Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers

September 9, 2021

“Somewhere in this city, someone is working on a poem full of hope and resolve…” — ”Poem for the State of the City, April 21, 2009” by Carol Connolly  …

Art by Demont Peekaso Pinder

I Wish

By Allysza Castile ● September 16, 2019

Last night I woke up out my sleep and I cried for you. I tried to hold it in, but my tears just flowed like an endless river that would…

Art by Demont Peekaso Pinder

Survive These Evil Fates

By Valerie Castile ● September 15, 2019

Children are a gift from God, a small, innocent replica of ourselves. Our job as parents is to love, nurture, protect, and teach, to bring forth the great qualities of…

Art by Moriah Pratt

Philando Castile

By Norita Dittberner-Jax ● September 13, 2019

In that Cathedral atop the highest hill in Saint Paul, we gathered for Philando. He came on a white catafalque drawn by horses, his coffin carried up the hill by…

Art by Ta-coumba Aiken

William Taylor, First Fiddler of Minnesota

By John Heine ● September 11, 2019

Who led a band in the Minnesota Territory known as “the favorite of the dancing public”? A Saint Paul resident, barber, and Black man by the name of William Taylor.…

Evelyn, Aging

By Christina Joyce ● May 23, 2017

AUNT EVELYN AND I HEAD TO CALVARY CEMETERY, as we do every June, to place flowers on Uncle Jerry’s grave. Along Front Street in Saint Paul, this Catho­lic cemetery is…

Art by Immanuel Bratzel

Tell me again

By Julia Klatt Singer ● May 23, 2017

about the man with the pear tree who lost his wife after fifty-six years of marriage and how he had that old gnarled tree in his backyard, and that that…

Why Ain’t You a Doc?

March 15, 2016

Doc Bozeman tried to concentrate on that bullet—black and glistening with blood—and not on the fact that it was lodged in John Dillinger’s shoulder. Muscle and tissue gripped it like the gangster didn’t want to give it up, and Bozeman maneuvered to get a grip with his forceps.

Remembering Dorothy Day

March 3, 2016

Dorothy Day and I go way back. Granted, I never met her, but I can’t help but feel a connection after volunteering every third Saturday for the past twenty years at the Dorothy Day Center in downtown Saint Paul.

Learn the Fundamentals: An Interview with Billy Peterson

February 5, 2016

Billy Peterson has left his impression on Saint Paul baseball for more than five decades.

Do We Remember . . . the North Central Voters League?

January 26, 2016

The “sizzling sixties” stands out as one of the most dramatic seachanging decades in the annals of American political and social history.

The Good Ole Days All Over Again

January 21, 2016

Hi there! Everyone talks about the good old days—how they used to be—what a difference from today. Remember when gas was 25¢ a gallon? And cigarettes 26¢ a box with a 1¢ tax? Wow!