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Sandra Larson and Miriam Weinstein read poetry

Sandra Sidman Larson, twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has three chapbooks to her credit: Whistling Girls and Cackling HensOver a Threshold of Roots(both Pudding House Press Publications) and Weekend Weather: Calendar Poems.  Recognized as a full-length manuscript finalist for the 2013 Lost Horse Press’ Idaho Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Trio House Press Trio Award, she was also a semi-finalist in the 2015 Concrete Press’ chapbook competition. Her chapbook Ode to Beautiful has just been published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has been published in many venues such as the Atlanta ReviewGrey Sparrow,Earth’s Daughters and The Studio Potter. Holding an MSW, Sandra managed nonprofit organizations for a career, and, as a poet, she is an active member of The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and the grandmother of two promising grandchildren.

The twenty poem’s in Miriam Weinstein’s chapbook are both the maps to and the evidence of a struggle to find words the the poet can “learn to trust” as she navigates the difficult terrain of memory and desire, of social and family history. Even the more political poems here—about homelessness, the fear of atomic war, the legacy of the Holocaust—float a belief in the natural world as a place of solace and meaning. These poems enact their own philosophy as “brief moments” of connection: they reach out aand touch us “across the abyss.” Jude Nutter

Miriam Weinstein has had poems published in the anthology The Heart of All ThatIs:Reflections on Home published by Holy Cow Press, The Chinook Book, and "The Quotable", Issue 11: Memory.  She is a recent graduate of the Loft Literary Center (Minneapolis, MN) two-year apprenticeship program in poetry.

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