3412 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 242-2801 (cell)
1992 Ph.D. in English language and literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Additional coursework in developmental reading 1993-1994
Additional coursework in ESL instruction 2008-2009
Finnish Language Adult Week, Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, MN in 2012, 2013
"The Modern Sound: American Poetry and the Rise of the Recording Industry, 1920-1940"
1990 M.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Major emphasis: American literature
1982 B.A., cum laude, Carleton College, Northfield, MN. Major: English literature
Grants and Awards:
2013 Finlandia Foundation grant
2013 Pushcart Nomination for “Radio Girls”
2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant
2009 Intermedia Arts Writer to Writer mentorship (poetry)
2003 Ache/SASE fiction contest winner
2002 SASE poetry contest honorable mention
1990 Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Special Grant to Sound Recording Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
2014 Approaching the Gate poetry collection, Holy Cow! Press (forthcoming).
2014 “To Change the World,” Prøof Magazine, volume 1, issue 3.
2014 “For Olli Kiukkonen, Finnish Immigrant, Lynched in Duluth, Minnesota in 1918 Because He Did Not Enlist” and “Mary Dreams of the Finnish Tango, 1920,” in an anthology of poems about Finland written in English edited by David Wilson, University of Jyväskylä Press (forthcoming).
2013 “Through the Ice,” Revolver, fall 2013.
2013 “Approaching the Gate” and “Horses in Winter, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, issue 15, Fall 2013.
2013 “The Naturalist,” The Centrifugal Eye, autumn 2013.
2013 “In Memory of Tennessee Williams, Who Died in 1983 after Choking on the Plastic Cap of a Pill Bottle,” Poetry City, USA 3.
2013 “Fix My Shoes,” Great Weather for Media.
2013 “Ohio River,” “The Dandelion-Gatherer,” and “The Thing about the Ocean,” The River Muse, March 2013
2012 “Radio Girls,” Great Weather for Media, Fall 2012.
2012 “The Thoroughbred’s Black Knees,” Poetry City, USA 2.
2010 “This Horse’s Ears.” MNLit “What Light Poetry Project,” MNArtists.org (Jan. 12, 2010).
2003 “Roadkill.” Ache Magazine. (March 2003).
2000 “The Art of the Interview.” A View from the Loft 22.7 (February 2000): 7.
2000 “Poetry, Memoir, and the Solace of Art.” (Interview with Mark Doty). A View from the Loft 22.7 (February 2000): 6+.
2000 “On Literacy.” Minnesota English Journal 30.1 (Winter 1999-2000): 26-28.
1998 “Of What Use Is Literature?” Minnesota English Journal 29.1 (Fall 1998): 5-11.
1996 “Dearly Beloved.” Evergreen Chronicles 11 (Fall 1996): 58-67 (with Steven Grandell).
1992 "Langston Hughes' Invocation of Blues and Jazz Under the Double-Edged Sword of Primitivism, West Virginia University Philological Papers, 38: 113-23.
2014 “Waking the Bear: Finnish and Nordic Incantations for a New Season” performance at Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis; readings at the University Club of St. Paul; AWP in Seattle; monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company, Minneapolis
2013 Readings at the Ritz Theater, Minneapolis; Austin, MN; Prøve Gallery, Duluth, MN; monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company at Dusty’s, Minneapolis
2012 Readings in Duluth (“Ancestor Memory” at Teatro Zuccone), Austin, MN (Paramount Theater), monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company at Dusty’s, Minneapolis
2011 Readings in Bisbee, AZ, Maeve’s (Minneapolis), Austin, MN; monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company at Dusty’s, Minneapolis
2010 Readings in Bisbee, AZ; Minneapolis coffee shops and music venues; Austin, MN; monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company at Dusty’s, Minneapolis
2009 Readings in Minneapolis coffee shops, Intermedia Arts, music venues; Austin, MN; monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company at Dusty’s, Minneapolis
2008 Readings in Minneapolis coffee shops and music venues; monthly performances with the Bosso Poetry Company at Dusty’s, Minneapolis
2007 Readings in Minneapolis coffee shops and music venues
2006 Readings in Minneapolis coffee shops and music venues
2005 Featured reader, Penchant series, Kitty Kat Club, Minneapolis; Art-a-Whirl
2004 Featured Reader, Bookhouse series, Minneapolis
2003 Featured Reader, Op-Ed Slam, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
2002 Readings at Rogue Buddha Gallery, Dunn Brothers Coffee (Spoken Word Fringe); with the Bosso Poetry Company, Cedar Cultural Center; Sursumcorda; Norshor Theatre, Duluth
2001 Readings with SASE About Town Series; Sursumcorda, Minneapolis; Dunn Brothers Coffee (Spoken Word Fringe Festival), Minneapolis; Bosso Poetry Company at Espresso Royale; Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis; The Poetry Café, London; Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis
2000 Readings at the New French Bar "French Acts," Minneapolis; Art-A-Whirl, SASE About Town Series, Borders Books, Minnetonka; Kieran's Irish Pub; the Love Ugly, Rochester
1999 Readings at Art-A-Whirl; SASE About Town Series; Ricochet Kitchen at First Avenue, Minneapolis; Minnesota State Fair, Education Building, St. Paul
1998 Readings/performances at Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis; Ricochet Kitchen at Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; "Theology" poetry performance with J. Otis Powell!, Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis
1997 Readings at The Poetry Café, London; with J. Otis Powell! "If the Flag Catch-a Fire" at Bryant-Lake Bowl and Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
1996 Poetry performance of "Dearly Beloved," with Steven Grandell, Bryant-Lake Bowl