For the past several weeks I’ve had the pleaseure of watching nine talented people take the ideas of memory and performance and make then their own. What do these folks have in common? They were all willing to take a chance and participate in Memory Matters, the workshop/experiment Zaraawar Mistry of Dreamland Arts and I schemed up to to explore ways of sharing creative work we care about enough to know it by heart, to carry it around in our bodies.

Workshop particpants will be sharing their work on Monday October 21 at Dreamland. It’s free, but register if you want to be sure of having a seat and experiencing the energy and range of their performances.

For more information check out the Dreamland Arts evnt listing.

Thanks to the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for helping to make this event possible.

Mark your calendar… poets Ed Bok Lee and Sharon Chmielarz are going to give their take on the intersections of poetry amd memory. Through their poetry and dialog, they’ll look at what it means to know something by heart. Hear poems presented from the heart and join in a conversation about poetry and the things we value enough to remember.

Details:

Date: Monday, September 16, 2013, 7 pm
Performed by: Ed Bok Lee and Sharon Chmielarz
Host/Curator: Naomi Cohn
Location: Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul.
Web: http://www.thefriends.org/ai1ec_event/known-by-heart-poetry-performance/?instance_id=

Artist bios:

Ed Bok Lee is the author of Whorled, winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and a Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and Real Karaoke People, winner of a 2006 PEN/Open Book Award.

Sharon Chmielarz’s eighth book of poetry is Love from the Yellowstone Trail. Her work has been a finalist in the National Poetry Series, and in ‘99, ‘01, ‘02, ’05, ’07, ’10 and ‘11 nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It’s been featured on American Life in Poetry (‘07) and individual poems translated into French and Polish. She’s had poems published in magazines like The Notre Dame Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Hudson Review, The North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Commonweal, Salmagundi, Margie, The Seneca Review, Louisiana Literature, Ontario Review, CutBank. She’s the recipient of the 2012 Jane Kenyon Award from Water~Stone Review

Naomi Cohn’s poetry has been recognized by grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, VSA Minnesota, and numerous residencies. Her writing has appeared in Water~Stone, Fourth River, and Star Tribune, among other places. Red Dragonfly Press is publishing her chapbook, Nectar and Eternity, in 2013. She developed Known by Heart as part of a larger project on memory and forgetting.

Kevin Walker's sidewalk poem

Kevin Walker’s sidewalk poem

Here’s a chance for your words to be remembered underfoot. March 15 is the deadline for submitting your short poem to Saint Paul’s Sidewalk Poetry project. Since 2008, Marcus Young and his colleagues at Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul have been creating an evolving book of poems under our feet, with our sidewalks as the pages. If you live in Saint Paul, you can be part of it.

Click here for guidelines

http://www.publicartstpaul.com/sidewalks/

Good luck…

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