Join SubText Books on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Norita Dittberner-Jax, Sharon Chmielarz, Margot Galt, and Mary Jo Thompson. Dittberner-Jax will read from her new collection "Crossing the Waters," Sharon Chmielarz will read from her new collection "little eternities," Margot Galt will read from her new work "The Heart Beat of Wings," and Mary Jo Thompson will read from "Stunt Heart." 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.
Mary Jo Thompson is the author of Stunt Heart, published by The Backwaters Press in 2017, and selected for the 2016 Backwaters Poetry Prize by Henri Cole. Her poetry is anthologized in The Best American Poetry, 2011 and Another and Another from Bull City Press, and has appeared in literary journals including North American Review, The Missouri Review Online, Beloit Poetry Journal, Field, Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat, Rhino, Indiana Review, Spillway, The WaterStone Review, and Carolina Quarterly, among others. With support from the Jerome Foundation, she has collaborated with textile artist Mary Hark to create a public poetry installation at the Open Book, a literary center in Minneapolis. Ms. Thompson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a Master of Education degree from Antioch University. She teaches arts education to teachers, teaching artists, and arts organization managers at two universities and coaches teachers at Minnesota’s state arts high school. She lives in Minneapolis on an island in the Mississippi River.