Lowertown Reading Jam

Lowertown Reading Jam: “In the Spirit of Our Mothers”

Lowertown Reading Jam: “In the Spirit of Our Mothers”

Amoke Kubat and the Saint Paul Almanac present the Lowertown Reading Jam: “In the Spirit of Our Mothers” Featured writers include: Amoke Kubat ♦ Fayise Abrahim ♦ Jasmine Boudah The Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2018,...

Dakota Writers Speak to Presence

Dakota Writers Speak to Presence

Colleen Casey, Lisa Yankton and the Saint Paul Almanac present the Lowertown Reading Jam: “Dakota Writers Speak to Presence” Featured writers include: Colleen Casey ♦ Rosetta Peters ♦ Richard Merlin Johnson Jr. ♦ Lonna Stevens Hunter ♦ Nicholas “Cetanzi” Metcalf ♦...

The Lowertown Reading Jam Returns

The Lowertown Reading Jam Returns

The Lowertown Reading Jam Returns to the Black Dog with Irna Landrum’s “A World Without End, Amen”   Contact: Clarence White, clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org 612-267-9036 SAINT PAUL (September 22, 2016) October marks the return of the popular Lowertown Reading...

“Makato Wokiksuye” Dakota Writers Speak to Presence

“Makato Wokiksuye” Dakota Writers Speak to Presence

On the 153rd anniversary of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States, the hanging of thirty-eight Dakota men in Mankato for their role in the U.S. Dakota War, contemporary Dakota writers speak to Presence.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Emmanuel Ortiz presents “Farmworkers and Food Justice” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Emmanuel Ortiz presents “Farmworkers and Food Justice” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

On the eve of the anniversary of the death of Cesar Chavez, one of the most iconic figures in the fight for farmworker justice in the United States, we honor the lives and work of farmworkers, and celebrate the struggle for workers’ rights and food justice. The poets featured each have an organic relationship to the issues, some of them being descendants of farmworkers, some doing food justice work. All of them use art to tell the stories and change the world.
Lowertown Reading Jam 2014-2015: “Dakota Writers Speak to Presence: Honoring the 38+2”

Lowertown Reading Jam 2014-2015: “Dakota Writers Speak to Presence: Honoring the 38+2”

On the 152nd anniversary of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States: the hanging of thirty-eight Dakota men in Mankato for their role in the U.S. Dakota War, contemporary Dakota writers speak to Presence. We speak several generations after the U.S. Dakota War and the United States government’s expulsion of Dakota from Minnesota. We speak, even as we are often erased or misrepresented in mainstream media and culture. We are here. Please join us as we reflect, remember, and share.
Lowertown Reading Jam 2014-2015: “The Crooked Rib?!”

Lowertown Reading Jam 2014-2015: “The Crooked Rib?!”

Wednesday, November 26, Nimo Farah presents “The Crooked Rib?!” at the Lowertown Reading Jam! The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the premier performance in its 2014–2015 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city and the widely popular genre of spoken word.
June 25th 2014: Ben Weaver presents “Things we have given up, for what and why?” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

June 25th 2014: Ben Weaver presents “Things we have given up, for what and why?” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the ninth in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city and the widely popular genre of spoken word. "In the face of progress we have given up many things. Those we have given up unconsciously are the most disturbing. So busy moving forward, we fail to see what we have dropped along the way. We have left the rivers, forests, and soil to fall into neglect. We have traded the night sky and stars—for what? Why? We have given up walking, knowing the names, stories, histories, and uses of places, animals, and plants. Other things, not all necessarily related to nature, have also been left behind." Featuring performances by Ben Weaver • Heid Erdrich • Kara Olson • Brad Zellar • with emcee Robert Karimi
May 28, 2014: David Mura presents “E/Merging Voices of the Twin Cities on Race & Identity” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

