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Read & Response: Open Mic

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Join SubText Books on Thursday, February 21st 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: Elizbaeth Tannen, Jada Brown, Jess Kuhn, and Sagirah Shahid.

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:

Jada Brown is an earthy soul vocalist & spoken word poet based in Minneapolis. Rooted in soul, R&B and alternative sounds, she connects with her audience through the language of empathy. While their onstage presence is both genuine and captivating, she conveys a sensuality that is carried through smooth vocals. Their music and poetry is an invitation to their passion for creative resistance.

Jes C. Kuhn is the author of three volumes of poetry, 'Thigh Gap and the Vow of Poverty', 'American Sundays or pulling color from dead murals to paint living mirages' and 'The Penny Thief Sonnets'. His poetry and creative non-fiction has been published in Corridors and Two Hawks Quarterly among others. He is currently enrolled in Hamline University's MFA-Creative Writing Program. Kuhn lives, writes and teaches in Haunted, WI.

Sagirah Shahid is a Black Muslim poet and occasional prose writer by way of Minneapolis, MN. She is a recipient of a 2015 Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a winner of 2017 Minnesota Center For Book Arts mentorship award, and was a participant in a 2018 Twin Cities Media Alliances’ “Our Space is Spoken For” Fellowship. Sagirah’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Mizna, Paper Darts, Juked, Bird’s Thumb, AtlanticRock, Blue Minaret, and elsewhere.


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