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A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
Shannon Gibney  Sun Yung Shin  David Lawrence Grant
AFA Capstone Anthony Vue - July 17, 2020
The Meet the Authors Reading Series is proud to present North Hennepin AFA in Creative Writing student Anthony Vue, who is conducting this reading as part of the Creative Writing Capstone Project.
Anthony Vue currently attends North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park,
Minnesota and writes fictional short stories in the genres of fantasy and sci-fi. When he’s not writing, he enjoys watching film-making documentaries and listening to horror stories.
This reading features Vue's short story "The Sleeping Earth," and event is hosted by Creative Writing Program Coordinator Brian Baumgart. It was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AFA Capstone Kebbeh Jallah and Winnie Godi - December 7, 2022
The Meet the Authors Reading Series is proud to present North Hennepin AFA in Creative Writing students Kebbeh Jallah and Winnie Godi who are conducting this reading as part of the Creative Writing Capstone Project.

Kebbeh Jallah is currently attending North Hennepin and majors in Creative writing. She's in the process of being done with her program and will graduate in May. She's hoping once she's done with school, she can start her writing journey in non-fiction. Although for the past few semesters she's been taking fiction classes to expand her version for the future. Her main goal is to create awareness within her pieces to help those who need it. 

Winnie Godi was born in Kampala, Uganda and raised in Rochester, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg University in International Relations and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies with a minor in Peace and Global Studies. She has worked in education for the last seven years in many roles including as an Equity Specialist in Rochester, an African History and Geography Teaching Fellow in Gaborone, Botswana, and a Kindergarten Teacher in Nairobi Kenya. She is currently completing an English Teaching Assistantship with The Fulbright Program in Kigali, Rwanda, where she teaches English comprehension through drama at Apacope School and the U.S. Embassy Rwanda American Center. Winnie is also a student at Rochester Community and Technical College, Anoka-Ramsey, and North-Hennepin community colleges where she is taking classes to expand her knowledge and skills in the fine arts. Her love and passion for acting and storytelling have led her to creative writing. Winnie writes short and flash-fiction stories, poems, essays, song lyrics, and plays. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, art events, cooking, and reading.
AFA Reading - Mariah Hanson and Calvin MacFarland - May 1, 2020
On May 1st, 2020, North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series featured AFA in Creative Writing Capstone Project students Mariah Hanson and Calvin MacFarland, who read from their works in progress (short story and play) and discussed other aspects of creative writing with program coordinator Brian Baumgart. The reading took place online without a live audience as it occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AFA Student Reading - April 25, 2019
Sarah Shogren
Kennedy Lang
AFA Student Reading - December 5, 2018
Eman Abdulmohsen
Joshua Barsody
Elizabeth Mallak
AFA Student Reading - fall
Taby Hippen
Mayra Menor
AFA Student Reading - Fall 2015
Ashley Olsen
Anne Mielke
Kara Froberg
Bao Phi - n.d.
A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. He has also released several CDs of his poetry, such as Refugeography and The Nguyens EP. A short story of his, Revolution Shuffle, appeared in the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Stories from Social Justice Movements, AK Press, 2015, and an essay of his was included in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin, Minnesota Historical Society Press. 
Benjamin Percy - n.d.
Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels, the most recent among them The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). He is also the author of The Dead Lands (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006).
Bronson Lemer - September 29, 2011
Bronson Lemer is the author of The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2011). His work has appeared in The Southeast Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Midwestern Gothic, & Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers (Random House, 2006). He lives in St. Paul.
Chris Santiago - October 11th, 2017
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted author Chris Santiago on October 11th, 2017. Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart.

Chris Santiago is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. He holds degrees in creative writing and music from Oberlin College and received his PhD in English from the University of Southern California. The recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas.
Ed Bok Lee - March 31st, 2015
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted author Ed Bok Lee on March 31st, 2015. 
Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart.

