Notable Twin Cities: 11/17–11/23


Sunday 11/17: California-based poet Michelle Peñaloza joins local writers, David Mura, torrin a. greathouse, and Michael Lee. Moon Palace Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Button Poetry presents Porsha Olayiwola, author of i shimmer sometimes, too, with host Sarah Ogutu. Icehouse, 7:30 p.m., $12 in advance/$15 at the door.

Monday 11/18: Hennepin County Library’s Talk of the Stacks presents Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House, in conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld. Minneapolis Central Library, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/19: University of Minnesota professors Zenzele Isoke, Terrion Williamson, and professor emeritus John S. Wright join writers Dr. Taiyon J. Coleman and Chaun Webster for a tribute to Toni Morrison. Andersen Library, 4 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/20: Brian Xiong presents A Clan of Our Own: Coming Out Experiences of Gay Hmong Men.. East Side Freedom Library, 7 p.m., free.

John Freeman presents Dictionary of the Undoing, a book of essays, in discussion with local writer-activists. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/21: Talking Volumes presents poet Tracy K. Smith, author of Wade in the Water. Fitzgerald Theater, 7 p.m., $30.

Poets Dorothea Lasky and James Lenfestey join entomologist Dr. Elaine Evans, eco-artist Christine Baeumler, and writer and beekeeper Bridget Mendel in conversation. Moon Palace Books, 1:30 p.m., free.

Friday 11/22: Hugo Award-winning author Naomi Kritzer joins Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill for readings and conversation. The Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., $10.

Saturday 11/23: Minnesota native Alex Messenger discusses his debut memoir, The Twenty-Ninth Day. University of Minnesota, Hanson Hall 103, 1 p.m., free.


And another thing: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an annual youth writing competition taking place in January. Volunteer judges make a 1–3 hour time commitment and score writing remotely. Apply to be a volunteer judge here.


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Ellen Fee is a writer, teaching artist, and youthworker focused on creative writing and arts education. Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota and lives in St. Paul. Her work has appeared in Corbel Stone Press, Apeiron Review, and The Caterpillar, among others. You can follow her @ellenkfee on Twitter and Instagram. More from this author →