Join us on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 PM in the store for the next installment of Read & Response! The first half of the evening will be open for anyone to share their work, followed by readings from the featured artists: Trisha Collopy, Jasper Rubin Hardin, and Venus de Mars.
Any and 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.
Jasper Hardin is a poet of many identities who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has performed at multiple local events including Patrick Cabaret Taboo Tongues. Jasper has a self-published chapbook entitled I Could Be A Galaxy. He will be competing in the regional poetry competition Rusbelt in June. Jasper uses poetry as a vehicle for conversations that he feels are important. He’s glad that you’re here to listen.
Trisha Collopy's journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, the Star Tribune, and many other publications. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Blithe House Quarterly, rps and the anthology Queer and Celtic. She has worked with young writers through the Intermedia Arts Wings program, The Lab in the St. Paul Public Schools and 360 Journalism. She was a 2016-17 Loft Mentor Series participant and has an MFA from Hamline University.
Venus de Mars is the iconic front person and founding member of the long-standing Minneapolis glam-punk/trans- band: Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses. A band which Venus formed in the early 90's, and fronted through turbulent dark days when identifying as trans meant being classified as having a mental perversion, living as an outcast, and moving through a world universally accepting of trans-phobic violence and discrimination. Venus, her wife Lynette Reini-Grandell, and the band are the subjects of the award-winning 2006 trans rock-doc Venus of Mars by filmmaker Emily Goldberg. Venus is currently in the process of writing a memoir.