BLCA reading series continues

Donte Collins. Photos submitted Norita Dittberner-Jax Roy Guzmán
Donte Collins. Photos submitted

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will be holding their next monthly Reading Series Event Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The event will be hosted with the series partner Anoka Library at the Mississippi Library, 410 Mississippi St. NE, Fridley.

The reading will feature local authors Donte Collins, Norita Dittberner-Jax and Roy Guzmán.

The BLCA Reading Series is curated by Margaret Hasse and Clarence White.

The reading series is provided through a partnership with Anoka County Library and was funded with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

About the September authors

Collins is a poet, the author of “Autopsy” (2017) and winner of the 2016 Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Collins, an alum of TruArtSpeaks, a nonprofit arts organization based in the Twin Cities cultivating literacy, leadership and social justice through the study and application of Hip Hop culture, was selected youth poet laureate for Saint Paul in 2017.

Dittberner-Jax is the author of five collections of poetry. The most recent collections, Crossing The Waters (2017) and Stopping For Breath (2014), were both published by Nodin Press. Dittberner-Jax has won numerous awards and fellowships, among them several nominations for the Pushcart.

Guzmán is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Minnesota. Born in Honduras and raised in Miami, Florida, his work has appeared or will appear in Poetry magazine, Jet Fuel, Winter Tangerine, Juked and Superstition Review. It has been anthologized in IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books) and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (Tia Chucha Press).

Future reading events

An Oct. 13 reading will feature Dallas Crow and Zoe Bird. Nov. 10, Patricia Hampl and Lesley Nneja Arumah are on the program, and Dec. 8 the BLCA writer in residence culmination reading by Diego Vazquez Jr. is set to occur.

Art center location and hours

BLCA is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. Art center hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee. Free parking is also available. For more information, email [email protected], or call 763-574-1850.

About Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Since 1979, BLCA has been committed to being a wellspring for the north metro community by providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities and education through the visual and literary arts. Through a public-private partnership with the Anoka County Parks Department, BLCA provides a thriving and active creative community in the historic Banfill Tavern and former Locke house. Learn more online at