March Dirty Hands reading series: Kathleen Jesme and Swati Avasthi

Banfill-Locke 2014 Dirty Hands Reading Series – writing that gets under your fingernails.

Poet Kathleen Jesme and novelist Swati Avasthi are  featured writers during the March 14 Dirty Hands  reading series event at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.

Poet Kathleen Jesme and novelist Swati Avasthi are
featured writers during the March 14 Dirty Hands
reading series event at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Photo submitted

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts hosts two award winning writers, Kathleen Jesme and Swati Avasthi, for a special evening of words and images 7:30 p.m. March 14.

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. All events are free and open to the public.

Poet, novelist

Poet Kathleen Jesme’s work creates startling images and associations through spare, evocative language; novelist Swati Avasthi uses graphic art and vibrant prose to bring to life dramatic and intense characters. They will each be reading from their new books, and we will view the graphic art of Avasthi’s latest novel.

Jesme is the author of five volumes of poetry including Albedo, just off the press, and Meridian, winner of the Tupelo Press Snowbound Prize. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Swati Avasthi is the author two novels: Split (Knopf, 2010) which received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, and was nominated for 15 state awards; and Chasing Shadows which received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and Kirkus and was listed as a best of 2013 by Kirkus. Avasthi holds a BA from The University of Chicago and an MFA from University of Minnesota. She teaches at Hamline University and lives in Minneapolis with her two dogs, two kids and husband.

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

For more information, contact Banfill-Locke at 763-574-1850), by email at info@banfill-locke.org or online BanfillLocke.org.

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