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When Writing Meets Art (at Zephyr Theatre)

01/19/2020 - 2:00pm

When Writing Meets Art 

A literary reading Jan. 19

This event will feature seven authors who will read aloud their works of memoir, fiction and poetry: Minnesota Book Award winners Wing Young Huie, Sarah Stonich and Cori Doerrfeld, plus Nancy Hedin, Alison Morse, Terry Faust and Elissa Cottle.

An exhibit of paintings by five visual artists also will be on display.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Time: Readings start at 2 p.m., followed by a reception for the authors and visual artists 
Location: The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater, MN stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org

Donations of $10 or more are suggested to benefit The Zephyr Theatre.
Refreshments: Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar

Live Music: Hovland Conservatory of Music of Stillwater will sponsor young pianist Kaden Coyle to play before and after the reading while guests socialize. Following Kaden’s music, guitarist and music teacher Matt Myatt will play.

Visual Arts: This event will include a new exhibit of paintings by Jeanne Kosfeld, as well as the closing reception of The Zephyr Gallery’s “Winter Gardens” exhibit of paintings by JoAnne Wahlstrom, Bob Lyksett, Kyle Te Poel and Deborah Healy.

The following will read their work:

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Wing Young Huie is the author of Chinese-Ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging, which won the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for memoir, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Wing also is a nationally celebrated photographer. His best-known works are “Lake Street USA” and the “University Avenue Project,” epic six-mile outdoor galleries that reflected the culture of Twin Cities neighborhoods. He was named “Artist of the Year” in 2000 by the StarTribune and was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.

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Sarah Stonich is the author of Laurentian Divide, which won the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for fiction, published by the University of Minnesota Press. Laurentian Divide is the second volume in her “Northern Trilogy,” preceded by Vacationland. Her other acclaimed novels include These Granite Islands, by the U of M Press, and The Ice Chorus, by Little, Brown and Company. Sarah was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Fellowship. 

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Cori Doerrfeld is the author and illustrator of The Rabbit Listened, winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for children’s literature, published by Penguin Random House. Other published children’s books written and illustrated by Cori include: Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!; Wild Baby; Good Dog; Maggie and Wendel: Imagine Everything!; Matilda in the Middle; Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story; and Penny Loves Pink. She also has collaborated as the illustrator with numerous other authors of children’s books. 

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Nancy Hedin is the author of the novels Bend by Anglerfish Press and Stray by NineStar Press. Stray is a sequel to Bend and also a stand-alone story. Bend was named Debut Novel of the Year by Golden Crown Literary Society and received honorable mention for GLBT Adult Novel of the Year by the Foreword Indies. Barnes and Noble named Bend one of 25 books to read for Pride Month. Besides writing, in different stages of life Nancy has been a pastor by day and bartender by night, and a mental health crisis worker by day and stand-up comic by night. 


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Alison Morse is the author of If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, a collection of short stories published by Red Bird Chapbooks, and The Price of Our Clothes poetry chapbook with visual artist Rachel Breen, sponsored by the Perlman Teaching Museum in Northfield. Alison won a Tiferet Fiction Award for her short story “The Truth About ‘The Lead Plates at the Romm Press.’" She has collaborated with musicians, an architect and visual artists, including her founding and curating the TalkingImageConnection literary reading series for 10 years in Minneapolis. Alison also has created animated films, screened at the Walker Art Center and other national fine arts institutions and film festivals, and taught film and animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota. 


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Elissa Cottle is the author of a poetry collection, The Receiving Quilt, forthcoming by Red Bird Chapbooks, and The Zephyr Theatre’s literary arts coordinator. Her poetry has been published in the Nodin Poetry Anthology and other literary journals. She is a professional editor and writer, and has been teaching “Creating a Writing Life” for 15 years, a private creative writing class for adults, currently based at ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater. Elissa is the founder and curator of this reading series, When Writing Meets Art, held in arts spaces in the Twin Cities Metro since 2011, and of the “Valley Muses” literary page in the Stillwater-area Gazette newspaper since 2015. 

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Terry Faust, an author, photographer and filmmaker, will read a “speculative fiction” story he wrote in response to a painting in this event’s exhibit by visual artist Jeanne Kosfeld. He has published three novels: Eylsium Flyer, awarded The Loft’s Children’s Literature Prize (for ages 13 and older); Bearer of the Pearls, young adult urban fantasy by North Star Press; and Z is for Xenophobe, science fiction satire, by Sam’s Dot Publishing. His humorous short stories have been published by speculative fiction magazines, and he is assistant organizer of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Network. 


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Jeanne Kosfeld will present an exhibit of her paintings titled “Café Society” at the reading. Jeanne is a visual artist who works primarily with water-based media. Her portfolio also includes print design, board game creation and design, and public sculpture. She was the creative director in the design department at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for 18 years. Jeanne has been honored with artist-in-residences in Arles, France; Mesa Verde, Colorado; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Pine Needles on the St. Croix, Minnesota; Maiden Rock, Wisconsin; Whiskeytown, California; and Juneau, Alaska. 

Zephyr Theatre
601 Main St N
Stillwater, MN 55082
Book List: 
Laurentian Divide: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517902490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 8th, 2019

The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229358
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681340425
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - November 15th, 2018

Stray Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951057213
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ninestar Press, LLC - August 12th, 2019

Bearer of the Pearls (River Rangers #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682010624
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - June 6th, 2017