Join us for an evening of Minnesota poetry with Richard Broderick, Dara Syrkin, and Greg Watson.
Richard Broderick is the author of three collections of poetry and a collection of short fiction. He is a two-time winner of the Many Voices Project Competition sponsored by New Rivers Press, and recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Award and a Minnesota Book Award. He has also been a finalist for the Robert Frost Foundation Award, and is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. His work has been widely anthologized, including in The Next Parish Over (New Rivers Press) and the definitive The Book of Irish-American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present.
Richard Broderick’s latest book is Jesus of Walmart. By turns witty, solemn or capricious, the book moves outward from private, often lyrical poems about childhood and memory on into the realm of the “real world’s” self-serving myths, fears, and institutionalized inequities, and from there into work that celebrates the joys of love and the beauty and mystery of the natural world, and then still further outward into poems that consider the very nature of reality, what it means to be human, and where to find glimpses of the sacred in the midst of the profane and the disenchanted.
Dara Syrkin counts her lucky stars every day. One shiny piece of good fortune is to have work included in the Nodin Poetry Anthology. Dara’s poetry reflects her devotion to blue highways and the respect she has for ancestors and the power of seeds. Dara is an editor by trade and lives by the motto “Writing is a team sport.”
The current Nodin Poetry Anthology continues a tradition established in 1974 of featuring celebrated writers alongside talented wordsmiths who are only beginning to make themselves known to the reading public.
Greg Watson’s work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, and has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac. His most recent collections are What Music Remains, and All the World at Once: New and Selected Poems, both published by Nodin Press. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Shelisa and their daughter Hadley.
Watson is the author most recently of All the World at Once: New and Selected Poems. Greg Watson's poetry carries an everyday eloquence that harbors elements of mystery and sangfroid by turns. There are times when it's difficult to tell one from the other, as images and thoughts develop with even-tempered grace. The chief wonder of the body of work contained in this collection is how consistently playful and imaginative individual poems--many of them with seemingly dour subjects--turn out to be.