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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015: Michael Kiesow Moore and Morgan Grayce Willow present “ArtTransForms” at the Lowertown Reading Jam


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?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Emmanuel Ortiz presents "Farmworkers and Food Justice" at the Lowertown Reading Jam


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.