Local authors share their talents at Banfill

Two local authors will take center stage Friday as part of the Banfill-Locke Reading Series.

Athena Kildegaard. Photo submitted
Athena Kildegaard. Photo submitted

Athena Kildegaard and James Silas Rogers are featured at the event hosted by Matt Rasmussen.

The Banfill-Locke Reading Series is set for Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. It is a monthly series offered the second Friday of each month.

During the event, each author will read from his or her work. There will also be books available for sale.

“The reading series takes place once a month and I’ve tried to book the best local writers who usually have a new book out or a new project they are working on,” Rasmussen said.

Kildegaard is a local poet. She is the author of three books of poems, “Rare Momentum,” “Bodies of Light” and “Cloves & Honey.” “Bodies of Light” was a finalist for the 2011 Minnesota Book Award in poetry.

James Silas Rogers. Photo submitted
James Silas Rogers. Photo submitted

Kildegaard is also a recipient of grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board and she received the 2011 LRAC/McKnight Fellowship.

Her poems have been published in a wide variety of journals. She is a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and has been a roster artist with the COMPAS/WAITS program.

Rogers is a poet/non-fiction writer who edits New Hibernia Review, a journal of Irish studies published by the University of St. Thomas.

Parallel Press published his chapbook “Sundogs” in 2006.

His poems have appeared publications including Nimrod, Spiritus and Poetry East.

In addition to poetry, Rogers has written a collection of essays involving burial places and sacred spaces and has published creative nonfiction in such journals as South Dakota Review, Big Muddy, Isle and Ascent.

Host Rasmussen is a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellow and has received awards, grants and residencies from The Bush Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Loft Literary Center, The Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts and The Anderson Center in Red Wing.

His poems have been published in Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, Mid American Review, New York Quarterly and elsewhere.

He’s a founding editor of Birds, LLC, a small, independent poetry press.

Rasmussen’s first book of poems, “Black Aperture,” won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award and will be published in spring of 2013.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located 6666 East River Road, Fridley.

For more information call 763-574-1850, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.banfill-locke.org.