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Celebrate Carol’s birthday and Saint Paul Stories

Clarence White
clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org

612-267-9036

SAINT PAUL (December 6, 2017) – For the second year, the Saint Paul Almanac is honored to co-host—along with Readings by Writers—a benefit for the Carol Connolly Endowment for the Saint Paul Almanac. Join the Almanac, Carol, and a community of Saint Paul storytellers and storyholders at the University Club of Saint Paul on Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. This benefit event is open to everyone.

“Carol has been with the Almanac from the beginning,” said Metric Giles, Saint Paul Almanac board chair. “Her support of the Almanac is part of the vitality of the energies of all the people in our community who make this experiment happen.”

Carol Connolly has been a decades-long supporter of poets, thinkers, dreamers, activists, and writers across the Twin Cities. She has been our Saint Paul poet laureate for many years.

The Carol Connolly Endowment honors Carol’s work. All proceeds will help the Saint Paul Almanac thrive through the years as her endowment grows.

Carol’s December Readings by Writers will feature the following writers:

  • Kevin FitzPatrick
  • Norita Dittberner-Jax
  • Mary Easter Moore
  • Mary Ann Corbett
  • Michael Moos

Following Carol’s strong tradition, the show will end promptly at 8:30 p.m.

Cake will be provided by Danny Klecko of St. Agnes Bakery.

This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the ongoing reading series Carol Connolly’s Readings by Writers, held the third Tuesday of each month at the University Club.

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Final batch of IMPRESSIONS broadsides hits the rails! https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/final-batch-of-impressions-broadsides-hits-the-rails/ https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/final-batch-of-impressions-broadsides-hits-the-rails/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:27:23 +0000 https://saintpaulalmanac.org/?p=22539

See Poetry and Art on Trains, Buses, and Transit Kiosks and Our Online Store!

Clarence White
clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org
612-267-9036

SAINT PAUL (December 8, 2017) – The Saint Paul Almanac and its partners in the IMPRESSIONS Project are thrilled to announce the arrival of the last of four editions of broadsides on Metro Transit trains, buses, and kiosks as well as in the Almanac online store. Each of the six broadsides presented in this final edition is a collaboration between a poet and visual artist that pairs stunning images with engaging verse.

“IMPRESSIONS has brought people together in an amazing way over the past year,” said Almanac executive director Kimberly Nightingale. “People tell us all the time that they are thrilled to have a poem and art give them a break from the ads on the buses.”

In the IMPRESSIONS Project, Almanac brought together the work of 24 local writers and 24 local visual artists.The result was six stunning broadsides that were published and produced each quarter, 24 broadsides for the year, inside dozens of trains and buses in the Twin Cities and on bus kiosks and train platforms. Each broadside is a unique poster of a local poet’s poem combined with a local artist’s work as a reflection of that poem.

This last cohort of broadsides includes:

  • “Unnamed Haiku” by Kelly Westhoff, art by Theresa Bear
  • “225” by Willis Gilliard, art by Leann Johnson
  • “Listening” by Tim Nolan, art by Kristi Abbott
  • “Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown” by Ursula Murray Husted, art by Andy Singer
  • “Pet” by Kurt Schultz, art by Christopher Harrison                         
  • “Happy Day with an Egg” by Margaret Hasse, art by Cami Applequist with Debbie Socha

“This project has been a tremendous success thanks to a partnership with Metro Transit, the ad agency Intersection, and especially the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge,” said Nightingale. “We also want to thank Golden Thyme Café for hosting our community editor process. And we could not have done this without our friends at the Black Dog Cafe, Java Express in Union Depot, Golden’s Deli, Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Western University-Plaza.”

Larger versions of the broadsides can be seen on posters at spots around the Twin Cities. Locations can be found on this map. Purchase your own copy in the online store. ​And they are always traveling on buses and trains!​

Make an IMPRESSION in your home or office!

Prints of any broadside can be purchased for $20 each (including shipping and tax!) or you can buy a  bundle of all 6 broadside prints for just $100.

