Banfill-Locke to host March Reading Series event

Those interested in the literary arts are invited to gather at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, to hear from featured writers Sun Yung Shin and Michael Kleber-Diggs.

The 2017 Reading Series is presented in partnership with the Anoka County Library and is co-curated by writers Margaret Hasse and Clarence White. This series was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

About the authors

Sun Yung Shin (Submitted photo)
Sun Yung Shin (Submitted photo)

Sun Yung Shin is the author, editor, or co-editor of six books and one chapbook: Unbearable Splendor (poetry/essay); Rough, and Savage (poetry); Skirt Full of Black (poetry); A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (essays); Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (essays); Cooper’s Lesson (bilingual book for children); and “My Singularity” (poetry). She is co-founder of a native women artists and women of color artist collective and is a contributing editor at Aster(ix) and Society Editions. She has received artist grants from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation.

Michael Kleber-Diggs (Submitted photo)
Michael Kleber-Diggs (Submitted photo)

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet and essayist. In 2015, he was a fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-American Literature and a winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry. Kleber-Diggs’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Lament for the Dead, and elsewhere and has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI. Kleber-Diggs’s musings can also be found on coffee sleeves thanks to Coffee House Press and on buses and light-rail train cars thanks to St. Paul Almanac and Metro Transit. An essay on his journey to becoming a writer was selected by Sherry Quan Lee and will be anthologized in 2017. Whenever he can, he writes literary criticism for the Star Tribune. Kleber-Diggs  lives in St. Paul with his wife, Karen, a horticulturist who makes art with flowers, and their daughter, an accomplished dancer.

Future scheduled writers for the 2017 reading series include Julie Schumacher and May Lee-Yang (April 14), Patricia Kirkpatrick and May Losure (May 12), and Diego Vazquez Jr. and the NorthWords Writers (June 9).

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley.

For more information email [email protected] or call 763-574-1850.

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