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 July event features local poets Tarik Dobbs, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Gretchen Marquette, and Lara Mimosa Montes. 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
Tarik Dobbs (they/them) is an Arab American queer writer and text artist(?) born in Dearborn, MI. Dobbs’s poems appear soon/now in American Poetry Review, Best of the Net, Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Northwest. They are presently a poetry editor at Poetry Online and Great River Review. Their poetry chapbook Dancing on the Tarmac was selected by G. Calvocoressi (Yemassee, 2021).
Michael Kleber-Diggs (he/him) is the author of Worldly Things, which was awarded the 2021 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Rumpus, Rain Taxi, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Water~Stone Review, Midway Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and a few anthologies. Kleber-Diggs teaches poetry and creative nonfiction through the Minnesota Prison Writers Workshop. He was born and raised in Kansas and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Gretchen Marquette (she/her) is the author of May Day (2016), published by Graywolf Press, which was a 2017 Minnesota Book Award finalist in poetry. She has published poems in Harper’s, the Paris Review, Poetry, and Tin House. She lives in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lara Mimosa Montes (she/her) is the author of THRESHOLES (Coffee House Press, 2020) and The Somnambulist (Horse Less Press, 2016). Her poems and essays have appeared in Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, BOMB, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow and CantoMundo Fellow. She holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. Currently, she works as a senior editor of Triple Canopy.
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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