Kelly Westhoff

Kelly Westhoff writes micro poems and essays about motherhood, travel, and Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, her son, and two neurotic min pins. KellyWesthoff.com

Theresa Bear

Theresa Bear is a 31-year-old photographer who recently moved to Saint Paul. She makes cyanotypes and creates intimate portraits of pieces of nature. She loves collaborating with other artists and sharing her love of nature to the world.

Willis Gilliard

Willis Gilliard is a photographer born and raised in Saint Paul.

Leann_E_Johnson

Leann E. Johnson has been creating art for more than 20 years. A current resident of Minneapolis, she has illustrated for the New York Times and the Saint Paul Almanac. Her tile work is sold at The Studio Museum of Harlem and The Store at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. lea-way.com

Tim Nolan

Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in English, and graduated from Columbia University in New York City with an MFA in writing. Tim is an attorney in private practice in Minneapolis. His poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He is the author of three collections published by New Rivers Press: The Sound of It, And Then, and most recently The Field in 2016.

Kristi-057-cropped

Kristi Abbott is fascinated with the use of color, pattern, and texture and tries to combine these elements in her work in an innovative and exciting way using a combination of substrates, papers, and embellishment materials. Major influences in her work include pop art and pop culture, Hollywood, music, and fashion.

Kurt Schultz

Kurt Schultz lives on Saint Paul’s East Side with his wife, Karen, and their puggle, Elliott. Inspired by Lewis Carroll, Kurt penned a small collection of nonsense poems enjoyed by children and adults alike. “Pet” is the shortest of these poems.

ChristopherHarrison

Christopher E. Harrison is a fine artist, public artist, and designer in Minneapolis. He has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Christopher is currently an arts educator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He creates paintings, drawings, and sculpture in his North Minneapolis studio.

Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse started writing poems when she was a child and has never stopped. She believes everyone should be able to recite at least one poem by heart. Between Us is her fifth and most recent book.

Cami.Applequist-NoHpic

Cami Applequist is a Saint Paul writer and artist working in variety of media. She draws, paints, collages, and photographs to create images—but also works in 3D. Her main goal as an artist is to tell stories and work with others, leading workshops and collaborating on projects.

Ursula Husted

Ursula Murray Husted spends her time making comics, teaching comics at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, daydreaming about boats, and feeding her cats. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Bryan, and daughter, Tove. She dislikes sudden loud noises and Styrofoam packing peanuts but adores regional candy and roadside attractions.

Andy Singer

Andy Singer is a cartoonist and illustrator. His work has been published in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and books, including The New Yorker, Esquire, The Progressive, La Décroissance (France), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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IMPRESSIONS to Release Final Set of Broadsides https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/impressions-to-release-final-set-of-broadsides/ https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/impressions-to-release-final-set-of-broadsides/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:17:23 +0000 https://saintpaulalmanac.org/?p=22509

Poetry and Art Make Their Last Trip Around the Track

Clarence White
clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org
612-267-9036

SAINT PAUL (November 15, 2017) The Saint Paul Almanac will celebrate the last sextet of local poets and local visual artists whose work will join the list of artists whose work has graced the Metro Transit trains and buses for the past year. Our last party will be on Wednesday, December 6, at Western U-Plaza (previously Old Home building) at 360 University Avenue, Saint Paul (the corner of University and Western avenues) at 7 p.m.

The IMPRESSIONS broadsides will take one last ride through the metropolitan area, posted on trains, buses, and metro stops. Over the past year, the Almanac has brought together the work of 24 writers and 24 artists. Six broadsides are published and produced each quarter, 24 broadsides for the year, inside trains and buses in the Twin Cities and on bus kiosks and train platforms. This project is thanks to a partnership with Metropolitan Transit, Intersection, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. Each broadside is a unique poster of a local poet’s poem combined with a local artist’s work as a reflection of that poem.

“It is hard to believe that we are in the last chapter,” said Kimberly Nightingale, executive director of the Saint Paul Almanac. “It has been so fun and created stunning words and images. These beautiful works have woven a thread of story and verse throughout the Twin Cities. It has definitely been a moving experience for the artists and poets. The parties have also been a joy for the community. Our final party right on University Avenue really celebrates the Green Line.”

