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 June event features local poets Roy G. Guzmán, torrin a. greathouse, Marlin M. Jenkins, and Sun Yung Shin. 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
Roy G. Guzmán (they/them) is the author of the poetry collection Catrachos. They received a 2019 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Raised in Miami, they live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
torrin a. greathouse (she/her or they/them) is a transgender cripple-punk and MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and has received fellowships from Zoeglossia, the Effing Foundation, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Their work is published in Poetry magazine, Ploughshares, and Kenyon Review. Her debut collection Wound from the Mouth of a Wound was published by Milkweed Editions in December 2020.
Marlin M. Jenkins (he/him) was born and raised in Detroit and currently teaches high school in Minnesota. The author of the poetry chapbook Capable Monsters (Bull City Press, 2020) and a graduate of University of Michigan’s MFA program, he has worked as a teaching artist, a university lecturer, and a bookseller. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published by Mizna, Missouri Review, Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Waxwing, and Kenyon Review, among others.
Sun Yung Shin (she/her) is the author of poetry collections Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black, which won an Asian American Literary Award. She coedited the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and is the author of Cooper’s Lesson, a bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children. She has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis.
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 email@example.com.
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