Monday, October 06, 2008


Red Dragonfly poets reading

Seven poets will read on November 8 (Saturday) at 7:00 p.m. at Magers and Quinn bookstore, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S. in Uptown in Minneapolis. Each of the poets has published one or more books of poems through Red Dragonfly Press.

Here are brief bio notes on each of the poets who will be reading:

Vicki Graham's book Alembic was published in 2001 by Red Dragonfly Press, and her collection The Tenderness of Bees is just out, also from Red Dragonfly. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Athena Kildegaard is the author of Rare Momentum (Red Dragonfly Press), a series of poems based on the Fibonacci Series, and is co-editor of the Tupelo Press Poetry Project. She lives in Morris, Minnesota.

Larry Gavin's collections of poems include Necessities and Least Resistance, both from Red Dragonfly. He edits Tumbling Crane, a postcard magazine of haiku in English, and has written many articles on entomology, conservation and travel for Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine, for which he is a field editor.

Joe Paddock, a poet, oral historian and environmental writer, has published several books of poems over the years through various publishers. His forthcoming collection from Red Dragonfly Press is Dark Dreaming, Global Dimming, poems written in apprehension at the ways humanity is pushing dangerously at its global limits.

Nancy Paddock is the author of Trust the Wild Heart, published several years ago by Red Dragonfly, and a previous book of poems, A Dark Light, published by Vanilla Press. She is currently working on a memoir.

Lyle Daggett's books of poems include What Is Buried Here and If There Is A Song, both from Red Dragonfly Press, and The Idea of Legacy, published by Musical Comedy Editions. A new collection, The First Light Touches Me, is forthcoming from Red Dragonfly. His blog A Burning Patience is what you're reading at the moment. He lives in Minneapolis.

John Calvin Rezmerski is author of the single-poem pamphlet The Sheriff Next Day Answers the Reporter (Red Dragonfly Press), and several collections of poems from various other publishers. A couple of times over the years I've heard him read a hilarious poem of his, in which Tarzan of the Apes has become a suburban husband coming home tired and disgruntled after a hard day at the office. Rezmerski is Poet Laureate of the League of Minnesota Poets, and is a member of the poetry performance group Lady Poetesses from Hell.

Further details here (scroll down to the event notices for Nov. 8).

We invite you to come hear us.

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This coming Saturday I'll be hanging out a while at the Twin Cities Book Festival, a one-day annual event organized by Rain Taxi Review of Books. It's a good place to see people I don't usually see much during the rest of the year, and also (as it happens) a pretty good place to find interesting books. Most recent weather forecast I heard predicts rain here this coming weekend, so may be a good day to spend time inside...

too bad I'm 800 (?) miles away
And I'm even further away from Minneapolis than Jilly. Rats.

Hope there'll be a recap on A Burning Patience following the reading.
Wow, what a line up! Congrats Lyle, and I hope it's as wonderful a night as it possibly can be.
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