May 28, 2014: David Mura presents “E/Merging Voices of the Twin Cities on Race & Identity” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Featuring performances by David Mura • Chantz Erolin • Nikko Sencer-Mura • Dorothy O’Berry • Malanda J. Simba • Dane Verrett • with emcee Robert Karimi. In recent years a whole new generation of poets, spoken-word artists, and rappers have appeared on the Twin Cities' art scene. Their work explores the issues of race and identity and the changing demographics of our area. Some of the young writers on this bill come from the Voices Merging program of the University of Minnesota. Some are connected with the independent local hip-hop scene and the rap producer Julian Fairbanks.
April 23, 2014: Robert Karimi presents “Poetry about Food & Sex” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

April 23, 2014: Robert Karimi presents “Poetry about Food & Sex” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a group of some of the most fabulous Twin Cities poets/activists/storytellers who will set the table with nourishing delicious poems that will leave you hungry for more. From radical love, to feeding the masses, to Burger King sex, to wannabe porn starification, these sexy poets have run the gamut in their perspectives on the subject. And, yes, don't worry, we'll make time to talk about microaggressions...because our performers are far from being one-dimensional! Special aphrodisiac surprises on the Black Dog Café menu, concocted by The Peoples Cook, to get you in the mood before and after.
March 26, 2014: Ifrah Mansour presents “West Bank Footprints; Hidden, Awe-inspiring Stories” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

March 26, 2014: Ifrah Mansour presents “West Bank Footprints; Hidden, Awe-inspiring Stories” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Where have your footprints taken you? Through storytelling, spoken words, poetry, chanting, singing, crafting, and painting, we retrace our footprints and reflect as educators, community organizers, artists, students and fellow supporters on our journeys to romance the West Bank neighborhood in the midst of our greater personal journeys. The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the sixth in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city and the widely popular genre of spoken word. Featuring performances by Farhiyo Abdulkarim, Janet Curiel, Safy-Hallan Farah, Ifrah Mansour, and Lula Saleh.
February 26, 2014: Chay Douangphouxay presents “CAN YOU HAND(LE) IT?” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

February 26, 2014: Chay Douangphouxay presents “CAN YOU HAND(LE) IT?” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the fifth in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, feauturing performances by Chay Douangphouxay, Donte Collins, Naomi Ko, and Kevin Yang. The word “hand” has an extensive array of meaning, both literally and figuratively.  Without bounds, we use spoken word to play with the endless allusions that the word “hand” has in the English language, as well as its roles in our lives.  For example, the use of our hands can be used to create, mold, and shape matter into universes; at the same time the hand can be used as an instrument for mass destruction. I guess anything is possible when all hands are on deck!
January 22, 2014: Guante presents “Let the Bars Breathe” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

January 22, 2014: Guante presents “Let the Bars Breathe” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Featuring performances by Guante, Desdamona, Crescent Moon (of Kill the Vultures), Metasota, and See More Perspective. Come listen to five, singular voices in the world-renowned Twin Cities hip hop scene share their writing. Performing either a capella or accompanied by vocal percussion, the artists present an "unplugged" rap show that will highlight rap as a unique, dynamic poetic form with its own rules, values, and philosophies. The aim of the performance is not to divorce the voices from the beats in an attempt to compare and contrast rap with other forms of poetry, but rather to decontextualize the words in order to hear them from a new angle and gain a deeper appreciation for the craft of rapping.
December 18, 2013: Heid Erdrich presents “Double Hungry: Sustainable Poems” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

December 18, 2013: Heid Erdrich presents “Double Hungry: Sustainable Poems” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The "Double Hungry: Sustainable Poems" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. "Double Hungry: Sustainable Poems" gathers four diverse poets who will read on food in a changing world. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series is hosted by Heid E. Erdrich, whose newest book is Original Local—Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, and features poets GE Patterson, James Autio, and Kristin Naca.
November 20, 2013: Andrea Jenkins presents “Intersectionality” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