Ed Bok Lee is the author of Whorled, winner of an American Book Award and a Minnesota Book Award, and Real Karaoke People, winner of a PEN/Open Book Award. Lee has worked as a physical education instructor, bartender, journalist and translator throughout the U.S. and abroad.
George Farrah - n.d.
George J Farrah holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Bard College, The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. 

Farrah is also a poet, whose book The Low Pointing Stars has been published by Ravenna Press. His poems have been included as well in The Washington Review, The Columbia Poetry Review and numerous other publications.
Jennifer Givhan Reading -
Jenn Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of Rosa’s Einstein (University of Arizona Press, 2019), Girl with Death Mask (Indiana University Press, 2017), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Series, University of Arkansas Press), and Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize). Her chapbooks include Lifeline (Glass Poetry Press), The Daughter’s Curse (ELJ Editions), and Lieserl Contemplates Resurrection (dancing girl press). She is also the author of the novels Jubilee (2020) and Trinity Sight (2019), both from Blackstone Publishing.
Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, the Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, the 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize,  and the Pinch Poetry Prize. Givhan's work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, AGNI, Ploughshares, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, and The Kenyon Review.
She lives with her family in New Mexico.
Jenny Yang Cropp - Craft Talk - April 30th, 2021
Meet the Authors Reading Series - Jenny Yang Cropp - Craft Talk

 North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series: Jenny Yang Cropp, April 30th, 2021. Conducted via Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This video is her craft talk; if interested in her public reading of poetry, that is a separate video.

Here, Jenny Yang Cropp approaches this as an "anti-craft talk," discussing the challenges of commonly accepted rules and conventions in regards to marginalized writers.
Jenny Yang Cropp is the author of the poetry collection String Theory, a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and two chapbooks, Not a Bird or a Flower and Hanging the Moon. Her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ecotone, Arc Poetry Magazine, Poemeleon, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in cart blanche as well as the anthology Voices from the Heartland: Volume II (University of Oklahoma). She is an assistant professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where she teaches poetry and publishing and serves as the poetry editor for the literary journal Big Muddy. She was also recently elected to serve as chair of the Southwest Council and member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Jenny Yang Cropp - Poetry Reading - April 30th, 2021

North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series: Jenny Yang Cropp, April 30th, 2021. Conducted via Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the public reading of her poetry; she also gave a craft talk on the same day, which is available as a separate video.

Here, Jenny Yang Cropp reads from--and discusses--poetry from the manuscript for her second full book (unpublished at the time of the reading). Some of these poems appear is possible different form in her chapbook Not a Bird or a Flower.
Kao Kalia Yang - n.d.
Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. The book is a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read title and on the roster of the American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Program. Her second book, The Song Poet won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. The story has been commissioned as a youth opera by the Minnesota Opera and will premiere in the spring of 2021. Yang’s debut children’s book, A Map Into the World is a American Library Association Notable Book of the Year, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, winner of the Northstar Best Illustrator Award, and now a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her co-edited collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color is a groundbreaking work that centers the poetry and prose of women whose voices have been neglected and silenced on the topic despite the fact they experience these losses disproportionately. The book was one of the ten best books of the fall of 2019 by the Star Tribune and forty other national papers. In 2020, Yang will publish her second children’s book The Shared Room, a collective memoir about refugee lives, Somewhere in the Unknown World, and another book for children, The Most Beautiful Thing. Kao Kalia Yang is also a teacher and a public speaker.
Kirstin Cronn-Mills - n.d.
Kirstin comes from a family of word nerds. Her grandmother and her father passed on their love of language to her, and that love became a love affair when she started writing poems in sixth grade. She still writes poems, but now she focuses on young adult novels.

