POETRY READING 2014 April 15 BLY, SMITH, MANFRED, JENKINS

On Tuesday April 15, 2014 Public Art St Paul Presents

CAROL CONNOLLY hosts READING BY WRITERS

at the historic University Club Saint Paul, 420 Summit Avenue

www.universityclubofstpaul.com 651-222-1751

MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS are invited for

5:00 Dinner – optional – on your own. Reservations necessary.

Bar is open before, during and after the 7:30 reading.

7:00 P.M. Prelude music by violinist Mary Scallen and flutist Jim Miller.

On Tuesday April 15, 2014, 7:30, our featured readers are:

ROBERT BLY is rightly said to be the most significant American poet of our time. Early on, he launched the influential magazines THE FIFTIES; THE SIXTIES; THE SEVENTIES, and in his long and remarkable career, authored more than forty volumes of poems. Poet James Lenfestey says of Bly, “…poet, critic, social transformer, teacher, editor and translator, Bly has been invited to perform, read, recite and speak all over the world…. always drawing vast crowds.” Poet Lewis Hyde says of Bly’s antiwar poetry, which engaged only in mental combat, “I deeply believe that there are men and women my age who are alive today…” because of Robert Bly’s work in the sixties.”

THOMAS R. SMITH is the author of six books of poems, most recently THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW and WAKING BEFORE DAWN, both from Red Dragonfly Press. He is editor ofAIRMAIL: THE LETTERS OF ROBERT BLY and TOMAS TRANSTROMER, Graywolf Press. Smith’s poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s public radio program THE WRITER’S ALMANAC and in Ted Kooser’s AMERICAN LIFE IN POETRY newspaper column. Smith lives in River Falls, Wisconsin, and teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He posts poems and blogs at www.thomasrsmithpoet.com.

FREYA MANDRED, poet, whose 6th book of poetry, SWIMMING WITH A HUNDRED YEAR OLD SNAPPING TURTLE, Red Dragonfly Press, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. THE BLUE DRESS, is her latest chapbook. A longtime Midwesterner who has also lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews/magazines and over 40 anthologies. Her memoir, FREDERICK MANFRED, A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award. Robert Bly says, “What I like in her poems is that they are not floating around in the air or the intellect. The body takes them in. They are brave…” Novelist Philip Roth says, “Freya Manfred always startles me by how close she gets to everything she sees. That’s her tough luck, but it makes her a wonderful poet.” Freya lives in Stillwater with screenwriter Thomas Pope. Their sons, artists Nicholas Bly Pope and Ethan Rowan Pope, have illustrated some of her poetry.

LOUIS JENKINS most recent book is TIN FLAG: NEW AND SELECTED PROSE POEMS,: from Will o’ the Wisp books, 2013. Recently, he and MARK RYLANCE, actor and former director of the Globe Theatre, London, co-wrote a stage production titled NICE FISH, based on Mr. Jenkins poems. The play premiered April 6, 2013 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and ran through May 18, 2013.

Readings last only one hour. Readers will have books to sell and sign at our well managed book sales table.

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