Join us in the store on Friday, October 20th at 7:00 PM for an evening of poetry with Stanley Kusunoki and Kevin Fitzpatrick. Kusunoki will be reading from his new collection, "Items in the News," and Fitzpatrick will be reading from his collection, "Still Living in Town." Book signing to follow!
Stan Kusunoki is a third generation Japanese - American writer, teacher, and quasi-musician. He has taught creative writing to children through residencies and mentorships with the Asian - American Renaissance, The Loft, S. A.S.E., The WritePlace, and the S.T.E.E.L. summer camp sponsored by Shakopee Public Schools. He was the recipient of The Loft "Asian Inroads" mentorship, and Asian- American Renaissance's "Writers Block". He was a mentor for Intermedia Arts "Exchanges" program. Kusunoki is currently the High Potential Coordinator at Red Oak Elementary School in Shakopee. He lives with his wife Claudia Hampston Daly, in St. Paul.
Kevin FitzPatrick is the author of three books of poetry: "Down on the Corner," "Rush Hour," and, most recently, "Still Living in Town," published in June 2017 by Midwest Villages & Voices. "Greatest Hits," a chapbook of his poems, was published by Pudding House Publications. For many years Kevin FitzPatrick edited the Lake Street Review, a Minneapolis and Saint Paul literary magazine. About his poetry, Meridel LeSueur wrote, “He is a wonderful chronicler of the people’s journey.” His poetry has appeared in anthologies such as The Next Parish Over: A Collection of Irish-American Writing (New Rivers Press) and Ringing in the Wilderness: Selections from the North Country Anvil (Holy Cow! Press). His poetry has been heard on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and FitzPatrick has read his poetry in the Lowertown Reading Jam Series with Carol Connolly, Ethna McKiernan, and others. Videos of these readings, recorded by the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, are available online.