Join us on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 PM in the store for a very special open mic and reading! The first 20 minutes will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings by our featured artists: Anthony Ceballos, McKinley Ciepielinski, Kenny Ngo, Michael Torres, and Sasha Suarez.
Any and all are welcome to read their work, or sit back and listen to wonderful local talent (don't worry, you won't be forced to participate). There will be time after the reading for audience members to give feedback to the authors as well. For those interested in participating in the open mic section, there will be a signup sheet at the event.
About the featured authors:
Anthony Ceballos received his BFA from the Creative Writing program at Hamline University in 2015. He has been a guest on KFAI’s Write on Radio and Fresh Fruit radio programs and has read for Intermedia Arts Queer Voices Reading Series, Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Night of Native American Music and Poetry, The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People gallery show at Two Rivers Art Gallery, and the Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt reading series at the Five Watt coffee shop in Minneapolis. In 2014 he won the George Henry Bridgeman Poetry Award from Hamline University. In 2016 he was selected to be a Loft Mentor Series mentee. His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry.
McKinley Ciepielinski is an aspiring author and poet in his last year of undergrad who writes on the subjects of race, pain, and love. He wants to ultimately be a teacher giving youth the tools to form their own voices; right now he's focusing on his own.
Kenny Ngo is a queer Vietnamese-American writer and performer. He represented Hamline at CUPSI (College Union Poetry Slam Invitationals), and at the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read. Being the youngest son of immigrant parents, he first picked up a pen at age one and started writing by age three. As a writer, he blends together the essay and poetry in works that deal with love, emotional honesty, and the human body. He is trying to get his apartment together while gathering all of the books he can.
Sasha Maria Suarez (White Earth Ojibwe) is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She has performed academically and creatively at events such as the American Studies Association annual conference in Denver and the Whole at the University of Minnesota.
Michael Torres is a Mexican-American poet and essayist, born and brought up in Pomona,
California where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His work has appeared or is
forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Green Mountains Review and Juked, among others. He has
received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. Torres is a
VONA alum, a 2016-17 winner of the Loft Mentor Series, and was the 2017 CantoMundo Distinguished Fellow for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Currently, he teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.