Please join us in The Daily Grind as we celebrate National Poetry Month with an event featuring four local poets reading from their work.
MaryAnn Moenck - MaryAnn Franta Moenck grew up east of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Gravel roads, camping with family, and gardening featured large in her childhood. Mid-way through a career in dental hygiene, she came late to poetry. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. Her poems have been published online, and in print journals that include Dogwood, Snowy Egret, Cimarron Review, Natural Bridge, Water~Stone Review, and Nimrod. MaryAnn was awarded participation in the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series for 2012-2013. She has, for several years running, been a judge for the WriteNow! high school writing contest, sponsored by White Bear Center for the Arts. MaryAnn enjoys weaving, gardening, and keeping chickens. She lives with her husband on a hobby farm in rural western Wisconsin, near the St. Croix River valley.
Jennifer Willoughby - Incantatory, intimate, and incendiary, the poems of this award-winning debut are filled with explosive wit and humor like a knife you don t see coming. A kaleidoscopic intelligence flows through "Beautiful Zero," embracing forms of culture high and low in effort to finding meaning in the chaos. Poems about Shark Week and college football sit beside Roman Polanski and biting critiques of modern war. A series of poems set in a Kaiser Permanente hospital tear into the world of privatized health care while simultaneously charting a story of love in the face of catastrophe. Yet even at her most surreal, Willoughby always finds the pulsing heart at the core of the poem. She embraces what she cannot understand about both the world and herself because after all, Nothing is as random as they say it is. / You were born the weirdo that you are.
Katrina Vandenberg - In her accomplished second collection of poems, Katrina Vandenberg writes from the intersection of power and forgiveness. With poems named for letters of the Phoenician alphabet, and employing such innovative forms as the ancient ghazal, Vandenberg deciphers the seemingly indecipherable in this extraordinary becoming of self through language. Moving between the physical and the abstract, the individual and the collective, "Alphabet Not Unlike the World" unearths meaning--with astonishing beauty--from the pain of loss and separation.