November 20, 2013: Andrea Jenkins presents “Intersectionality” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the second in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city and the widely popular genre of spoken word. The "Intersectionality" Lowertown Reading Jam is hosted by Andrea Jenkins, and features emcee Robert Karimi and performances by Andrea Jenkins, JP Arcani, Tracine Asberry, Nimo H. Farah, and a special guest performance by Neo-Soul singer Liz Lassiter. Cross-Culture, Cross-Issue, Cross-Gender, Cross-Border, and Cross-Genre—Intersectionality seeks to identify areas where we—as humans, activists, lovers, and creators—have similar goals, ideas, and places where we meet. Hear stories of passion and of progress, of struggle and of loss. Meet us on the corner of Equity and Truth-telling!
October 23, 2013: Ellena Schoop  presents “NU GRIOT’s Gumbo Revolution” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

October 23, 2013: Ellena Schoop presents “NU GRIOT’s Gumbo Revolution” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the first in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city and the widely-popular genre of Spoken Word. Meet writers from the Givens Foundation for African American Literature's Black Writers Collaborative Retreat Program—activists and community artist—as they share their fierce, unapologetic, bold, spicy and healing works. Stirring DNA threads plucked from the bayous of America, Haiti, Nigeria, Brazil, North Minneapolis, and around the globe, into a seasoned and savory word soup, sprinkled with sound and movement.
June 26th, 2013: Marcie Rendon presents “Anishinaabe Song/Poems for the New Millennium” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

June 26th, 2013: Marcie Rendon presents “Anishinaabe Song/Poems for the New Millennium” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

"Back at the turn of the last century there were folks who traveled around this country documenting Native people's demise. They took photos, painted pictures and recorded our songs. This evening is about Us singing our songs/reading our poems at the beginning of this new millennium to be recorded by Us for future generations. We continue to live. We continue to create." The "Anishinaabe Song/Poems for the New Millennium" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series is hosted by Marcie Rendon.
May 22nd, 2013: Mizna presents “If You See Something, Say Something” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

May 22nd, 2013: Mizna presents “If You See Something, Say Something” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

This presentation of the popular and eclectic series is hosted by Mizna, the Twin Cities’ own nationally-recognized Arab literary arts organization, who will bring a diverse group of established and emerging writers and performers to the Lowertown Reading Jam stage. With that Homeland Security dictum "if you see something, say something" ringing in their ears, Mizna’s group of Arab American and Muslim writers will give voice to their own experience of diverse homelands. The evening will be hosted by performance artist and Mizna rep Moheb Soliman, who will present his own work along with other amazing artists of spoken word, performance, and straight-up poetry coming out of Mizna’s Silaat writing workshop series. All ages, no cover, donations accepted. Food and beverages for sale.
April 24th, 2013: TruArtSpeaks presents the (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Team at the Lowertown Reading Jam

April 24th, 2013: TruArtSpeaks presents the (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Team at the Lowertown Reading Jam

TruArtSpeaks has been an active organization in the Twin Cities since 2006. TruArtSpeaks utilizes elements of hip-hop, spoken word, and the arts, to encourage literacy and develop leadership in the communities we serve, supporting a generation of vibrant young voices as they make their claim on the world. The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Series is a program that seeks to identify six youth poets between the ages of 13-19 to represent Minnesota in the annual international Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Come meet them!
March 27th, 2013: Sha Cage presents “The Blacker The Berry” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

March 27th, 2013: Sha Cage presents “The Blacker The Berry” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the sixth in its 2012–2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city. This long-anticipated reading by 25+ of some of the most prolific women of color in the Twin Cities is curated by Shá Cage. Cage has traveled widely to areas such as Canada, England, Africa, New York, Bosnia, France, and more, teaching and performing her work that largely centers around topics of identity, class, cultural celebration, and home. Cage has invited the women to speak around a shared theme, "The Blacker the Berry." Expect laughter, deep thought, community engagement, knee-slapping, and finger-snapping.
February 27th, 2013: Saymoukda Vongsay presents “When Poets Found Bass” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

