READING BY WRITERS Tuesday Jan. 20 730pm Univ Club St Paul

Saint Paul Almanac presents Saint Paul Poet Laureate CAROL CONNOLLY

hosting READING BY WRITERSat the historic University Club Saint Paul, 420 Summit Avenue. www.universityclubofstpaul.com5:00 dinner; reservations necessary.

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

Reading is open to the public.

Funds raised at the event support Saint Paul Almanac, which celebrates and documents the city’s history and diversity; its creative forces; its residents’ memories and current experiences; and the ever-changing urban landscape.

Carol Connolly has hosted this event for over fifteen years. The series has supported writers and readers by showcasing emerging and established artists.

The first reading of 2015 highlights artists performing for the first time at a Reading by Writers event.

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m., our featured readers are:

Erica Christ / Writer/Playwright/Storyteller
In addition to managing the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis, Erica has used this unique venue to house her Cheap Theater series, which has drawn large crowds and rave reviews for years. Many people recognize her as one of the state’s premier storytellers, however, she has also written a German Christmas cookie cookbook and has probably planned more asparagus festivals than anyone in America.

Paula Cisewski / Poet/Teacher/Collaborator

Paula is the author of Ghost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and three chapbooks of poetry. Co-host of the Maeve’s Sessions Reading Series and co-concoctor of JoyFace Poetry & Art happenings, Paula has received fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation, and she was the 2014 Banfill-Locke writer-in-residence.

Karlyn Coleman / Writer/Poet

Karlyn was recently awarded a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant. Her stories have been published in Paper Darts, McSweeney’s, Canvas, and Revolver. Her story “Ice Roads” was awarded first place in fiction at Crab Orchard Review. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, two boys, and a dog named Happy.

Sierra DeMulder / Poet

Sierra is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, a 2014 McKnight Fellowship recipient, and the author of two collections of poetry: The Bones Below and New Shoes on a Dead Horse (2010, 2012, Write Bloody Publishing). Sierra is the curriculum director of the Gustavus Adolphus College Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam, an annual summer writing camp

Jon Finley / Musician
While Jon studied guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee he developed a unique picking technique that has gained him notoriety and awards in international competitions. In addition to creating music Jon is an animal rights activist. During a recent trip to Sri Lanka he put together a video series to raise funds to help care for Sri Lanka’s stray dog population. Jon will be backed up by Mike Finley, known across Saint Paul as the capital city’s rebel poet. For decades Mike has created multimedia presentations of literature. During the 2014 winter holidays he performed with the New Standards at the State Theater and promoted his new book Victory through Song.

Paul Mattes / Poet
Paul is originally from Cleveland and has been published in Taylor and O’Neill’s Open Interpretation series. Although he reads at numerous venues across the metro, he has made Christopher Title’s Barbaric Yawp series his home. When Paul isn’t writing verse he enjoys memorizing Pi digits (he’s currently up to fifty) and spending time with his two children.

Cindy Tran / Poet
Cindy is the 2015 recipient of the Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship. She is originally from California and studied English Literature at UCLA. Cindy spent several years designing laboratories at top business schools. She has done civil engineering research at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and worked on debris flow research at the California Institute of Technology.

Artists will sell books and CDs at the event. Cash and checks are accepted and money for merchandise sold goes directly to the artists.