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Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Division Faculty Reading

On Friday, September 21, at 7 pm, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will host the Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Division Faculty Reading. This event will feature three authors Katie Rauk, Jasmin Ziegler, and Paige Riehl.

About the authors:

Katharine Rauk is the author of Buried Choirs (Tinderbox Editions, 2016) and the chapbook Basil (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). She has had poems published in DIAGRAM, Pleiades, Sixth Finch, Harvard Review, Best of the Net, and other literary journals. She teaches writing at Anoka Ramsey Community College and North Hennepin Community College.

Jasmin Ziegler graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She currently teaches at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. Her work appears in Whiskey Island, Dream Pop Press, Rogue Agent, Poetry City, USA, and is forthcoming in Midway Journal. She was selected as one of the 2017-2018 fellows for the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and their son.

Paige Riehl is the author of the full-length poetry collection Suspension (Terrapin Books, 2018) and the poetry chapbook Blood Ties (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications such as Artful Dodge, Crab Orchard Review, Water-Stone Review, Portland Review, and Meridian. She won the 2011 Literal Latte Prize for Poetry, the 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, and was a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the Poetry Editor for Midway Journal, a poetry mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and an English faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where she is Chair of the Two Rivers Reading Series.

Music from 6:30-7 PM.

Melissa Bergstrom Choir Director and Music History Instructor in the ARCC music department, received her M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota and her B.M. in voice performance from Augsburg College. She frequently performs throughout the metro area as conductor, soprano, flutist, pianist, organist, is a published author in both pedagogical and liturgical resources and her choral compositions have won several national competitions.

Sam Bergstrom  is on the music faculty at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN where he directs the Concert Band and Guitar Ensemble. He also teaches other courses in World Music, Music Education, and Rock History. Samuel received his B.M. in Music Education from Augsburg College and his M.A. in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas. A guitarist specializing in classical and jazz styles, Samuel also plays bass, brass and has served on the board of the Minnesota Band Directors Association and as the state chair for jazz education on the Minnesota Music Educators Association board. Samuel has served as a guest director, clinician, and guest artist at various schools throughout Minnesota and has had articles published by the National Association for Music Education (MENC).

Jason Vanselow, music faculty, is a Twin Cities based guitarist, pianist, and composer. He holds degrees from The University of St. Thomas, The Cleveland Institute of Music and The University of Minnesota where he recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in the field of guitar performance. He has studied with some of the world’s eminent guitarists such as Christopher Kachian, John Holmquist, and Jeff Van, as well as Sharon Isbin, and David Russell. As a performer, Jason has performed throughout the country performing as part of festivals featuring the music of William Bolcom and Loris Chobanian and has performed his own transcriptions of works by Bach and Frank Zappa. As a composer, Jason has had works performed by the Saint Paul Vocal forum and has had various liturgical works performed throughout the Twin Cities metro area.