Welcome to a reading of the 2015 Cracked Walnut Literary Festival. We return to Rochester to present
Pam Whitfield is a professor, journalist, poet, activist, and horsewoman. She has recently migrated from literary readings to spoken word events. She won the Rochester Poetry Slam in 2012 and was a keynote performer at Mayo Clinic’s Regional Arts in Healthcare Symposium last year. Pam has published poetry, creative nonfiction, feature and sports journalism, and scholarly articles. She currently co-writes “The Chat” column for the Post-Bulletin and writes a relationship column for Rochester Women Magazine. She serves on the Human Trafficking Awareness Committee of Rochester and works to educate the public on sex trafficking issues.
Kit Rohrbach is a southeastern Minnesotan whose work has appeared in several area publications as well as the Poet/Artist Collaboration in Zumbrota. She claims she's a poet. Don't look behind the curtain.
Tim J Brennan is from Austin. Brennan’s poems can be found in Talking Stick, Green Blade, across the pond in The Lake (UK), and many other nice places. Brennan’s one act plays have been staged in Chicago, Bloomington IL, Bethesda MD, and Rochester MN, among others.
Ron comes from the mild streets of Bloomington, MN, (the other side of town from the MOA) where he can be seen walking dogs as neighbors bombard him with "Hi, How are you doing?" or "Not in my yard". It is on these walks that he comes up with his finest lines of poetry and contemplates the divine. His poetry has appeared in The Great River Review, Fine Lines, The Talking Stick and Shark Reef: A Literary Magazine. He belongs to The Poetry Constellation and The St. Paul Poetry Workshop groups and frequently participates at the Barbaric Yawp open reading
has been an essayist, food writer, and communications professional for nearly 20 years. Roseheart is her debut novel (publishing in spring/summer 2015). She was inspired to explore the role cooking and humor can play in connecting people, especially women of different generations and cultures. Dehdashti learned to cook at the side of her Iranian mother-in-law, who was a transformational figure in her life. Dehdashti has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Midwest Living, Iranian.com, the Minnesota Daily, and many other publications. She lives in Eagan, Minnesota with her husband and their two children. www.catherinedehdashti.com
grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota, attended the National University of Ireland, Galway and earned her B.A. in English from St. Catherine University, spent two years in Tokyo and lives in St. Paul. Her work can be found in Stories for the Seventh Generation, Ariston, Spilt, Lief Magazine, and soon, in a forthcoming issue of Conduit. Poet Ethna McKiernan says, “Jeanne is a poet of comic irony and a ferociously large imagination. Her poems gallop with inventiveness, inviting the reader to ride along…we leave her work hungry for more.”
Elizabeth Brenner is a nurse-midwife, nearing completion of her MFA at Hamline. She has studied narrative medicine at Columbia University and University of Iowa, and is a parent-advocate for National Campus Safety Intiative (32NCSI). Elizabeth's 2014 testimony before the Minnesota Senate led to unanimous passage of the nation's first-ever study abroad law. She will complete her first book in 2015."
This is the 24th reading of 29 that Cracked Walnut is hosting in the months of May and June for the Cracked Walnut Literary Festival 2015. Each reading has a unique title, features a different cadre of writers, and is happening in a different space in the Twin Cities. Reading are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated and merchandise including chapbooks and author books will be available. Cash is preferred tender for authors
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund