The January Reading Series will be held on Friday, January 9 at 7:30 pm and will feature the authors Lisa Brimmer and Paula Cisewski.
Lisa Marie Brimmer is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and writer living in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently their work has been published in anthologies: Whisked: Cooking up Community, Fierce Lament, and A Garden of Black Joy. They are a co-editor of the forthcoming Queer Voices of Minnesota: Poetry, Prose, and Pride. They have presented at Split This Rock! in DC, The Center for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas in Graz, Austria, and in Oakland for the Alliance for Study of Adoption and Culture in Oakland, CA in 2018. This fall they directed a Midwestern premiere of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko’s WAAFRIKA 123 with 20% Theater.
Paula Cisewski’s fourth poetry collection, Quitter, won the Diode Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of The Threatened Everything (Burnside Review Books), Ghost Fargo (Nightboat Poetry Prize winner, selected by Franz Wright), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and several chapbooks, including the lyric prose Misplaced Sinister. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Oberholtzer Foundation, and the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Cisewski lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches, collaborates with fellow artists and activists, and serves on the editorial staff of Conduit.
The 2019 Reading Series was curated by Michael Kleber-Diggs.
The Reading Series is made possible in partnership with the Anoka County Library.