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When Writing Meets Art (at Zephyr Theatre)

09/15/2019 - 2:00pm

When Writing Meets Art is a literary reading at the Zephyr Theatre where you'll have the opportunity to hear 7 authors of fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry including MN Book Award winners Shannon Gibney (Dream Country) and Susan Bartlett Foote (Crusade for Forgotten Souls).

There is no fee to attend but a $10 donation is suggested to benefit the Zephyr Theatre

Cash bar and free appetizers!

https://stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org/ for questions or more information.

Featured writers:
Shannon Gibney is the author of Dream Country, winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for young adult literature, published by Penguin Random House. Shannon is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color, a young adult novel that won a 2016 Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minneapolis and is faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, teaching critical and creative writing, journalism, and African diasporic topics. In 2019, University of Minnesota Press will release What God is Honored Here? Writings by Indigenous Women and Women of Color on Miscarriage and Infant Loss, which she co-edited with Kao Kalia Yang.

Susan Bartlett Foote is the author of The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954, winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota nonfiction, published by University of Minnesota Press. Susan lives in St. Paul and is a writer, historian, lawyer and professor emerita in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She is widely published in her field of health and technology policy and is the author of Managing the Medical Arms Race: Innovation and Public Policy in the Medical Device Industry. 

Beth Mayer is the author of We Will Tell You Otherwise, a short story collection published by Black Lawrence Press, winning its 2017 Hudson Prize. Her chapbook of fiction, Niagara Falls, was published by Red Bird Chapbooks. Beth's fiction also has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. She was a Loft Mentor Series Winner in fiction, and is a master of fine arts in writing, conferred by Hamline University. She teaches English at Century College, and lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with her family and impossibly faithful dog. 

Don Jones is the author of the memoir Six Days: Hitching & Hopping Across the American West. His nonfiction work includes co-authoring curriculum on new drug education programs in public schools; contributing to Hazelden and employer publications on addiction treatment; and writing on legal and drug issues in the University of Santa Clara Law Review. Don worked for Ramsey County’s Department of Human Services for 23 years prior to retirement. He is working on his second memoir, Eighteen Days: Racing Across The North Atlantic, and is interested in helping other seniors write their memoirs. He is a sailor and local historian, and lives with his wife, Millie, in St. Mary’s Point, Minnesota. 

Emerging writers & students of Elissa Cottle's "Creating a Writing Life" class at ArtReach St. Croix:

Robin Cain is a writer, visual artist, singer/songwriter and piano teacher. She is also a volunteer worship leader at Stillwater's Trinity Lutheran Church. As a writing student this summer she discovered the joy of composing stories, poetry, essays and articles, and hopes to write a novel and memoir. She and her husband Phil Kadidlo have four sons and live in Stillwater. 

Jim Swanson is excited to return to writing and finding a creative outlet for the story teller residing inside. He lives in Oak Park Heights with his wife Ann. They are co-owners of Valley Art Group, representing unique, artistic products to gift shops around the Midwest. 

Paula Foreman is a writer and founder of Encore Farm, so named because she started farming in midlife. She lives in St. Paul with her husband Jim, and her farm is on land just outside Stillwater. Encore Farm grows heirloom dry beans, corn and other small grains, mostly done with modern hand tools. 

“When Writing Meets Art” literary readings are held three times a year on the third Sundays, at 2 p.m., in January, May and September at The Zephyr Theatre. The reading series was founded in 2011 by the Zephyr Literary Arts Coordinator Elissa Cottle, master of fine arts in writing. To be considered as a reader, send a sample of creative writing to: elissa.stillwaterzephyrtheatre@gmail.com

Elissa is a published poet, professional writer and editor, and creative writing instructor. For more information: artfulbusinesswriting.com. Her forthcoming book of poetry, The Receiving Quilt, will be published by Red Bird Chapbooks in 2019.

Zephyr Theatre
601 Main St N
Stillwater, MN 55082