Featured artists will be:

  • “Unnamed Haiku” by Kelly Westhoff, art by Theresa Bear
  • “225” by Willis Gilliard, art by Leann Johnson
  • “Listening” by Tim Nolan, art by Kristi Abbott
  • “Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown” by Ursula Murray Husted, art by Andy Singer
  • “Pet” by Kurt Schultz, art by Christopher Harrison
  • “Happy Day with an Egg” by Margaret Hasse, art by Cami Applequist with Debbie Socha

 

The IMPRESSIONS release party will feature a reading by the selected authors. Visual artists will reflect on their work. The event will also feature cake from Saint Paul baker and poet Danny Klecko.

What: IMPRESSIONS Release Party
Where: Western U Plaza, 360 University Avenue, Saint Paul
When: Wednesday, December 6, at 7 p.m.

Kurt Schultz

Kurt Schultz lives on Saint Paul’s East Side with his wife, Karen, and their puggle, Elliott. Inspired by Lewis Carroll, Kurt penned a small collection of nonsense poems enjoyed by children and adults alike. “Pet” is the shortest of these poems.

ChristopherHarrison

Christopher E. Harrison is a fine artist, public artist, and designer in Minneapolis. He has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Christopher is currently an arts educator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He creates paintings, drawings, and sculpture in his North Minneapolis studio.

Tim Nolan

Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in English, and graduated from Columbia University in New York City with an MFA in writing. Tim is an attorney in private practice in Minneapolis. His poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. He is the author of three collections published by New Rivers Press: The Sound of It, And Then, and most recently The Field in 2016.

Kristi-057-cropped

Kristi Abbott is fascinated with the use of color, pattern, and texture and tries to combine these elements in her work in an innovative and exciting way using a combination of substrates, papers, and embellishment materials. Major influences in her work include pop art and pop culture, Hollywood, music, and fashion.

Kelly Westhoff

Kelly Westhoff writes micro poems and essays about motherhood, travel, and Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, her son, and two neurotic min pins. KellyWesthoff.com

Theresa Bear

Theresa Bear is a 31-year-old photographer who recently moved to Saint Paul. She makes cyanotypes and creates intimate portraits of pieces of nature. She loves collaborating with other artists and sharing her love of nature to the world.

Willis Gilliard

Willis Gilliard is a photographer born and raised in Saint Paul.

Leann_E_Johnson

Leann E. Johnson has been creating art for more than 20 years. A current resident of Minneapolis, she has illustrated for the New York Times and the Saint Paul Almanac. Her tile work is sold at The Studio Museum of Harlem and The Store at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. lea-way.com

Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse started writing poems when she was a child and has never stopped. She believes everyone should be able to recite at least one poem by heart. Between Us is her fifth and most recent book.

Cami.Applequist-NoHpic

Cami Applequist is a Saint Paul writer and artist working in variety of media. She draws, paints, collages, and photographs to create images—but also works in 3D. Her main goal as an artist is to tell stories and work with others, leading workshops and collaborating on projects.

Ursula Husted

Ursula Murray Husted spends her time making comics, teaching comics at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, daydreaming about boats, and feeding her cats. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Bryan, and daughter, Tove. She dislikes sudden loud noises and Styrofoam packing peanuts but adores regional candy and roadside attractions.

Andy Singer

Andy Singer is a cartoonist and illustrator. His work has been published in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and books, including The New Yorker, Esquire, The Progressive, La Décroissance (France), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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IT’S GIVE TO THE MAX! https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/its-give-to-the-max/ https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/its-give-to-the-max/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:16:20 +0000 https://saintpaulalmanac.org/?p=22500

We don’t ask much. Heck, we don’t ask enough. Maybe it is because so many ask so often. Even though these asks are necessary, it sometime takes the heart out of giving.

