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July Reading Series

On Friday, July 13 at 7:30 pm you are invited to join Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts to hear local authors Carolyn Holbrook, Diane Wilson, and Joan Maeda Trygg read selections from their writings. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2015, Carolyn Holbrook founded More Than a Single Story, a series of panel discussions/public conversations where IPOC writers discuss issues of importance to them in their own voices and in their own words. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota (MNHS Press) and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MNHS Press). Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 and 2015. In 2016, she was named one of 50 of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders in Minnesota over the age of 50 by AARP and Pollen Midwest.

Diane Wilson is enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation and published two books: a memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, that won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her 2011 nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her work was recently featured in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth. She has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation and the Jerome Foundation. Wilson is the Executive Director for the Dream of Wild Health.

Joan Maeda Trygg is a sansei creative nonfiction writer living in St. Paul. Her essays have appeared in Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, and the 2017 St. Paul Almanac. She participated in the 2017 Loft Mentor series and the 2013 Beyond the Pure Grant from Intermedia Arts.

The 2018 Reading Series was curated by Janna Knittel.

The Reading Series is funded in partnership with the Anoka County Library.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage fund.
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