February 27th, 2013: Saymoukda Vongsay presents “When Poets Found Bass” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the fifth in its 2012–2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "When Poets Found Bass" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Saymoukda Vongsay, features performances by Fres Thao, Desdamona, Truthmaze and Saymoukda Vongsay, with music by DJ Kool Akiem.
January 23rd, 2013: Louis Alemayehu presents “Nuevo Mestizos” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

January 23rd, 2013: Louis Alemayehu presents “Nuevo Mestizos” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The "Nuevo Mestizos" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Louis Alemayehu, features performances by Emmanuel Ortiz, Leo Lara and Louis Alemayehu. "We will explore through song, story and spoken word some of the ideas of Gloria Anzuldua as to what it means to live in the border lands of culture, race, sex, class and nationality. There is a visionary identity that connects us to the world, ecologically, spiritually, politically, culturally in a new way... Nuevo Mestizos."
December 26th, 2012: Aimee Renaud presents “By Chance By Choice: Radical Writings on Family” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

December 26th, 2012: Aimee Renaud presents “By Chance By Choice: Radical Writings on Family” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the third in its 2012–2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "By Chance By Choice: Radical Writings on Family" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Aimee Renaud, features performances by Danez Smith, Laura Nuckols, Hieu Nguyen, Melinda Lee, Chantz Erolin and Aimee Renaud.
November 28th, 2012: J. Otis Powell‽ presents “Three Artists, Three Themes” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

November 28th, 2012: J. Otis Powell‽ presents “Three Artists, Three Themes” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the second in its 2012–2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Three Artists, Three Themes" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by J. Otis Powell‽, features performances by Shá Cage, Tish Jones, and J. Otis Powell‽
October 24th, 2012: Bao Phi presents “Where No Brown Has Gone Before” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

October 24th, 2012: Bao Phi presents “Where No Brown Has Gone Before” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the first in its 2012–2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Where No Brown Has Gone Before: Nerds Of Color Read Nerdy Works" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Bao Phi, features performances by Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Shannon Gibney, R. Vincent Moniz Jr. and May Lee-Yang.
July 25th, 2012: Katie Ka Vang presents “Many Hats” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

July 25th, 2012: Katie Ka Vang presents “Many Hats” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the final in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Many Hats" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Katie Ka Vang, features performances by Joua Lee, Katie Hae Leo, Sai Chang, Linda Nguyễn, Kathy Mouacheupao, Iris Shiraishi and Simi Kang.
June 27th, 2012: David Vu presents “Life’s Lessons Learned” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

June 27th, 2012: David Vu presents “Life’s Lessons Learned” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the eighth in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Learning Life's Lessons" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, June 11th 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by David Vu, features performances by Olivia Baker, Dua Saleh, Laurine Chang, Rebecca Song, Tsimnuj Hawj, Kurt Blomberg and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria.
May 23, 2012: Sheronda Orridge presents “Raising Consciousness and Healing Through Words” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

May 23, 2012: Sheronda Orridge presents “Raising Consciousness and Healing Through Words” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the seventh in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Raising Consciousness and Healing Through Words" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Sheronda Orridge, features performances by Akeeylah Watkins, Angel Myatt, Monique Crusoe, Karyssa Jackson, Kashimana, Dianne Moore, and Fanond Burnett.
April 25, 2012: M.anifest presents “ROUTES TO ROOTS: ‘Sankofa’ and uncovering our histories through our artistic journey” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

