Upcoming Events

AWP Conference & Bookfair in Minneapolis

The LAI will be Sponsoring 3 events at the Conference:

Literary Arts Institute 18th Anniversary Reading
Anne Carson, Marie Howe, Claudia Rankine, and Kim Anno (artist)
Thursday April 9th
Main Auditorium Level 1
Moderated by: Mark Conway

Anne Carson, Marie Howe, and Claudia Rankine will be at CSB celebrating 18 years of the LAI service to both Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro audiences.  These three authors have helped shape and grow the influence of the Literary Arts Institute through the work they will be sharing that evening.  Anne Carson will join with artist Kim Anno to talk about the newest book printed in the Welle Book Arts Studio.

Stuart Dybek and Francine Prose: A Reading and Conversation
Friday April 10th
Main Auditorium Level 1

Renowned authors Stuart Dybek and Francine Prose will be holding a reading and discussion as one of the conference's featured events.  Dybek, a short story writer, is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, a Lannan Award, a Guggenhein fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award, two fellowships from the NEA, and four O'Henry Prizes.  Prose is also a distinguished authur and a recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, two NEA grants, and a PEN translation prize.  She was also elected to the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009, an honor society of architects, writers, artists and composers.
Dybek will be discussing his two newest collections, Ecstatic Cahoots, and Paper Latern, and Prose will be discussing her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.

Revising Highway 61
Dessa, Olena Kalytiak Davis, James Allen Hall, and Mark Conway
Saturday April 11th
Room 101 F&G, Level 1
Moderator: Nick Flynn

Four poets will be responding to one of Minnesota's most popular singer, song writer, and artists: Bob Dylan.  It has been fifty-five years since Dylan's pervasive influence began to spread accross the nation, and through their own writings, these poets will explore how they may reflect, draw upon, or resist elements in Dylan's work.  Poets present for this panel include, Mark Conway, author of two books of poetry, the chapbook First Body, and director of the Literary Arts Institute.  Olena Kalytiak Davis, author of three full length poetry collections and a chapbook, On the Kitchen Table Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed.  Dessa is a member of the Indie hip hop collaboration Doomtree in Minneapolis.  A rapper and a writer, she has written two literary collections, a chapbook of poetry called A Pound of Steam, and released several albums.  James Allen Hall is the author of Now You're the Enemy, which won awards from the Lamboda Literary foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  He currently is a Professor of English at Washington College, and lives in Kennedyville Maryland.