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Sherry Quan Lee presents 'Love Imagined' and Christine Stark presents 'Nickels'

Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir

“Quan Lee crafts a riveting tale of Minnesota life set within the backdrop of racial segregation, the Cold War, the sexual revolution while navigating it all through the lens of her multi-layered identities. A true demonstration of the power of an intersectional perspective,” says Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D., Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Minnesota State University, Moorhead, about Love Imagined.

"Love Imagined: this fascinating, delightful, important book. This imagining love, this longing for love. This poverty of No Love, this persistent racism, sexism, classism, ageism. The pain these evils cause the soul...This is an important document of a mixed-race contemporary woman, a memoir about her family lineages back to slavery, back to China, back to early Minneapolis, and about the struggle of finding herself in all of these." 
--Sharon Doubiago, author of My Father’s Love 

"When I read Sherry’s story [Love Imagined], I recognized feelings and meanings that mirrored mine. I felt a sense of release, an exhale, and I knew I could be understood by her in a way that some of my family and friends are unable to grasp, through no fault of their own. It’s the Mixed experience. Sherry Lee’s voice, her story, will no doubt touch and heal many who read it." 
--Lola Osunkoya, MA Founder of Neither/Both LLC, Mixed-Race Community Building and Counseling

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).

Nickels: a tale of dissociation

"...a perfect genius that makes the impossible in expression, possible; the unknowable in experience, knowable"
--Anya Achtenberg, author of The Stories of Devil-Girl

Nickels follows a biracial girl named "Little Miss So and So", from age 4-1/2 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels' lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child's survival and, ultimately, the adult's healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author and artist Christine Stark.

"Christine Stark has crafted a language and a diction commensurate with the shredding of consciousness that is a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. She brings us a wholly original voice in a riveting novel of desperation and love. Every sentence vibrates with a terrible beauty. Every sentence brings the news."
--Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery

"To be taken into the mind of a child can be an enchanting adventure, but to be taken into the mind of a child who is abused, confused, and taken for granted is a lingering, livid journey. I applaud her fortitude to bring an olden--too long ignored-- truth out of the darkness with blazing, innovative light."
--MariJo Moore, author of The Diamond Doorknob

"In Nickels, Christine Stark, powerfully portrays the story of abuse and its impact on our lives. When this beautifully written and compelling story leaves, you are left wanting more. It's riveting; a book that will capture you from the beginning and carry you through the end. Everyone should read this book."
--Olga Trujillo, author of The Sum of My Parts

Biography: Christine Stark grew up in Minnesota. She was an All-State athlete in soccer and played soccer in the Big Ten. She received her MFA from Minnesota State University at Mankato. She was a grass roots activist for many years before deciding to focus on her writing and art. Currently, she teaches writing at a community college and university in the Twin Cities, runs, writes, draws, and spends time with friends. She has American Indian and European heritage. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner, April, and their dog and cat.

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