Notable Twin Cities: 3/19–3/25


Sunday 3/19: Start your week right at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (right around the corner from Birchbark Books) with debut Anishinaabe novelists Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland. They’ll read from their work, with a reception and signing to follow. 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/21: Meet the Minnesota Book Award finalists with a reception hosted at Open Book. The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and The Loft Literary Center will host this chance for the public to meet the finalists in person, including Stephanie Wilbur Ash, Sun Yung Shin, Chris Santiago, and Louise Erdrich. 6 p.m., free.

The March installment of Carol Connolly’s Readings by Writers series focuses literary artists of Irish descent. Readers include Tom Dahill, Mike Finley, Laura McKenzie, Ethna McKiernan, and Karie Oberg. University Club of St. Paul. 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/22: Moon Palace books presents Duncan Barlow, Tobias Carroll, and Dylan Hicks, three fiction writers who’ll read from their newest work. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 3/23: The 11th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading hosted by local author Kate Hopper will highlight literature by mothers. Featured readers will be Shannon Gibney, Susan Ito, and Judy Batalion. Open Book. 7 p.m., free.

Moon Palace Books features poets Alan Felsenthal and Dobby Gibson. 7 p.m., free.

Friday 3/24: 2017 Loft Mentor and memoirist Laura Flynn will read for the public as a part of the Loft Mentor Series. She’ll be joined by poet Anthony Ceballos and fiction writer Trisha Collopy. Open Book. 7 p.m., $10.

Saturday 3/25: Asemic Translation is a unique reading by various asemic artists and scholars. Featured performers will be accompanied by Ghostband. This event is co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and MCBA. Minnesota Center for Book Arts. 7 p.m., free.

Upstairs from MCAB, you can hear performance poetry from the Loft’s own Spoken Word series, Equilibrium. March’s installment will feature Sham-e-Ali Nayeem with Giles Li accompanied by DJ NAK. This event is co-sponsored by Metropolitan State University’s Global Poetry Festival. The Loft Literary Center. 8 p.m., free.


Please email any event listings you’d like to see to [email protected].


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Tyler Barton is a cofounder of Fear No Lit, the organization responsible for the Submerging Writer Fellowship. He is the author of the flash fiction collection, The Quiet Part Loud, which won the Turnbuckle Chapbook Prize from Split Lip Press and was published in 2019. Find his work in The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Waxwing, and elsewhere. Find him at or @goftyler. More from this author →