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Jim Bohen, Sharon Chmielarz, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Joyce Sutphen

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Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of Jim Bohen’s collection, “I Travel in Rusting Burned-Out Sedans.” Bohen will be joined by poets Sharon Chmielarz, Norita Dittberner-Jax, and Joyce Sutphen.

About Jim Bohen:
Jim Bohen is a poet/songwriter from St. Paul, MN. His work has appeared in the Minnesota Daily, Red Paint Hill, Conclave, Third Wednesday and elsewhere. He’s been short-listed twice for the erbacce prize (an international competition) and was a finalist for The Loft Literary Center Mentor Series. His collection of poems, entitled “I travel in rusting burned-out sedans” (Unsolicited Press, 2018), is his first book. His music CD, “Never Too Late,” contains 12 of the hundreds of songs he’s written (samples can be heard at iTunes and cdbaby; search for “J B and the Phantom Band”).

About Sharon Chmielarz:
Sharon Chmielarz’s latest, eleventh, book of poetry is Little Eternities, Sept. 2017, a finalist for the Independent Book Publishers Award. Her The Widow’s House is listed in Kirkus Review’s 100 Best Books of 2016. She has poems forthcoming or currently appearing in The Hudson Review, Burningword, and The American Journal of Poetry.  She lives in a NW suburb of Minneapolis where she can still get glimpses of the prairie where she was born and raised.

About Norita Dittberner-Jax:
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. 

About Joyce Sutphen:
Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minnesota. Her first collection of poems, Straight Out of View, won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; Coming Back to the Body was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and Naming the Stars won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published Fourteen Sonnets in a letterpress edition. She is one of the co-editors of To Sing Along the Way, an award winning anthology of Minnesota women poets. Her fourth collection, First Words, was published in 2010; in 2012, House of Possibility, a letter press edition of poems, was published by Accordion Press, followed by After Words, which was published in 2013, and Modern Love & Other Myths (2015), which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her latest collection, The Green House, was published by Salmon Press (Ireland) in 2017. She is the second Minnesota Poet Laureate, succeeding Robert Bly, and she is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Creative Writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Earlier Event: November 24
Small Business Saturday at SubText Books
Later Event: December 1
Jacek Dehnel for "Lala"

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