Author Reading with Poetry & Music - Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 pm

Please join Red Bird Chapbooks as we showcase four of our authors during an evening of poetry and music on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Artista Bottega
937 West 7th Street
Saint Paul MN

Featured readers: 

Brian Beatty is the author of the poetry collections Coyotes I Couldn't See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016), Brazil, Indiana: A Folk Poem (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Dust and Stars: Miniatures (Cholla Needles Press, 2018). His jokes, poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and digital publications, as well as in public art projects and on public radio. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

JD Hegarty is between names, between genders, and between good night's sleep. They are a lawyer by day, a poet by night, and essayist in the twilight hours. JD’s poetry can be found or is forthcoming in White Stag and Crab Orchard Review and they recently had an essay published in the online journal Mortar Magazine. Their chapbook, On Passing, was published by Red Bird Chapbooks.They live in haunted Saint Paul with two loud grey cats.

Jeanie Tomasko is the author of a few books of poetry, including most recently, The Collect of the Day and Dove Tail (both from Bent Paddle Press), Violet Hours (Taraxia Press) and Small Towns Along the Coast (Dancing Girl Press). She can be found walking her very large grand-dog in Middleton, WI, or at home with her husband, Steve.  She endeavors to always have a bottomless honey jar, garlic from the garden and bees in the front yard hyssop.  Jeanie is a registered nurse and works in home health.  Find out more about her writing and artwork at

Insects seem to creep their way into Steve Tomasko’s poems (even his love poems). He doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. His wife, Jeanie, long ago stopped screaming when a dragonfly lands on her. She doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. But they both still get creeped out by spiders. Steve and Jeanie were editors of the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.

The reading will be bracketed with harp melodies performed by Brad Braund, a local acoustic musician and one of Red Bird's book designers.