Equinox Readings

Equinox Reading
March 21, 2022
7pm-8pm Central

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Julian Randall is the author of Refuse (Pitt, 2018), The Pilar Ramirez Duology (Holt), and The Dead Don’t Need Reminding: Essays (Bold Type Books, 2023)

Mélina Mangal’s work has been published by Milkweed Editions, Coffee House Press, W.W. Norton, and Carolina Wren Press. She is the author of five biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award. Her latest book, Jayden’s Impossible Garden, won the first Strive/Free Spirit African American Voices in Children’s Literature contest and was recognized as a Blueberry Honor book by the Evanston Public Library for inspiring love of nature and action for planet earth. Mélina works as a school library media teacher in Minnesota and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Naomi Cohn is a poet and teaching artist who works with older adults and people living with disabilities. Her past includes a childhood among Chicago academics; editing Disclosure, a national publication on community organizing; involvement in a guerrilla feminist art collective; and work as an encyclopedia copy editor, community organizer, and freelance writer specializing in urban watersheds. Her poetry and essays have appeared in About Place, Baltimore Review, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Terrain, Nimrod, Poetry, and Water~Stone among other places. Red Dragonfly Press published her chapbook, Between Nectar & Eternity. The Braille Encyclopedia, a memoir in linked prose poems is forthcoming (2024) from Rose Metal Press She makes her home in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening (Ecco 2021), was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, ZZYZVA, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in Catapult, The Baltimore Review, and Hippocampus Magazine. Poetry Co-editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review and INCH (with fellow MNWC alums Maria Isabelle Carlos and Yamini Pathak), Amanda is a high school English teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. More at https://amandapmoore.com.

Ranae Hanson's roots are in the northeastern wilderness watersheds of Minnesota and in the headwaters of the Mississippi where she was born. Prairie grasses and native flowers fill her St. Paul yard. She explores with others ways to protect and delight in all our watersheds. She was born into a community of story-tellers; stories have been a way to explore, discover, comfort, and embolden. We know that the waters have stories. What she learned from the wilderness woods and waters, she has tried to pass on to others. What she has learned from the stories her students and others have offered to her has enriched her world and understanding. In Spring 2021 Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress, was published by the University of Minnesota Press. More at https://ranaehanson.com/

Past Events

Equinox Reading
March 20, 2021
7pm-8pm Central

This event occurred March 20, 2021

Wayne Miller is the author of five poetry collections, most recently We the Jury (Milkweed, 2021) and Post- (2016), which won the Rilke Prize and the Colorado Book Award. He has co-translated two books by the Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo—most recently Zodiac (Zephyr, 2015) which was shortlisted for the PEN Center USA Award in Translation—and he has co-edited three books, most recently Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (Milkweed, 2016). The recipient of six awards from the Poetry Society of America, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize, and a Fulbright to the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wayne co-directs the Unsung Masters Series and teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel.

Featured Northwoods Writers

Lucy Adkins’ poetry has been published in many journals including Poet Lore, Red Wheelbarrow, South Dakota Review and the anthologies Nebraska Presence, Women Write Resistance and the Poets Against the War anthology, and others. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, and she has also co-authored two books of non-fiction, Writing in Community, recipient of an “Ippy” in the Independent Publishers Book Awards; and The Fire Inside which will be forthcoming in June. Her newly released book of poetry is Two-Toned Dress, winner of the 2019 Blue Light Press chapbook contest.

Julie Babcock's hybrid poetry collection, Rules for Rearrangement, won the 2019 Kithara Book Prize and was published this winter. She is also the author of Autoplay, described as both an ode and elegy to her Midwestern upbringing. Her poetry and fiction appear in The Rumpus, PANK, december magazine, and are anthologized in New Poetry from the Midwest. She is the recipient of a Vermont Studio fellowship and several Pushcart nominations. She teaches in an interdisciplinary writing program at University of Michigan and is finishing her first novel.

Halee Kirkwood, a 2019-2020 Loft Mentor Series Fellow, received their MFA from Hamline University. Their work has been published in The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series, Water~Stone Review, Lunch Ticket, Muzzle Magazine, Grimoire Magazine, Cream City Review, Strange Horizons, and others. They have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, as well as a nomination for a Best of the Net prize. Kirkwood was an inaugural teaching fellow for the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference at Arizona State University, and has served as a writing mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Their mini-chapbook, Exorcising The Catalogue, was published in Fall 2018 with Rinky Dink Press. Kirkwood is the executive editor of Runestone Journal, an online literary magazine publishing emerging writers. Kirkwood is a proud first-generation college student and a direct descendant of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.

Yamini Pathak is the author of the chapbook, Atlas of Lost Places (Milk and Cake Press). Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in Waxwing, Anomaly, The Kenyon Review blog, Jaggery, and elsewhere. A Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools, she is the poetry editor for the Inch chapbook series published by Bull City Press and an MFA candidate at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Yamini is an alumnus of VONA/Voices (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), and has participated in Community of Writers and the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. She was born and raised in India and now lives in New Jersey.

About the Equinox Readings

The Equinox Readings were born of a desire to maintain connection to our literary communities during the peculiarities of 2020. These semi-annual events are to celebrate and lift the achievements of those who grace our vibrant Minnesota Northwoods Writers community. Each Equinox Reading will include a featured writer and guests who will share new work with us. These events are free and open to the public.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.