April 25, 2012: M.anifest presents “ROUTES TO ROOTS: ‘Sankofa’ and uncovering our histories through our artistic journey” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the sixth in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Routes to Roots: 'Sankofa' and uncovering our histories through our artistic journey" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by M.anifest, features performances by poet and playwright Lisa Marie Brimmer, producer and community organizer Owen Duckworth, and M.anifest.
Mar 28, 2012: Tou SaiKo Lee presents “Stories from O.G.s” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Mar 28, 2012: Tou SaiKo Lee presents “Stories from O.G.s” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The "Stories from O.G.s: Honoring the O.riginal G.eneration" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 from 7 to 8.30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Tou SaiKo Lee, features Fresh Traditions (Tou SaiKo Lee and Grandma Youa Chang), Chilli Lor, Abdi Phenomenal and Louis Alemayehu. "Stories from O.G.s" is a dynamic, cross-cultural, cross-generational evening of youth honoring elders' stories and passing them on through music, songs, hip hop and spoken word poetry. Youth and Elder artists with roots from all over the world collaborate to express the connections we have and to immortalize these stories. This show is dedicated to the memory of Deborah Torraine who has always requested to see grandma Youa Chang perform.
Feb 13, 2012: Alexander Wanna presents “Poetry & Comedy” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Feb 13, 2012: Alexander Wanna presents “Poetry & Comedy” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the fourth in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Poetry & Comedy" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, February 13th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the eclectic series, presented by Alexander Wanna, features Marlene Moxness and Andrew Cahak.
Jan 9, 2012: Wendy Brown-Báez presents “Yours Truly” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Jan 9, 2012: Wendy Brown-Báez presents “Yours Truly” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce its first 2012 event—the third in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Yours Truly" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, January 9th, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the eclectic series, presented by Wendy Brown-Báez, features Mai Vang, Tyler Marie Arends, Angela Ken, Chaunesty Perkings, Michael Liljedahl, and English teacher Jennifer Plum.
Dec 12, 2011: Nimo Farah presents “Nomadic Expressions” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Dec 12, 2011: Nimo Farah presents “Nomadic Expressions” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the second of its 2011–2012 series of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, celebrating the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. This "Nomadic Expressions" Jam from the eclectic series, curated by Nimo Farah, features readings by Louis Alemayehu, Nahid Khan, Jake Virden, IBé, Marisa Carr, Abdifatah Farah Ali, Adrienne Maiers, and Hersi.
Nov 14th, 2011: Lowertown Reading Jam: J. Otis Powell! presents “Duende and the Sound of Soul”

Nov 14th, 2011: Lowertown Reading Jam: J. Otis Powell! presents “Duende and the Sound of Soul”

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the first of its 2011-2012 series of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, celebrating the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The November 14th presentation of the eclectic series, curated by J. Otis Powell, features readings by eight spoken word performers living in Minnesota—Louis Alemayehu, e.g. bailey, Andrea Jenkins, Tom Kanthak, Leah Nelson, Alexs Pate, Katherine Pehrson and J. Otis Powell. The "Duende and the Sound of Sound" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, November 14th, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. The Jams will continue on the second Monday of each month through July.
July 11th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tata Diego Slams Again!

July 11th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tata Diego Slams Again!

Diego Vázquez Jr., the founder of SlamMN, will host a slam competition for the first time in ten years on Monday, July 11, 2011 as the final Lowertown Reading Jam of the 2010–2011 season. Join friends and fans of the Saint Paul Almanac from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street (across the street from the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market), and slam in any genre with Poetry Slam rules (3-minute limit per round). Open to the first 15 slammers to sign up at the door (sign-up sheet opens at 7:00 p.m.). First Prize $150; Second Prize $75; Third Prize $50; and of course – all slammers receive applause and recognition!
June 13th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Melvin Giles presents “Sowing the Seeds of Peace”

June 13th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Melvin Giles presents “Sowing the Seeds of Peace”

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. On Monday, June 13, the Jam will be hosted and curated by urban farmer and peace activist, Melvin Giles. Centered around themes of gardening, feeding the hungry, peace and social justice, the evening, entitled “Sowing the Seeds of Peace,” will feature readings and spoken word performances by several community members from throughout the Twin Cities. This penultimate Reading Jam of the 2010-2011 season takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street, located across the street from the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market.
May 9th Lowertown Reading Jam: Desdamona presents “Silence and the Sound”

