July 11 Reading Series: Max Ross and Katrina Vandenberg

Banfill-Locke 2014 Dirty Hands Reading Series: writing that gets under your fingernails. On Friday, July 11 at 7:30 pm the community is invited to visit Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts to hear from Max Ross and Katrina Vandenberg, two local writers, as part of this year’s Reading Series.

The Dirty Hands reading series features writers whose work addresses the world with immediacy and sharp edges. Discover new voices as well as new writing from familiar writersand new ways of reading and presenting poetry, prose, and ideas. These will be interactive events; series curator Becca Barniskis invites audience response and facilitates a lively exchange between writers and readers. All events are free and open to the public.

Max Ross’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner,” and American Short Fiction. He currently serves as a writing instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Katrina Vandenberg is the author of two books of poems, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World and Atlas, and co-author of the chapbook On Marriage. Her essays and poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, The Southern Review, Orion, The Iowa Review, The Sun, Post Road, and other journals. She is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award, a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing to the Netherlands, and residencies from the Amy Clampitt Fund, the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University, where she also serves as poetry editor for Water~Stone Review.

The Dirty Hands reading series curator Becca Barniskis writes and teaches poetry.  Her new chapbook, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket (Anomalous Press) also appears in an audio music version and is available digitally and as a vinyl LP. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals, among them Handsome, The Boiler, Mid-American Review, Conduit, and Prairie Schooner.