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Read and Response: Open mic and salon

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Join SubText Books on Wednesday, June 6th 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: Anthony Ceballos, Roy G. Guzmán, Halee Kirkwood, Marcelle Richards, and Chavonn Williams Shen

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 the featured readers:

Anthony Ceballos is a swell of ink looking for the perfect journal. He received his BFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. In 2014 he won Hamline’s George Henry Bridgeman Poetry Award. In 2016 he was selected to be a Loft Literary Center Mentor Series mentee. His poetry has been featured in Yellow Medicine Review. He lives, breathes, reads and writes all over the Twin Cities. He can be found working at Birchbark Books and Native Art.

Roy G. Guzmán was born in Honduras and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Roy is a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. Roy’s debut collection will be published by Graywolf Press in 2020.

Halee Kirkwood is a queer writer and a direct descendant of the Fond du Lac Tribe of Lake Superior Ojibwe approaching thesis in the MFA program at Hamline University. Kirkwood has poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction published or forthcoming in Cream City Review, Midwestern Gothic, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Strange Horizons, Eastern Iowa Review, Poetry City, USA and Dawn, With Arms Full Of Roses: An Anthology of Queer Joy. Kirkwood has also written for the online radical self-love magazine The Body Is Not An Apology and served on the editorial board of Aqueous, a Lake Superior region literature, visual, and performing arts quarterly publication. They enjoy roller skating, ice skating, and cooking for friends.

Marcelle Richards is a writer and multidisciplinary artist who finds inspiration from nature, travel, and Spirit. They experiment with trance and ritual as generative tools in their creative process. Marcelle moved to Minneapolis in Nov. 2017 after living in Madison, Wisconsin and California.

Chavonn Williams Shen is a Minneapolis native and an educator with a love of words. She was a first place winner for the 2017 Still I Rise grant for African American women hosted by Alternating Current Press and a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. She was also a winner of the 2016-2017 Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose through the Loft Literary Center as well as a 2016 fellow through the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. She co-taught a class at the Loft titled, “Reclaiming Language Through Form: A Poet’s Guide,” focused on providing poetry by people of color using poetic form as an act of resistance. Outside of the classroom, she was a program coordinator for the Minneapolis Park and Rec's citywide poetry and spoken word program, Spoken Summer. Writing has shown Chavonn to use art to explore new worlds, build communities, and advocate for the marginalized. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in creative writing at Hamline University.


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