In 1992 Kirstin moved from Nebraska to southern Minnesota, where she lives now. She writes a lot, reads as much as she can, teaches at a two-year college (she won the Minnesota State College Student Association 2009 Instructor of the Year award), and goofs around with her son, Shae, and her husband, Dan. Her first young adult novel, The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind (Flux, 2009), was a 2010 finalist for the Minnesota Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  Her second novel, Beautiful Music For Ugly Children (Flux/Llewellyn, 2012), won ALA’s Stonewall Award in 2014 as well as an IPPY (Independent Publishing) silver medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction.  BMUC was also placed on ALA’s 2013 Rainbow List (as a Top Ten Pick) as well as their 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.  Her third novel, Original Fake (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House 2016), was a Junior Library Guild selection and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. It was also a finalist for a 2017 Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Literature and a 2017 Best Children’s Books of the Year selection from Bank Street College. Her fourth novel, Wreck, was published in 2019 by Skyhorse Publishing.
Lesley Nneka Arimah - November 16th, 2017
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted author Lesley Nneka Arimah on November 16th, 2017. 
Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart, is not in the video, but the text is attached.

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK to Nigerian parents and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not. She is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Arimah is the winner of an O. Henry Prize, the Africa Regional Winner for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and Kirkus Prize for Fiction, and she has been published in The New Yorker and Granta. Her story “Light” was winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, and she has twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize, in 2016 and 2017. In addition, she was selected by the National Book Foundation as a 2017 “5 Under 35” honoree for promising young fiction writers.
Lindsay Lusby - February 20, 2020
Lindsay Lusby visits NHCC after the release of her debut book of poetry, Catechesis: a postpastoral, a multi-genre collection that uses visual and verbal/written poetry to approach contemporary and classic subject matter, including pop culture [such as the horror-suspense films, The Silence of the Lambs and Alien(s)].

Lusby spoke at 12:30pm and 6pm on Feb 20, 2020; the "lecture/reading" is similar in both, but the Q&A discussion varies. 
Here's the link to the 6pm version:
Lisa Whalen - April 15th, 2021
Author Lisa Whalen joins North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series to discuss her debut book, Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope, on April 15th, 2021 (via Zoom).

Here, she discusses the process of writing, approaching mental illness and eating disorders, and publication.

Lisa Whalen’s debut book, Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope, was published by Hopewell Publications in 2021. Her writing has also appeared in An Introvert in an Extrovert World; The Simpsons’ Beloved Springfield; Introvert, Dear; and Adanna, among other publications. Whalen has a Ph.D. in postsecondary and adult education and an M.A. in creative and critical writing. She teaches composition, creative writing, literature, and journalism at North Hennepin Community College, where she was selected Minnesota College Faculty Association Educator of the Year in 2019. In her spare time, she is an equestrian and volunteer for the Animal Humane Society.

Reading Series curated and hosted by Brian Baumgart, Director of Creative Writing at NHCC.
Matt Mauch - n.d.
Matt Mauch is the author of four books of poetry, Bird~Brian,  If You’re Lucky Is a Theory of Mine, Prayer Book, and the forthcoming We Are the Flownover. We Come From Flyoverland. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Brilliance of the Sparrow. He founded the annual Great Twin Cities Poetry Read and the Maeve’s Sessions readings at Maeve's Cafe along NE Mpls's in/famous Poetry Row.  A Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient and National Poetry Series finalist, Mauch founded and now publishes the journal Poetry City, USA, and teaches in the AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College. He lives in Minneapolis.
Matt Rasmussen - Feb 25, 2014.
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted poet Matt Rasmussen on Feb 25, 2014. 
Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart.

Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award, won the Minnesota Book Award, and was also a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the recipient of grants and residencies from the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, The Anderson Center, and The Corporation of Yaddo. He received a 2014 Pushcart Prize and is a founder and editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC.
Michael Kiesow Moore - April 17th, 2018
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted poet Michael Kiesow Moore on April 17th, 2018. Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart.

