Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts hosts three writers, James Cihlar, William Reichard and Mary Jo Thompson, for a special Valentine’s Day reading at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The reading will be titled “Odi et Amo” meaning “I hate and I love.“
The Dirty Hands reading 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. In this interactive event, all three writers will invite the audience members to write their own Valentine’s poem. All events are free and open to the public.
Cihlar is the author of the poetry books “Rancho Nostalgia” (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and “Undoing” (Little Pear Press, 2008), and the chapbooks “A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter” (Bloom Chapbook Prize, 2013) and “Metaphysical Bailout” (Pudding House Press, 2010). His writing has been published in The American Poetry Review, The Awl, Court Green, Smartish Pace, The Rumpus, Lambda Literary Review, and Forklift, Ohio. He has received two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships for Poetry and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. jimcihlar.com
Reichard is the author of four collections of poetry: “Sin Eater” (Mid-List Press, 2010); “This Brightness” (Mid-List Press, 2007); “How To” (Mid-List Press, 2004) was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and “An Alchemy in the Bones” (New Rivers Press, 1999) won a Minnesota Voices Prize. Poems from “This Brightness and How To” have been featured on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” He has published one chapbook, “To Be Quietly Spoken” (Frith Press, 2001) and edited “The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s” (University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Reichard’s anthology of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, “American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice,” was published by New Village Press in April 2011.
Mary Jo Thompson
Thompson’s poems have appeared in the anthologies “Best American Poetry 2011” and “Another and Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series,” and in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Indiana Review, Carolina Quarterly, Great River Review, Rhino, North Coast Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and Minnesota Monthly, among other journals. She has collaborated with textile artist Mary Hark to create public installations of poetry and paper for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts at the Open Book and the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, the former supported by a Jerome Foundation grant. In 2009 Thompson received an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.
The Dirty Hands reading series curator Barniskis writes and teaches poetry. Her new chapbook, “Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket” (Anomalous Press) also appears in an audio music version and is available digitally and as a vinyl LP. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals, among them Handsome, The Boiler, Mid-American Review, Conduit and Prairie Schooner.
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