Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist celebrates poetry events with poets Rob Hardy, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myrhe, and Emily Oliver.
Be Heard Minnesota Youth Poetry Slam
Carleton College, Kracum Performance Hall at the Weitz Center for Creativity
Saturday, February 3 from 7pm to 9pm
The 6th annual Be Heard MN youth poetry slam series seeks to identify six MN poets between the ages of 13-19 to serve as a cohort representing the state in the international Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival in July 2018. This event is a preliminary bout open to all poets 19 and under.
To register and for more information: TruArtSpeaks, truartspeaks.org
Civic Poetics Festival
at Carleton College, Weitz Cinema at the Weitz Center for Creativity
Thursday, February 15 from 7pm to 9pm
Featuring: Heid Erdrich, Matt Rasmussen, Gretchen Marquette, Sun Yung Shin, Anders Carlson-Wee and Michael Torres
Co-sponsored by Carleton College and the Northfield Poet Laureate.
Center for Civic and Community Engagement, carleton.edu/ccce/
Northfield Sidewalk Poetry Kick-Off event
Saturday, 27 January 2017 @2pm
Northfield Public Library – Northfield Poet Laureate
Northfield Sidewalk Poetry Competition
The public is invited to bring a favorite short poem to share with the audience or to come just to listen. Winners of the 2017 competition will be featured reading their winning entries (or favorite poems from their collections). Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate.
Rob Hardy has taught part-time at Carleton in the Classics Department (2006, 2008-2010, 2013-2016), coordinated Latin Club at Greenvale Park Elementary School (with the support of a Broadening the Bridge Grant), and translated or adapted two Greek tragedies for production by the Carleton Players: Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis (2000) and Aeschylus’s Oresteia (2012). He has been an elected member of the Northfield School Board since 2013, a liaison to the Human Rights Commission, an advisor to the District Youth Council, and an advisor to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition. He hosts a poetry reading series at Content Bookstore. In August 2016, he was selected as Northfield’s first Poet Laureate (sponsored by the Northfield Public Library and Arts and Culture Commission). guides.mynpl.org/PoetLaureate
You can find out about his poetry, and read some poems online, rbhardy3rd.blogspot.com
His most recent poetry collection is Domestication: Collected Poems 1996-2016. Shipwreckt Books/Up on Big Rock Poetry Series, 2017. Available at Content in Northfield.
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and has been featured on Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and beyond. Garnering over ten million views online, Guante has also performed live at the United Nations, given a TedxTalk, and presented at countless colleges, universities, and conferences.
Whether deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity, challenging dominant narratives related to race and racism, or just telling stories about the different jobs he’s had, Guante strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. An educator as well as a performing artist, Guante completed his Masters studies in 2016 at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education; in that spirit, his performances use poems as jumping-off points for authentic dialogue, critical thinking, and community-building.
Guante’s debut book, a mixtape-style exploration of the intersections of art and social justice, is available now. www.guante.info
Emily Oliver is the Interim Associate Director for Academic Civic Engagement in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement. Before coming to the CCCE, she designed and taught civically-engaged pedagogy as a lecturer in the English Department at Cornell University. She has also taught courses through the Cornell Prison Education Program at Auburn Correctional Facility and in the Telluride Association Summer Program, where she co-designed “Public Poetry in the Digital World,” a hybrid writing seminar and digital humanities lab that examined how politically-conscious poetic movements use new publishing platforms.
Emily also founded Knox Writers’ House, a digital audio map of contemporary writing for which she interviewed hundreds of writers about how they experience where they live.
You can register for her class Can a Single Poem Change the World? at the Loft Literary Center, loft.org