Don Brunnquell Poetry Reading Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Midstream Series

Midstream Reading Series

Thursday October 11, 2018
7:30–8:30 pm
Blue Moon building - Upstairs
Corner of 39th and (3820) East Lake Street
Minneapolis MN

Entrance just west of the Blue Moon coffee house; up the stairs and to the left. Not wheel-chair accessible. Plentiful street parking.

Best to arrive 10-20 minutes early to get coffee and food/dessert from the Blue Moon, and to be seated by 7:30 pm. The venue will easily hold about 45; after that, standing or floor-sitting room only. The early bird gets the seat. Please occupy the close seats first.

Musical prelude, 6:45 – 7:15pm [doors 6:30]. Papa John Kolstad will perform exclusively on the Acoustic 12 string guitar,  a program of blues, folk songs and some fancy pickin'.   The 12 string guitar has a unique sound and rhythmic music accompaniment qualities.  Papa John is one of the foremost exponents of this finger picking style on 12 String. He has 6 albums, more than 50 years performing, and appears on numerous anthologies of blues, 12 string and various associates.

Original poems and stories read/performed by their creators:
    Don Brunnquell traces his poetry roots back to both poetry and song. At Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, he studied writing with the poet Gerald Bullis and novelist Mark Dintenfass. He studied German and loved Goethe and Rilke, and translated Paul Celan. His writing is influenced by the American folk tradition and the work of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Paul Simon. Don was a Loft Mentor Series participant in poetry in 1981, and was active organizing readings at the Loft. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1981, and worked as a clinical child psychologist and later bioethicist at the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota for 36 years.  He is a member of the acoustic band Stealin’ Home where wordplay and musicplay intertwine. He is part of the Ginger Poetry Group in St Paul, facilitated by poet Margaret Hasse.  He has recent work in the Journal of Medical Humanities and the Red Bird Chapbook A Little Book of Abundance: poems for thanksgiving throughout the year.

    Daniel Dietrich’s poems explore the spirit of homesteading. That spirit is present, he believes, whenever we sink roots into this place—whether in the woods or an urban landscape. The key is the act of connecting. Dietrich’s poems have appeared in Poetry CelebrationApplause, and Poet-Artist Collaboration. His stories have received awards from St. Martin’s Press, the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He is a devotee of Thoreau’s journals and wood heat.

    Julie Landsman’s first love has always been poetry. Over the past thirty years her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies. At long last she has completed a manuscript of poems. Poetry asks her to slow down, hunker down, let the words come. She is presently a poet and teacher for the Alzheimers Poetry Project and has recently won the Bechtel Essay contest for “Music and Story: How We Enter.” Her three published memoirs center around education and her connections to the stories her students tell. In her work as a public school teacher, as an adjunct professor and as a facilitator, Julie opens, closes and intersperses her time with participants with poems, music, lyric verse. She and the poet George Ella Lyon have founded the I Am From Project ( and encourage all to send in I am From poems, dances, photos, to join the voices there.

      Julie Pfitzinger. More than 20 years ago, Julie Pfitzinger began her journalism career with a local community newspaper, the St. Paul Voice. From there, she became a regular contributor to several local publications including the Star Tribune, the Highland Villager and Minnesota Parent. Julie spent several years working for Tiger Oak Media as a writer and editor; for three years, she served as the managing editor for Tiger Oak’s ten monthly community magazines. She was also the editor of Saint Paul Magazine.   Julie is currently the Senior Features Editor for, a digital publication of PBS. She has recently been named as a syndicated columnist for King Features, where she will write monthly columns on behalf of Next Avenue for several national newspapers. A recent trip to Paris served as inspiration for Julie to further explore writing poetry, and to launch a boutique publishing company in 2019. 

Before and after: The Blue Moon, downstairs, has coffee, sandwiches, desserts. Merlin’s Rest, a bar/restaurant 3 blocks west, has a full bar, good food, a late hours kitchen, reserved seating. For further information contact David Shove