Join SubText Books on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Norita Dittberner-Jax, Sharon Chmielarz, and Margot Galt. Dittberner-Jax will read from her new collection "Crossing the Waters," Sharon Chmielarz will read from her new collection "little eternities," and Margot Galt will read from her new work "The Heart Beat of Wings." Book signing to follow!
Norita Dittberner-Jax was born and raised in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul, the sixth of seven children. She was educated in parochial schools and graduated from the (then) College of Saint Catherine. After her first marriage and the birth of three children, she began to write poetry, just as the Twin Cities area was becoming a center for creative writing with the emergence of the Loft. She taught English in the public schools of Saint Paul, and creative writing for the Writers-in- the Schools Program and at the Perpich Center for the Arts. Her second marriage to Eugene Jax brought international travel and a great interest in art. In retirement from teaching, she returned to academic life, earning an MFA in poetry from Hamline University. Norita is one of the poetry editors for Red Bird Chapbooks. "Crossing The Waters" is her fifth collection of poems.
"little eternities" is Sharon Chmielarz’s eleventh book of poetry. Kirkus Reviews named her recent volume, The Widow’s House, one of the one hundred best books of 2016. The Other Mozart, her verse biography of Nannerl Mozart, served as a libretto for an opera. Chmielarz’s favorite subjects include family, landscape, and history. Chmielarz was born and raised in Mobridge, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in German, French, English, and education. On campus, she had a close encounter with poetry and fell in love with it. From then on, she took as many writing courses as she could while continuing her work as a public school teacher.
Growing up a Yankee in Charleston, South Carolina, Margot Galt moved slowly north and west to settle in Minneapolis/St. Paul, not far from her mother’s North Dakota hometown. On her father's side, his Italian heritage has exerted a powerful tug at her. Language and place inhabit everything she's published—from two books of poetry, a chapbook The Country’s Way with Rain (Kutenai Press) and a full-length collection, Between the Houses (Laurel Poetry Collective)—to five books of nonfiction.