The Twin Cities is home to some of the most prominent poetry publishers in the nation. Green Roof Poetry brings together some of these dynamic literary houses for a live poetry reading series in the Walker’s upper garden. Relax on the hillside for an evening of live readings by four poets selected by four different literary organizations: Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, Milkweed Editions, and Mizna. Grab your picnic blanket and quarantine bubble buddy, we’ll see you on the hillside!
The August event features local poets Su Hwang, Jim Moore, Sagirah Shahid, and Moheb Soliman. Find about more about each of these creators below!
Black Garnet Books will have a pop-up shop starting at 6 pm.
About the Poets
Su Hwang (she/her) is a poet, activist, stargazer, and the author of Bodega, which received the 2020 Minnesota Book Award in poetry and was named a finalist for the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A recipient of the inaugural Jerome Hill Fellowship in Literature, among other honors, she is a teaching artist with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and is the cofounder, with poet Sun Yung Shin, of Poetry Asylum. Born in Seoul, Korea, she currently lives in Minneapolis and received her MFA from the University of Minnesota.
Jim Moore (he/him) is the author of eight books of poetry including Underground, Invisible Strings, and Prognosis, forthcoming in fall 2021. His poetry haa appeared three times in Pushcart Prize Editions as well as in The Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Spoleto, Italy.
Sagirah Shahid (she/her) is an African American Muslim poet and arts educator from Minneapolis. She is a recipient of a mentor series award in poetry from the Loft Literary Center, a Minnesota Center for Book Arts mentorship award, and Twin Cities Media Alliance’s Our Space is Spoken For, a collaborative public art and performance fellowship for Black, Indigenous and artists of color. Sagirah’s poetry and prose has been published in Mizna, Paper Darts, Juked, Winter Tangerine, Puerto del Sol, The Drinking Gourd, the American Muslim Futures virtual exhibit, and A Moment of Silence, an online anthology of more than 50 Black Minnesotan voices responding during a historical moment of transformation. Sagirah’s debut collection of poetry Surveillance of Joy is forthcoming from Half Mystic Press in 2021.
Moheb Soliman (he/him) is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest. He has presented writing, performance, installation, and video work at diverse literary, art, and public spaces in the US and Canada with support from the Banff Centre, Pillsbury House, the Joyce Foundation, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Soliman has degrees from The New School and the University of Toronto and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was the program director for the Arab American literary journal and arts organization Mizna.
Outdoor Performance and Event Guidelines
Masks are recommended and politely requested. No umbrellas, lawn furniture, or pets. No smoking allowed. Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout each event.
Follow the paved path on the hillside for an accessible route to the event. This event will be ASL interpreted. To request accommodations for this program or for more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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