Award-winning writers to read their works at Banfill-Locke


Sheila O’Connor, an award winning author and poet, and Kathleen Weihe will be featured in Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts’ next reading series.

Sheila O'Connor
Sheila O’Connor

The free event will be held Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., at the center located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

O’Connor has written “Keeping Safe the Stars,” “Sparrow Road,” “Where No Gods Came” and “Tokens of Grace.”

The Bush Foundation, Loft, McKnight and the Minnesota State Arts Board have recognized her poetry and fiction.

O’Connor is a professor in Hamline University’s MFA program.

Among her many awards, O’Connor’s books have been honored with the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award, Midwest Booksellers Award finalist and Best Books of 2012 from VOYA.

Kathleen Weihe
Kathleen Weihe

Weihe teaches composition at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She has taught poetry classes at The Loft in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in such journals as “Water-Stone Review, “Spoon River Poetry Review” and “Emprise Review” to name a few.

Weihe has received an artist’s assistance fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Loft-McKnight Award for poetry and she has participated in the Loft’s Mentor Program. Her first book of poetry is titled “Unless You Count Birds.”

The event will be hosted by poet Paula Cisewski.

For more information, or call Banfill-Locke at 763-574-1850.

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