When Writing Meets Art, first of the 2020 series

 

The upcoming reading will feature seven authors to read aloud their works of memoir, fiction and poetry, including three Minnesota Book Award winners.   An exhibit of paintings by five visual artists also will be on display.

Date:   Sunday, January 19, 2020
Time:   Readings will begin at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception for the visual artists (approximately 3:30 pm)
Location: The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St N, Stillwater, MN
Donations:  A donation of $10 or more is suggested to benefit The Zephyr Theatre

Refreshments: Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar

Live Music:  Hovland Conservatory of Music will sponsor young pianist Kaden Coyle to play before and after the reading while guests socialize. Hovland Conservatory offers piano and violin instruction for all ages,  located at 200 Chestnut St E B100, Stillwater, MN, or on the web at hovlandconservatory.org.  Following Kaden’s music, guitarist and music teacher Matt Myatt will play.

This event will include an exhibit of paintings by Jeanne Kosfeld, as well as the closing reception of The Zephyr Gallery’s “Winter Gardens” exhibit of paintings by JoAnne Wahlstrom, Bob Lyksett, Kyle Te Poel and Deborah Healy.

To be considered as a presenting author in a future reading of When Writing Meets Art, please send a writing sample to Elissa Cottle at elissa.stillwaterzephyrtheatre@gmail.com

The following will present their work:

Wing Young Huie, the author of Chinese-Ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging

Wing Young Huie, the author of Chinese-Ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging

Wing Young Huie is the author of Chinese-Ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging, which won the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for memoir, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Wing also is a nationally celebrated photographer. His best-known works are “Lake Street USA” and the “University Avenue Project,” epic six-mile outdoor galleries reflecting the culture of these Twin Cities neighborhoods. He was named “Artist of the Year” in 2000 by the StarTribune, which called “Lake Street USA” a likely milestone in the history of photography and public art. Wing was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.


Sarah Stonich, the author of Laurentian Divide

Sarah Stonich, the author of Laurentian Divide

Sarah Stonich is the author of Laurentian Divide, which won the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for fiction, published by the University of Minnesota Press. Laurentian Divide is the second volume in her “Northern Trilogy,” preceded by the first novel in the trilogy, Vacationland. Also receiving much acclaim are two of her previous novels, These Granite Islands, by the U of M Press, and The Ice Chorus, by Little, Brown and Company. Sarah was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Fellowship. She lives in a re-purposed flour mill on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with musician Jon Ware.


Cori Doerrfeld, author and illustrator of The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld, author and illustrator of The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld is the author and illustrator of The Rabbit Listened, winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for children’s literature, published by Penguin Random House. Other published children’s books written and illustrated by Cori include: Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!; Wild Baby; Good Dog; Maggie and Wendel: Imagine Everything!; Matilda in the Middle; Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story; and Penny Loves Pink. She also has collaborated as the illustrator with numerous children’s book authors. Cori received a post baccalaureate from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.


Nancy Hedin is the author of the novels Bend and Stray

Nancy Hedin is the author of the novels Bend and Stray

Stray, a novel by Nancy Hedin

Stray, a novel by Nancy Hedin

Nancy Hedin is the author of the novels Bend by Anglerfish Press and Stray by NineStar Press. Stray is a sequel to Bend and also a stand-alone story. Bend was named Debut Novel of the Year by Golden Crown Literary Society and received honorable mention for GLBT Adult Novel of the Year by the Foreword Indies. Barnes and Noble named Bend one of 25 books to read for Pride Month. Besides writing, in respective stages of her life Nancy has been a pastor by day and bartender by night, and a mental health crisis worker by day and stand-up comic by night. She wants readers to know that every story she writes begins with her hearing voices. She and her spouse live in Arden Hills with their two daughters.


Alison Morse, author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, and The Price of Our Clothes

Alison Morse, author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, and The Price of Our Clothes

If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, by Alison Morse

If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, by Alison Morse

Alison Morse is the author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, a collection of short stories published by Red Bird Chapbooks, and The Price of Our Clothes poetry chapbook with artist Rachel Breen, hosted by the Perlman Teaching Museum in Northfield. Alison won a Tiferet Fiction Award for her short story “The Truth About ‘The Lead Plates at the Romm Press.’ “ She has collaborated with musicians, an architect and visual artists, including her founding and curating the TalkingImageConnection literary reading series for 10 years in Minneapolis. Alison also has created animated films, screened at the Walker Art Center and other national fine arts institutions and film festivals, and taught film and animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.


Elissa Cottle, author of poetry collection The Receiving Quilt

Elissa Cottle, author of poetry collection The Receiving Quilt

Elissa Cottle is the author of a poetry collection, The Receiving Quilt, forthcoming by Red Bird Chapbooks, and The Zephyr Theatre’s literary arts coordinator. Her poetry has been published in the Nodin Poetry Anthology and other literary journals. She is a professional editor and writer, and has been teaching “Creating a Writing Life” for 15 years, a private creative writing class for adults, currently based at ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater. Elissa is the founder and curator of this reading series, When Writing Meets Art, held in arts spaces in the Twin Cities Metro since 2011, and of the “Valley Muses” literary page in the local Gazette newspaper since 2015. She is the mother of two sons, a master of fine arts in writing from Hamline University, and lives in Stillwater.


Terry Faust, author, photographer and filmmaker

Terry Faust, author, photographer and filmmaker

Terry Faust, an author, photographer and filmmaker, will read a “speculative fiction” story he wrote in response to the painting “Shop Girl” in this event’s exhibit by visual artist Jeanne Kosfeld. He has published three novels: Eylsium Flyer, awarded The Loft’s Children’s Literature Prize (for ages 13 and older); Bearer of the Pearls, young adult urban fantasy by North Star Press; and Z is for Xenophobe, science fiction satire, by Sam’s Dot Publishing. His humorous short stories have been published by speculative fiction magazines. Terry is the assistant organizer of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Network, an inventor and folk engineer, and loves walking the West River Road flats of South Minneapolis searching for Urban Bigfoot. Terry lives in Minneapolis and is the father of two sons.


Jeanne Kosfeld, painter

Jeanne Kosfeld, painter

Where Does the Time Go, painted by Jeanne Kosfeld

Where Does the Time Go, painted by Jeanne Kosfeld

Jeanne Kosfeld will present an exhibit of her paintings entitled “Café Society” at the reading. Jeanne is a visual artist who works primarily with water-based media. Her portfolio also includes print design, board game creation and design, and public sculpture. She began her career as an illustrator and cartoonist and led the design department at the University of Alaska, where she was an adjunct faculty member. She was the creative director in the design department at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for 18 years. Jeanne has been honored with artist-in-residences in Arles, France; Mesa Verde, Colorado; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Pine Needles on the St. Croix, Minnesota; Maiden Rock, Wisconsin; Whiskeytown, California; and Juneau, Alaska. She also has participated in International Urban Sketchers Symposiums in Portugal and the Netherlands. Jeanne is the mother of one son, and lives with her husband in St. Paul.

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