On the 153rd anniversary of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States, the hanging of thirty-eight Dakota men in Mankato for their role in the U.S. Dakota War, contemporary Dakota writers speak to Presence.
To support and celebrate writers, the Saint Paul Almanac sponsors the Lowertown Reading Jam Series at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar in Lowertown. Each reading is curated by a different professional or emerging writer who invites other writers, established and emerging, to join them for a performance centered around a theme of the curator’s choosing. We intentionally expand the experience with a visual artist rendering the event on paper.
The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. Events take place at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street, 7:30-8:30 p.m., each with a featured curator. All ages are welcome, and there is no cover charge. The series is filmed by SPNN. Browse video here.
As we strive to make a better world, be it in our personal journeys or to make a more equitable society, art-making plays a crucial—even transformative—role. This reading will ask, How does art transform our lives? Can writing a poem or making a painting act as an agent of social change? Does the process of making art transform what we are given?
On the eve of the anniversary of the death of Cesar Chavez, one of the most iconic figures in the fight for farmworker justice in the United States, we honor the lives and work of farmworkers, and celebrate the struggle for workers’ rights and food justice. The poets featured each have an organic relationship to the issues, some of them being descendants of farmworkers, some doing food justice work. All of them use art to tell the stories and change the world.
The “blue wall” is the impervious police/military state that brings destruction and injustice. Recently, we have seen resistance to the violence of the blue wall in the United States through the Black Lives Matter movement springing forth in Ferguson, New York, Oakland, and other places across the country.