Mentor Series Reading: Marisha Chamberlain

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The 2015–2016 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents fiction mentor Marisha Chamberlain reading along with program participants Michael Kleber-Diggs (poetry) and Glenda Reed (nonfiction).

Marisha Chamberlain is a novelist, playwright, poet, and librettist. Her award-winning plays have been staged all over the world, in South Africa, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Britain, and Canada as well as in the United States. Her book of poems, Powers, was published by New Rivers Press. Her play, Scheherazade, won the regional and national FDG/CBS awards, and its television version went to the British Film Institute Festival in the category of Best of American Public Television. Her novel, The Rose Variations, (Soho Press, 2010) got a rave review in The New York Times and both a regional and national Indie Best designation. Her Bluegrass Mass, The World Beloved, with composer Carol Barnett, was premiered by VocalEssence, under the direction of Philip Brunelle, and has since been performed in more than a hundred venues worldwide including at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Chamberlain has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and the Anderson Center. Current works in progress: Mortals and Angels: a Bluegrass Te Deum, with composer Carol Barnett, to premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2016; a folk opera, Amoskeag, also with Barnett; and a novel, The Marriage Genius.

Michael Kleber-Diggs a poet and essayist. Michael was born in a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, but always points out that his family lived in Kansas at the time. He was raised in Wichita. In 1990, he moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota Law School and found himself at home in the land of 10,000 lakes. Michael’s work has appeared or will appear in Ache, Lament for the Dead, and Water~Stone Review. He is a 2015 Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-American Literature and a long-standing member of Nerve Poets where he studies the art and craft of poetry with Juliet Patterson. Michael lives in Saint Paul with his wife Karen, a horticulturist who makes art with flowers, and their 14 year-old daughter, an accomplished dancer.

Glenda Reed is a Minneapolis-based writer, artist, and adventurer. She was recently awarded the Minnesota Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant. She is also a winner of The Moth StorySlam and will be telling a story at the Fitzgerald Theater in the upcoming GrandSlam. Reed is currently working on a memoir about hitchhiking around the world on sailboats.

There is a $5-$10 suggested admission fee for this event.
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