May 9th Lowertown Reading Jam: Desdamona presents “Silence and the Sound”

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. The May 9th presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Desdamona, features readings by four spoken word performers living in Minnesota. The "Silence and the Sound" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, May 9th, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul.
June 26th, 2013: Marcie Rendon presents “Anishinaabe Song/Poems for the New Millennium” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

Apr 11th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Marcie R. Rendon presents Anishinabe and Lakota Poets

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. The April presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Marcie R. Rendon, features readings by three native poets and performers living in Minnesota. The Anishinabi Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, April 11th, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar.
Mar 14th, 2011: Lowertown Reading Jam: St. Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly presents Six Fine Irish Performers

Mar 14th, 2011: Lowertown Reading Jam: St. Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly presents Six Fine Irish Performers

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the March presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Carol Connolly, features readings by six of the finest poets and performers of Irish descent working in Minnesota today. The all-Irish Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. The Jams will continue on the second Monday of each month through July.
Feb 21st, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tou SaiKo Lee presents “Asiatic Fresh & Classic”

Feb 21st, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tou SaiKo Lee presents “Asiatic Fresh & Classic”

Event curator, Tou SaiKo Lee believes in building an influential movement within the Hmong community through the arts. He is a spoken word artist, mentor and hip hop activist. A mentor for youth at schools and community centers across the country, he speaks about issues that include human rights, diversity, racism, gang violence and arts for social change. Tou SaiKo Lee is the co-founder of “The H Project” a compilation music CD inspired by the human right violations of Hmong people in the jungles of Laos. Spoken word performers at the Feb 21st Lowertown Reading Jam include Ed Bok Lee, Juliana Pegues, Bao Phi, Saymoukda Vongsay, Kevin Yang, Chanmany Sysengchanh, David Vulocity, Chilli Lor, Laurine Chang and Gaoiaong Vang.
Jan 10th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: May Lee-Yang presents works in progress by multidisciplinary artists

Jan 10th, 2011 Lowertown Reading Jam: May Lee-Yang presents works in progress by multidisciplinary artists

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. The January presentation of the eclectic series, curated by May Lee-Yang, offers an intimate look at works in progress by multidisciplinary artists. The Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, January 10, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul.
Dec 13th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Matthew Rucker presents “The Best Slam Poetry in the World”

Dec 13th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Matthew Rucker presents “The Best Slam Poetry in the World”

Hear the best in spoken word by members of the Saint Paul Soap Boxing Slam team — two time winners of the National Poetry Slam (“the Olympics of Slam Poetry”). The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. The December presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Matthew Rucker, will be presented on Monday, December 13, 2010 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. The Jams will continue on the second Monday of each month through July 2011.
Nov 8th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tish Jones presents “The Truth: Wants More”

Nov 8th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tish Jones presents “The Truth: Wants More”

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. The second season of the eclectic series, curated by Tish Jones, will be presented on Monday, November 8, 2010 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. The Jams will continue on the second Monday of each month through July 2011.
October 11, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Deborah Torraine presents “Exploring ‘The Sacred'”

October 11, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Deborah Torraine presents “Exploring ‘The Sacred'”

The first of a brand new series of Saint Paul Almanac Lowertown Reading Jams takes place on Monday, October 11th, from 7:00-8:30pm at the Black Dog Cafe. Curated by Deborah Torraine, the theme of this reading jam is “The Sacred.” Deborah says that when she reads the word “sacred,” she stops to re-read it again because at first glance it looks like the word “scared.” Also reading will be Dara Beevas, Natalie Delgado, Q, Nimo Farah, Shane Hawley, Sheronda Orridge and Mickey Rich.
July 5th, 2010: Melvin Giles presents “Nurturing the Soil of the Soul”

July 5th, 2010: Melvin Giles presents “Nurturing the Soil of the Soul”

