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Diane Jarvenpa and Lynette Reini-Grandell

Join SubText Books in the store on Thursday, December 6th at 7pm-8pm for a reading with Diane Jarvenpa for her new collection, “The Way She Told Her Story,” and Lynette Reini-Grandell for “Wild Verge.” Book signing to follow!

About “The Way She Told Her Story”
Every poem in Diane Jarvenpa’s new collection, The Way She Told Her Story, has about it a molten righteousness, a breathtaking beauty. Based on the voices and histories of Finnish women immigrants and their descendants, these works ‘sing their spells’ of grit and birch trees, love and loneliness, ‘itchy oils’ and friendship.

About “Wild Verge”
The poems in Reini-Grandell's second collection time travel her world, taking us on wild, unpredictable journeys to her childhood, into the minds of bears, horses and reindeer, seeing her marriage from her partner's viewpoint, with visitations to the Witch Tree, and her Finnish ancestors. All in all, a celebration of the writer's daunting ability to recreate the universe on her own terms.

About Diane Jarvenpa:
Diane Jarvenpa is the author of “Divining the Landscape”  (New Rivers Press), “Ancient Wonders,” “the Modern World” and “swift, bright, drift” (Red Dragonfly Press), and “The Tender Wild Things” (New Rivers Press) which received the Midwest Independent Publishers Association book award in poetry. She has received artist initiative and fellowship grants in writing and music from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is a teaching artist with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project-MN. She is also a singer-songwriter who records under the name Diane Jarvi.

About Lynette Reini-Grandell:
Lynette Reini-Grandell is also the author of “Approaching the Gate” (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is part of a permanent art installation at the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan. She has received grants from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board and holds an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota. A two-time president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, she teaches at Normandale Community College. She lives in Minneapolis, where she reads regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company, performs with the jazz/poetry collective Sonoglyph, and is married to the transgender performance artist/musician, Venus de Mars. More information is available on her website,

Later Event: December 13
Barb Geiger and Jim Landwehr

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