Red Bird authors to read at Artista Bottega on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Please join Red Bird Chapbooks at Artista Bottega for an evening of poetry and prose Friday, February 26, 2016 beginning at 7:00 pm. This event will feature five local Red Bird authors – Louis Murphy, Matt Mareck, James C Henderson, Donna Isaac, and Paula Cisewski.

Artista Bottega
937 7th Street West
Saint Paul MN 55102

Louis Murphy’s “From Hand to Hurt to Held” is an aching lyric collection that takes the reader through a series of emotional peaks and troughs. The beauty Murphy offers in both language and image buoy the reader up to enjoy the sun as his candid, straightforward voice plunges the reader into the depths of grief and depression. This is a world where mothers build castles to protect their children, a world where the dead walk in radiance on tracks in the backcountry, and a world where we are constantly reaching for a moon that will never be within our reach.

Matt Mareck’s “The Nerd Factory” looks at comic books as art form and literature. Mareck considers the serious side of comic books with just enough humor to keep it fun. The collection includes an author vetted list of the best comic books – recommendations on what to read and which to collect.

James C Henderson's "Chasing Delight" is a reminder that each day, year, decade, life is made up of small, individual moments. These moments, these little interactions, have incredible power if we see them for the wonders they are. If we consider how each builds and adds to the sum of our whole, our happiness, our contentment, our lives. James writes of the moments of his life vividly, compassionately, and also with a wry sense of humor that reminds us not to take ourselves or our lives too seriously.

Donna Isaac’s “Holy Comforter” is a collection of poetry reflecting a childhood steeped in memories of growing up in Southern landscapes and the attendance of Catholic elementary schools. The collection weaves together small snapshots of people and places long gone with new‐found discoveries of spirituality.

Paula Cisewski's "Misplaced Sinister" is a collection of lyric prose that explores (among other things) family, relationships, handedness, language, history, and mythology. Paula's poetic sensibilities amplify the narrative ‐ her syntax, phrasing and image choices deftly working together.