn DeLong, Professor, College of Design, University of Minnesota and Mingxin Bao, Professor, Fashion, Art & Design Institute, Donghua University

For more information.


Saint Paul Facts: We got ’em, now you know ’em

(Photo: Michael Hicks/Flickr Creative Commons)

DID YOU KNOW? The students in the Saint Paul school district come from homes in which 70 different languages are spoken.

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Top of Page downtown sunset photo courtesy of Jim Denham. Visit Jim’s photostream on Flickr. School bus photo courtesy of Michael Hicks. Visit Michael’s photostream on Flickr.

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