Michael Kiesow Moore is the author of the poetry collection What to Pray For (Nodin Press) and the collaborative chapbook, Whimsies (with Nora Moore). His work has appeared in several books and journals, including Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience, Water~Stone Review, Saint Paul Almanac, The Talking Stick, and A Loving Testimony: Losing Loved Ones Lost to AIDS. Michael has received awards for his writing, nominations for the Minnesota Book Award and Pushcart Prize for poetry, and he founded the Birchbark Books Reading Series. When he isn’t drinking too much coffee, Michael can be found dancing with the Ramsey’s Braggarts Morris Men.
note: Part 2
Michael Torres - Craft Talk - March 18, 2021
Poet Michael Torres spends time with the North Hennepin Community College community regarding the craft of poetry, including some exercises. Note: There are silent moments for writing; if you are watching this, feel free to write along with us.
Hosted by NHCC Director of Creative Writing, Prof. Brian Baumgart.
Referenced links:

Michael Torres - Public Reading -
Michael Torres was born and raised in Pomona, California, where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His debut collection of poems, An Incomplete List of Names (Beacon Press, 2020) was selected by Raquel Salas Rivera for the National Poetry Series. His honors include awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, VONA Voices, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center. He is currently an assistant professor in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a teaching artist with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.
Natalie Diaz - n.d.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She is 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.
Patrick W. Marsh - November 15th, 2018
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted author and college alum Patrick W. Marsh on November 15th, 2018. Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart.

Patrick W. Marsh is a local author and blogger from the Twin Cities. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in multiple literary magazines. He is the writer-in-residence at the Robbin Gallery and has published multiple books of fiction, including four novels in The Greenland Diaries series, Seven Monsters, Moya, and The Drum.
Peter Geye - n.d.
Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. Geye is the author of the award winning novels, Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering, winner of the Minnesota Book Award. He currently teaches the year-long Novel Writing Project at the Loft Literary Center. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he continues to live there with his family.
Rachael Hanel - March 27th, 2013
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted author Rachael Hanel on March 27th, 2013. Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart.

Rachael Hanel lives and writes just outside of Mankato, Minnesota. She is a former newspaper reporter and copy editor and teaches Mass Media at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books for children. We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter is her first book for adults. Rachael holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications and history and a master’s degree in history, both from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is an award-winning Lao American poet, playwright, essayist, children's book author, cultural producer, consultant, and philanthropist.
Shannon Gibney - October 31st, 2018
North Hennepin Community College's Meet the Authors Reading Series hosted author Shannon Gibney on October 31st, 2018. Introduction by NHCC's Creative Writing Coordinator, Brian Baumgart (in the Halloween costume).

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, new novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018).
Su Hwang
Su Hwang is a poet, activist, stargazer, and the author of Bodega, published by Milkweed Editions, which received the 2020 Minnesota Book Award in poetry and was named a finalist for the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  

Hwang spoke earlier in the day and in the evening on Nov 8, 2021. 
Here's the link to the craft talk:

Related links to the craft talk: 
Susan Power - n.d.
Susan Power is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a descendant of the Sioux Chief Mato Nupa (Two Bears). She received degrees from Harvard/Radcliffe and Harvard Law School, and attended the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is a writer and poet , and also teaches creative writing.
Thomas Maltman - n.d.
Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.”  He’s taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area.  Little Wolves is his second novel.
Wang Ping - March 5, 2019
Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years farming in a mountain village during the Cultural Revolution, mostly self-taught with little prior formal education available, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the U.S., earning her master's degree from Long Island University and Ph.D. from New York University.

Her books include four collections of poetry, The Magic Whip, Of Flesh & Spirit, Ten Thousand Waves, and My Name Is Immigrant; the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China; the novel Foreign Devil; two collections of fiction stories entitled American Visa and The Last Communist Virgin; a book of Chinese folk lore, The Dragon Emperor; and a book of creative nonfiction, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi. She is also the editor and co-translator of the anthology New Generation: Poetry from China Today, co-translator of Flames by Xue Di, and co-translator of Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian.