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Read and Response: Open Mic + Featured Readers

Join SubText Books on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 PM in the store for the next installment of Read and Response! The first half of the evening will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings from the featured artists: Derek Liebertz, Thet-Htar Thet, Gen Del Raye, Sasha Suarez, and Paul Van Dyke. 

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 Derek Liebertz:
Without poetry, Derek Liebertz would probably still be in Oregon. He wooed his eventual wife by relentlessly writing her poems until she caved and let him visit. So far she has not come to regret the decision.From 2008-2016, he curated a traveling photography & poetry exhibition called 'Image and the Word'. He is a former president of the Southern Minnesota Poets Society and a current board member for Twin Rivers Council for the Arts in Mankato.

About Thet-Htar Thet:
Thet-Htar Thet (she/her) is originally from Yangon, Myanmar and moved to Minnesota five years ago to attend Carleton College. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Political Science/International Relations and Education and has published a book titled "The Cogs in this Machine - The Politics of Teacher-Education in Myanmar". New to the writing scene, Thet-Htar has used her experiences and identity to write in and explore the creative non-fiction genre. She was a finalist in the Creative Non-Fiction for the Loft Mentor Series and currently sits as one of the community editors for the St Paul Almanac. She is on the Board/Leadership Team of LOCUS, an organization who aims to provide space, connection, and opportunities for authentic community building, identity-driven leadership, and resource sharing – by and for people of color and indigenous peoples. She is currently a College Possible Access Coach and a vested interest in education and cheese curds.

About Gen Del Raye:
Gen Del Raye was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis, MN. He is the winner of the 2018 Force Majeure Flash Contest, and his work can be found in The Best Small Fictions 2017, among other places.

About Sasha Suarez: 
Sasha Suarez is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has taught and continues to work through Indigenous Studies, while also working on public history projects at places like The Katherine Nash gallery and the Minnesota History Center. Her academic work has been featured in Pacific Northwest Quarterly and will be included in an upcoming edited volume tentatively titled Indian Cities: Histories of Indigenous Urbanism. When she's not working on finishing her dissertation or curating exhibitions she can be found at Birchbark Books where she works as a bookseller. 

About Paul Van Dyke:
Paul Van Dyke is a Twin Cities based writer whose work has appeared in Water-Stone Review, Revolver, and many other journals. His chapbook of short nonfiction "A Thousand Sunsets" is available through Red Bird Chapbooks. He is a host of Write On Radio on KFAI FM, and a BFA Student at Hamline University.

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