Red Bird Reading at Artista Bottega

Join Red Bird as we host an evening of music, poetry and prose on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Artista Bottega. The reading will begin at 7:00 pm, with live music before and after.  Arrive a bit early or plan to stay after the reading to peruse all the wondrous things in the gallery and shop.

Friday, April 21, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Artista Bottega
937 7th Street West
Saint Paul MN 55102

The reading will feature authors and editors from the Red Bird team including Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider, Norita Dittberner-Jax, Josh Hegarty, Evan Kingston, Nicola Koh, Beth Mayer, Stephanie Olson and Helen Wick.

There will be live harp music performed by Brad Braund before and after the reading.

In addition to writing and editing poetry, Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider is also a project manager and editor in the field of children’s educational publishing. She earned her MFA from Hamline University, and she also completed a one-year poetry fellowship with Commons Magazine. Her work has been published in Commons Magazine, DOG EAR, The Saint Paul Almanac, Studio One, the What Light Poetry Contest, and rock, paper, scissors.

Norita Dittberner-Jax has published four collections of poetry, most recently, Stopping For Breath from Nodin Press. Crossing The Water, her 5th collection, will be published by Nodin in June 2017. Norita has won numerous awards and fellowships, among them several nominations for the Pushcart. One of the poetry editors for Red Bird Chapbooks, Norita lives with her husband in Lilydale, Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Originally from Massachusetts, Josh Hegarty wound up in St. Paul after a four year detour in Vermont, resulting in an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy, an intimate knowledge of the going-ons of a fried chicken restaurant, and a tiredness of overly hopped beer. Currently in law school and Hamline’s MFA program, he intends to use all of his skills to advocate for kindness and bravery.  He tries to write all of the different kinds of the things, but feels most at home in poetry. He recently discovered that, maybe, he can write high fantasy after all. With many projects in the works and infrequent submissions to publishers, publications are, presumably, forthcoming.

Evan Kingston lives in St. Paul with his wife and son. His writing short fiction has been published by Revolver and the RedShift podcast, his self-published novel Slash was named an Indie Reader Top Book Pick, and his manuscript Half Drunk was a finalist for the Engine Books Novel Prize. When not writing or editing fiction, he works in the natural foods industry and enjoys gardening and pickling.

Nicola Koh is finishing their MFA at Hamline University. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Southwest Review, Word Riot, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Sweet: A Literary Confection, and A-Minor Magazine. When not working, writing, or bemoaning the state of the world, they take too many pictures of their animals and play exorbitant amounts of Tetris.

Beth Mayer’s fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Sun Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in The Missouri Review’s 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize contest in fiction. Beth is a Loft Mentor Series Winner in Fiction for 2015-16. Her short story collection was named a 2015 finalist for the Many Voices Project with New Rivers Press. Beth holds an MFA from Hamline University, coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate at Century College, and lives in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Stephanie Olson is a mother and writer living in the raw and beautiful northwestern corner of Minnesota. She earned her MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and her work has appeared with Sacrifice Press, Versus Literary Journal, and Red Bird Chapbooks.

Helen Wick is a writer and visual artist new to the Twin Cities. A recent graduate, she has a BA in English creative writing with an emphasis on poetry. Helen started with Red Bird in the fall of last year as a publishing intern, and now uses her training in letterpress and book arts to design books and help with production.