The Saint Paul Almanac presents an evening of "Nurturing the Soil of the Soul: Intentional Acts of Kindness and Peace Are the Seeds of Liberation and Peace," the season finale of the Saint Paul Almanac's Lowertown Reading Jam series. Hosted by Melvin Giles, the evening includes readings and expressions from the godmother of peace, Ms. Bertha Givins; KFAI radio show co-host Andy Driscoll of Truth to Tell; spoken word artist Tish Jones, executive and artistic director of TruArtSpeaks; Yer Kong of Paj Ntuab Voice; community activist and urban farmer, Metric Giles I; and performing artists of Saint Paul Central's Synergy.
June 7th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tish Jones introduces the Minnesota Quest Youth Slam Team

June 7th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tish Jones introduces the Minnesota Quest Youth Slam Team

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota's capital city with a provocative and inspiring spoken word performance by the Minnesota Quest Youth Slam Team. The Minnesota Quest Youth Slam Team is a talented group of multi-cultural poets, writers and performers from urban Minnesota high schools who give voice to an art form that honors and brings forward the stories, experiences, dreams, convictions and perspectives often silenced by the dominant culture.
May 3rd, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: “Celebrating Local Cultural Workers” with Deborah Torraine

May 3rd, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: “Celebrating Local Cultural Workers” with Deborah Torraine

Hosted by Deborah A. Torraine, the Lowertown Reading Jam takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street. Joining Torraine for a lively and inspiring event will be local writers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, a gospel singer and spoken word artists, including Louis Alemayehu, Lisa Brimmer, Claire DeCoster, Lenora Harris, Lynette Harris, Michael Haynes, Q and Leonard Wilkes.

April 5th, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Desdemona presents “Poetry & Activism” with award-winning artists & poets

The April 5th Lowertown Reading Jam, curated by internationally acclaimed artist, Desdamona, will also feature performances by Reggie Harris, Tish Jones and Ibé. The Almanac has been hosting the monthly Reading Jams since October 2009, and they have been steadily gaining in popularity as excited audiences spread the word about their powerful shared experiences. The Jams provide an opportunity to explore and bridge the cultural and social breadth of Saint Paul throughout the year as stories are both given and received.
Mar 1st, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Saint Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly presents a Quintet of Irish Poets

Mar 1st, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Saint Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly presents a Quintet of Irish Poets

In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, five local Irish-American writers will be reading in a popular monthly event sponsored by The Saint Paul Almanac and curated this month by Saint Paul Poet Laureate, Carol Connolly. Presented Monday, March 1, 2010 at the Blackdog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown, Connolly brings together a quintet of acclaimed Irish Poets to read from new and selected works. Joining Carol for the reading will be Kevin Fitzpatrick, Ethna McKiernan, Tim Nolan, and Mary Kay Rummel.
Feb 1st, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tou SaiKo Lee presents “Hmong Male Writers take the Mic”

Feb 1st, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam: Tou SaiKo Lee presents “Hmong Male Writers take the Mic”

The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of the capital city with an entertaining and thought-provoking schedule of free author events throughout February. The events kick off with the Monday, February 1, Lowertown Reading Jam from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince Street, by the Farmers' Market in Saint Paul's Lowertown. Hosted and produced by Tou SaiKo Lee, this month's Reading Jam features the voices of more than a dozen local Hmong men.
Jan 4th, 2010: Marcie Rendon presents Native American Literature at the Jam

Jan 4th, 2010: Marcie Rendon presents Native American Literature at the Jam

The Saint Paul Almanac celebrates the start of the New Year with its first literary program of 2010, an event of the monthly Lowertown Reading Jam Series featuring emerging Native American writers. Hosted by Marcie Rendon, Anishinabe, the Monday, January 4 Lowertown Reading Jam takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street, located across the street from the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. Rendon has been instrumental in creating a viable Native presence in the Twin Cities artistic community, and she wears many hats including those of poet, playwright, children’s author, freelance writer, and performance consultant.

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