The Birchbark Books Reading Series continues its 6th season of readings on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. Reading will be Satish P. Jayaraj, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Sherry Quan Lee, and Eric Hove.
Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina, the Birchbark Books Reading Series features new, emerging, and established writers quarterly September through May.
A perpetual immigrant, Indian writer Satish P. Jayaraj now calls Minnesota home. Though not used to the inhumane winters, the love by and of the writing community of the Twin Cities quickly won him over. Satish enjoys writing in multiple creative genres. He is working on his second fantasy novel, a follow up to the e-published Secret Of the Naga Dragons. For this evening he will proudly present some of his poetry.
Sherrie Fernandez-Williams holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and is a recipient of an Artist Initiative Award through the Minnesota State Arts Board, a SASE/Jerome Award through Intermedia Arts, and the Jones’ Commission Award through the Playwrights’ Center. She was a selected participant in the Loft Mentor Series for Creative Nonfiction, and the Givens Black Writers Collaborative. Her work has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Sherrie’s debut memoir, Soft was published by North Star Press (2014). Fernandez-Williams discovered her need for words in Brooklyn, NY where she was born and raised, but “grew up” as a writer in the Twin Cities.
Sherry Quan Lee (MFA in Creative Writing, University of Minnesota) is a Community Instructor at Metropolitan State University, and has taught classes and mentored writers at Intermedia Arts and the Loft Literary Center; co-taught A Gathering of Storytellers for the University of Minnesota Women of Color Organization (UWOC), Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), a partnership between the University of Minnesota and North Minneapolis, and for other community organizations state wide. She is the author of Chinese Blackbird, a memoir in verse, How to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman’s life, and hot off the press, Love Imagined: a mixed race memoir (all published by Modern History Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan).
Eric Hove holds a Master Fine Arts from Hamline University and serves as a poetry editor for Red Bird Chapbooks. His poetry has been published in Versus Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, and rock, paper, scissors. He is working on his first book,Closing Time in the Museum of Certainty. Eric also volunteers with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.
As I ready for Fall semester, my mind is on “responsibility”- and I hope to convey to students, through the words of other writers, that we writers have a job to do, as scary and risky and lonely as that job can be.
Interesting article, here’s an excerpt: …a poetry that bears witness to the exigencies and horrors of the political moment in which the poem, and the poet, exists. This kind of poetry carries on speaking to the unimagined future. It sings of a spiritualized and a politicized vision, and it leaps into infinity.
But, help, who wrote the article?
SHERRY QUAN LEE photo by Charissa Uemura
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