This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, November 18–Sunday 24, 2013

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, November 18–Sunday 24, 2013

Welcome to the Saint Paul Almanac’s “This Week In Saint Paul,” a new feature to help you engage with our city’s varied and vibrant literature and art events. Each week, we will highlight a few happenings around town, but remember to check out...
Soul Sounds: an open mic for nurturing arts, building community

Soul Sounds: an open mic for nurturing arts, building community

I recently had the opportunity to attend Soul Sounds Open Mic, where the featured artist was Danez Smith, who is a spoken word artist, slam poet, and author. It was an intimate crowd of about 40 people, with some attendees even dressed in Halloween costumes. The Soul...
Purgatory

Purgatory

It is love and sensing the departed is present  somewhere between being able to be  reached or not. Neither alive nor dead.  It is searching, hopefully, for him,  in the pew he used to choose, mid-way  between altar and exit. It is listening  on All Souls’ Day to...
Name Poem

Name Poem

Riva, sounds simple But is made up of tangled detail From the blood in Israel To my flesh in America And my breath in Saint Paul From the naming of my great grandmother Unique and unusual And always mispronounced Means so much more than R-I-V-A My name is always your...