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Margaret Hasse, Su Smallen, Tim Nolan and Athena Kildegaard read poetry

Margaret Hasse, originally from South Dakota, makes her home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was educated at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota. Her poems are in the sidewalks of Saint Paul and will be part of The Saint Paul Almanac’s Impressions contest that places poem-posters on buses, trains, and other public transportation. Her latest collection of poems, Between Us, was released in October 2016, as was an anthology chapbook of poems she edited called A Little Book of Abundance: Poems of Thanksgiving throughout the Year. Previous collections include Stars Above, Stars Below (New Rivers); In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling (Milkweed Editions), Milk and Tides (Nodin Press), awarded the poetry prize from the Minnesota Independent Book Publishing Association; and Earth’s Appetite. Margaret has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as two fellowships from the McKnight Foundation through the Loft Literary Center.

Su Smallen is the author of six collections of poetry.  Her first collection, Weight of Light, was nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, and Buddha, Proof was a Minnesota Book Award Finalist. Su was awarded the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Center, and a residency with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. With Laurel Poetry Collective, she published books and broadsides for ten years. Su was a professional choreographer and dancer, and her poetry has served as scores for dance and film, including Miracle of the Spring.

Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis in 1954. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978 with a B.A. in English. He and his wife Kate moved to New York City in 1978 where he obtained an M.F.A. degree in writing from Columbia University, worked as an archivist at the Whitney Museum, and read the poetry slush pile for The Paris Review. He returned to Minnesota in 1985 and received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1989. Tim’s poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Water~Stone. Garrison Keillor has read Tim’s poems on The Writer’s Almanac on National Public Radio.

Athena Kildegaard’s previous books are Rare Momentum, Bodies of Light (a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award), and Cloves & Honey. She received the LRAC/McKnight Fellowship and grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, Morris

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