Lowertown Reading Jam 2014-2015: "Dakota Writers Speak to Presence: Honoring the 38+2"


On the 152nd 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. We speak several generations after the U.S. Dakota War and the United States government’s expulsion of Dakota from Minnesota. We speak, even as we are often erased or misrepresented in mainstream media and culture. We are here. Please join us as we reflect, remember, and share.

Lowertown Reading Jam 2014-2015: "The Crooked Rib?!"


Wednesday, November 26, Nimo Farah presents “The Crooked Rib?!” at the Lowertown Reading Jam!
The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the premier performance in its 2014–2015 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota's capital city and the widely popular genre of spoken word.

November 13th, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - with Lisa Brimmer

brimmer headshot

Nov. 13th - Lisa Brimmer is a poet and playwright residing in Minneapolis, MN. In 2009, she attended the Juniper Summer Writers Institute week long workshop with Dara Weir. Brimmer was a fellow through the Given’s Foundation of African American Literature in 2009 and worked with Ishmael Reed, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Laurie Carlos.

October 30th, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - Rap Verses


Soul Sounds Open Mic it's "Rap Verses." On Thursday, October 30 we celebrate the emcees! SSOM host Tish Jones says, "Bring your hottest 16bars, a full length song and a Hip Hop spirit. It's all about the cypher!" Catch up with the crew at Golden Thyme Coffee Shop at 821 Selby Avenue (at Milton). They start at 6 p.m., as usual.

October 23rd, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - Ferguson October

Wikipedia photo. Protesters gather outside the Ferguson Police Department

Share a night of poems in response to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the activist work that is currently taking place. This is a space for poems about Mike Brown, Terrance Franklin, Ferguson, Police Brutality, new found consciousness, confusion, anger, hurt, loss, change, hope, and everything in between. The work that is taking place in Ferguson effects everyone in the United States, knowingly or unknowingly. This is an opportunity to add your voice to the conversation.

October 16th, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - with MC Longshot


One of the hardest working and most underrated emcees in the business, MC Longshot is a well seasoned and professional hip hop artist from Chicago, Illinois. Aside from his undeniable talent and high quality music, Longshot propels his own life experience through his lyrics to inspire and motivate others.