Dirty Hands reading series – writing that gets under your fingernails

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts hosts two writers, poet and essayist Susan Steger Welsh and poet Rachel Moritz as part of the 2014 Dirty Hands reading series Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Poet and essayist Susan Steger Welsh

Poet and essayist Susan Steger Welsh

The series features writers whose work addresses the world with immediacy and sharp edges. Discover new voices as well as new writing from familiar writers and new ways of reading and presenting poetry, prose and ideas.

These will be interactive events; series curator Becca Barniskis invites audience response and facilitates a lively exchange between writers and readers. All events are free and open to the public.

About the writers

Steger Welsh is a former television news producer with a degree in textiles and clothing, an MBA and a tendency to get carried away with things. Her first poetry collection, “Rafting on the Water Table” (New Rivers Press 2000) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her essay, “My Good Bad Luck,” appears in Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, (Borealis Books 2008).

She has been awarded two State Arts Board Fellowships, a SASE/Jerome fellowship and a Jerome/Travel Study grant.

Rachel Moritz, author of three poetry chapbooks.

Rachel Moritz, author of three poetry chapbooks.

The poet and essayist lives with her husband and the boxes left behind by her grown children in a 1910 bungalow, which is the subject of her current project.

Steger Welsh be reading prose and poems from that manuscript, titled “I Still Have Dreams About that House.”

It’s the story of her search to learn the history of the house, the Macalester Park neighborhood, and the remarkable stories of the people who lived there over the past century.

Moritz is the author of three poetry chapbooks: “Elementary Rituals” (Albion Books, 2013), “Night-Sea” (New Michigan Press, 2008) and “The Winchester Monologues” (New Michigan Press, 2005).

Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, 26, TYPO, Verse Daily and VOLT.

Among her awards are 2010 and 2012 fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a 2008 SASE/Jerome Fellowship and a 2009 residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Moritz received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has taught writing in community and academic settings, including Hamline University, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota and The Loft Literary Center. Currently she teaches with Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota and edits poetry for Konundrum Engine Literary Review.

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