The next reading in the series will be:
Date: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Place: The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N. in Stillwater
Suggested donation: $10 to benefit the Theatre
Refreshments: Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar
Hear 7 authors of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry:
Minnesota Book Award winners
Shannon Gibney and Susan Barlett Foote
as well as Beth Mayer, Don Jones, Robin Cain,
Jim Swanson, and Paula Foremen
Shannon Gibney is the author of Dream Country, winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for young adult literature, published by Penguin Random House. Shannon is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color, a young adult novel that won a 2016 Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minneapolis and is faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, teaching critical and creative writing, journalism, and African diasporic topics. In 2019, University of Minnesota Press will release What God is Honored Here? Writings by Indigenous Women and Women of Color on Miscarriage and Infant Loss, which she co-edited with Kao Kalia Yang.
Susan Bartlett Foote is the author of The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954, winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota nonfiction, published by University of Minnesota Press. Susan lives in St. Paul and is a writer, historian, lawyer and professor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She is widely published in her field of health and technology policy and is the author of Managing the Medical Arms Race: Innovation and Public Policy in the Medical Device Industry.
Beth Mayer is the author of We Will Tell You Otherwise, a short story collection published by Black Lawrence Press, winning its 2017 Hudson Prize. Her chapbook of fiction, Niagara Falls, was published by Red Bird Chapbooks. Beth’s fiction also has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. She was a Loft Mentor Series Winner in fiction, and is a master of fine arts in writing, conferred by Hamline University. She teaches English at Century College, and lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with her family and impossibly faithful dog.
Don Jones is the author of the memoir Six Days: Hitching & Hopping Across the American West. His nonfiction work includes co-authoring curriculum on new drug education programs in public schools; contributing to Hazelden and employer publications on addiction treatment; and writing on legal and drug issues in the University of Santa Clara Law Review. Don worked for Ramsey County’s Department of Human Services for 23 years prior to retirement. He is working on his second memoir, Eighteen Days: Racing Across The North Atlantic, and is interested in helping other seniors write their memoirs. He is a sailor and local historian, and lives with his wife, Millie, in St. Mary’s Point, Minnesota.
Emerging writers & students of “Creating a Writing Life” class:
Robin Cain is a writer, visual artist, singer/songwriter and piano teacher. She is also a volunteer worship leader at Stillwater’s Trinity Lutheran Church. As a writing student this summer she discovered the joy of composing stories, poetry, essays and articles, and hopes to write a novel and memoir. She and her husband Phil Kadidlo have four sons and live in Stillwater.
Jim Swanson is excited to return to writing and finding a creative outlet for the story teller residing inside. He lives in Oak Park Heights with his wife Ann. They are co-owners of Valley Art Group, representing unique, artistic products to gift shops around the Midwest.
Paula Foreman is a writer and founder of Encore Farm, so named because she started farming in midlife. She lives in St. Paul with her husband Jim, and her farm is on land just outside Stillwater. Encore Farm grows heirloom dry beans, corn and other small grains, mostly done with modern hand tools.
“When Writing Meets Art” literary readings are held three times a year on the third Sundays, at 2 p.m., in January, May and September at The Zephyr Theatre. To be considered as a future reader, send a sample of creative writing to email@example.com.