But you can find heart:

  • between the pages of the Saint Paul Almanac
  • in our community editor project
  • in our IMPRESSIONS project
  • at our Almanac Literary Festival
  • at the Storymobile
  • at the Lowertown Reading Jams
  • and more!

You find it in the various ways we’ve connected Saint Paul’s life to stories, history, and the emerging future and existing art that is our DNA.

We need you to help the blood coursing through the veins of our Capital City. We hope you will help on this Give to the Max Day. We need a jolt to the heart to make our next book possible.

What the Almanac does is something that is not done anywhere else. Our community editor process is unique to Saint Paul and admired across the country.

Your gift today will help keep Saint Paul a community that maintains a place for stories. In a published book. With real paper pages to turn. And stunning art. Stories and poetry about our lives. Stories and poetry about our failures and our dreams.

With the Saint Paul Almanac in town, Saint Paul is a city that makes room for its many, many stories from a large literary cast. 

Give to the Max now and help us get the word out!

And thanks! We love you!

Saint Paul Almanac Board and Workers

Metric Giles, Kathleen Vellenga, Carla Knight, Leon Daisy, Stewart Stone, Stephanie Wright, Sagirah Shahid, Michael Kiesow Moore, Justin Holt, Linda White, Deb Runyon, Shaquan Foster, Clarence White, David Unowsky, Melvin Giles, Darius Gray, Pamela Fletcher, Katherine DeCelle, Bianca Rhodes, Judy Gilats, Wendy Brown-Baéz, Denny Cave, Hlee Lee, Ben Weaver, IBé, Danielle Magnuson, Sylvie Thomas, and Kimberly Nightingale

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The Lowertown Reading Jam Returns to the Black Dog with Brittany Lynch’s “Knowledge of Self” https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/the-lowertown-reading-jam-returns-to-the-black-dog-with-brittany-lynchs-knowledge-of-self/ https://saintpaulalmanac.org/news/the-lowertown-reading-jam-returns-to-the-black-dog-with-brittany-lynchs-knowledge-of-self/#respond Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:50:05 +0000 https://saintpaulalmanac.org/?p=22436
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Clarence White
clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org
612-267-9036

SAINT PAUL (November 22, 2017) November marks the return of the popular Lowertown Reading Jams. Saint Paul Almanac presents Brittany Lynch, Dr. Sheronda Orridge, and Joe Davis in “Knowledge of Self.” The Lowertown Reading Jam begins on Wednesday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe, 308 East Prince Street.

Brittany Lynch is a writer and radio host with a passion for telling untold stories. She’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a freelance writer for Insight News. She’s the recipient of the VERVE grant for spoken word poets, Beyond the Pure grant, and Legacy grant for her work as a writer healing communities through art-based engagement. Lynch—also known as Miss Brit—is the founding CEO of Visions Merging, a social enterprise that works at the intersection of art and community development. She has invited Dr. Sheronda Orridge and Joe Davis to perform on a theme that asks, “Who are you, and how did you arrive at knowing?”

Miss Brit asks us to join her and her fellow writers for a night of spoken word poetry and personal discovery. The journey to understanding self and our ancestral heritage as African Americans often requires imagination and the willingness to relive historical trauma in order to heal. “Knowledge of Self” will be a night of poetic expression where the poets share their journeys of making peace with their truth.

Dr. Sheronda Orridge performs conscious inspirational protest spoken rap that fuses poetry and hard-hitting lyrics to deliver powerful, thought-provoking messages about everyday life from a Black woman’s perspective. Dr. Sheronda is the owner and operator of Loving Spirit Holistic Services, a community organizer, writer, author, motivational speaker, holistic life coach, and life coach trainer. She specializes in coaching and developing artists of color.

Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis. He is the frontman of the emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble The Poetic Diaspora, and the co-founder and artistic director of H-Cubed: Harrison, Healing, Harmony, a monthly event series centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as a teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and is currently an artist-in-residence at Luther Seminary, pursuing a masters in Theology of the Arts.

Lowertown Reading Jams are open to all ages, no cover, donations welcome. As always, food and beverages will be for sale.

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