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An Evening of Influences: A Reading with Lia Rivamonte, Carolyn Williams-Noren and Naomi Cohn

Novelists who write poetry. Poets who write essays. Why take sides when it comes to poetry versus prose? 

As part of the wrap-up of a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, this event celebrates literary friendship, and work that doesn’t trouble itself with staying within the lines of form.

Cohn will share some entries from Braille Encyclopedia, a collection of linked prose poems, whose completion was made possible by the State Arts Board grant.

Both Rivamonte and Williams-Noren also helped with this project—as editors mentors and colleagues in the rich muddy zone between poetry and prose.

Come hear what these writers are up to, come early for free refreshments and check out a new collaborative work and cultural space, CoCreatz, in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

November 1, 2018
Doors at 6:30 PM, Reading at 7PM

2388 University Ave. W.
Suite 1, First Floor
St. Paul, MN  55114

Lia Rivamonte

The experience of growing up the daughter of Filipino immigrants in the S.F. Bay Area informs much of Lia’s writing. She is grateful to the Minnesota State Arts Board and the MRAC Next Step grant for support of the novel that she is still toiling over. She is deeply appreciative of the Bayless Poets for allowing her to sit with them once a month to share work. Her first poetry chapbook, “Tell Me When You Get There,” is forthcoming sometime next year, to be published by Finishing Line Press. Lia lives in the Little Bohemia neighborhood of St. Paul with her husband, Matt Brown.

Carolyn Williams-Noren

You’ll find Carolyn Williams-Noren’s poems in AGNI, Salamander, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. A chapbook of poems, Small Like a Tooth, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Her lyric essays have been in Willow Springs and Water~Stone Review. And her essay about friendship, jealousy, and the first years of motherhood made the “notables” list in The Best American Essays 2018. Carolyn lives in Minneapolis. She teaches creative writing classes for kids and adults, helps writers reach their goals, and serves creative businesses, educators, and non-profits as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. 

Naomi Cohn is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

(Note: Both Rivamonte and Williams-Noren are also recent Artist Initiative grant recipients… So triple thanks to the voters of Minnesota) 

Donte Collins, Margaret Hasse & What It Means to Know Something by Heart

Known by Heart is partnering with the lovely folks at Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for a 2018 Known By Heart Poetry Performance.

Join poet/performers Donte Collins, Margaret Hasse, and Naomi Cohn in conversation and poetry as they answer the question of what it means to know something by heart, to care enough about words to carry them around in our bodies. Hear words presented from the heart and join in a conversation about poetry and the things we value enough to remember.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Rondo Community Library
461 Dale St N
St Paul, MN 55104

 Donte Collins is a Black, queer American poet. Named the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Saint Paul, Minnesota, they are the recipient of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Spoken Word administered by the Loft Literary Center and winner of the 2016 Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets. They are the author of the poetry collection “Autopsy” (Button Poetry, 2017) a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Collins is the recipient of the 2016 Mitchell Prize in Poetry from Augsburg University and are an alum of TruArtSpeaks, a non-profit arts organization based in the Twin Cities cultivating literacy, leadership and social justice through the study & application of Spoken Word and Hip Hop culture. 

Donte’s words cannot sit still and often embody theatrical recitations. Their work holds a knife to systems of oppression and dominant power structures. They wield poetry to collapse normativity and deliver work that is both alluring and challenging. Often centered around intersections of class, race, adoption, sexuality and social justice, Donte uses rhythm, breath, and the marriage between archive and repertoire to reimagine how poetry can be accessible to those who believe the form is dead. 

Margaret Hasse is the author of five books of poems: Stars Above, Stars Below (1985, new edition reissued in 2008); In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling (1993); Milk and Tides (2008); Earth’s Appetite (2013); and Between Us (2016). She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, Loft Literary Center’s Career Initiative Program, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Jerome Foundation. 

Hasse leads poetry workshops, mentors writers, and edits manuscripts, emcees a poetry reading series and welcomes opportunities to read, perform, and make presentations about her poetry, as well as to support and collaborate with artists and arts organizations. Her work has been published in anthologies (such as Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, and To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women’s Voices from Pre-Territorial Day to the Present), magazines, broadsides, and unusual places such as sidewalks, public art, and in Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Naomi Cohn is a poet, therapist and teaching artist. Through her project, Known by Heart, she leads accessible poetry workshops and experiences and publishes poetry posters featuring the work of older adults and people with disabilities. She’s also worked as a freelance writer, community organizer, encyclopedia copy editor and grant writer. Red Dragonfly Press published her chapbook, Between Nectar & Eternity, in 2013. Her lyric essay, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Bird, appeared in Hippocampus in 2016 and was  nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Thanks to a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, she is currently finishing a book-length prose poem, Entries from the Braille Encyclopedia, about the experience of learning braille as an adult. A Chicago native, she now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she’s proud to be featured in that city’s sidewalk poetry project.

This library event made possible by the lovely folks at the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

It’s Not Too Late: Known By Heart Is Still Harvesting Words For Poetry Posters

Send your short work (10 lines or less) to for consideration for inclusion in the next crop of poetry posters, due to emerge in 2019. Selected work will appear in poetry posters available for free download on the Known by Heart website.

Funders and Partners

2018 Funders and Partners

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Hamline Midway Elders
Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation
Seal Hi-Rise/Saint Paul Public Housing Authority
St. Anthony Park Area Seniors
Trillium Family Foundation


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