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Carol Allis, Kathleen Weihe, and John Medeiros read from their new poetry

Common Good Books keeps it local when poets from Minneapolis and Minnetonka come to St Paul for a night of Minnesota poetry.


“Is there poetry for ordinary people?” begins Carol Allis’ new book of poetry. “People who don‘t have time to analyze a line to death … who think in poetry every day... catching lines on the fly... that kind of poetry.” Poems for Ordinary People--about life in the trenches and the things that mean most to us--is written in a spare, down-to-earth style. She hopes to help bring ordinary people back to poetry.

Carol Allis has been writing poetry since her father gave her anUnderwood typewriter when she was seven. She lives in Minnetonka, with two cats and a herd of deranged squirrels. By day, she writes for a living for Hennepin County Public Affairs, paring down governmentalese into words the world can understand.


Kathleen Weihe’s poems range through the territory of American culture--societal rules of childhood, parenting, living; addictions, excesses, illness; relationships, the natural world, and beauty. She believes in Jane Hirschfield’s words: “Journey far enough in the terrain of language, and the heart will begin to speak.”

Kathleen Weihe lives with her husband, their dog, and two rescue birds in Minneapolis. She teaches composition at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and has taught poetry classes at The Loft. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, and she has received an artist’s assistance fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Loft-McKnight Award for poetry, and has participated in the Loft’s Mentor Program. Kathleen received an M.F.A. from Hamline University.


"Twins and lovers, halves and doubles, echoes and refrains, diptychs and couplets: thus we see our world reflected and refracted in all of its complexity in John Medeiros’ stunning new collection. couplets for a shrinking world brilliantly displays how the best poetry is always two things at once, both gorgeously musical and painfully taut, imperfect bodies mirrored in liberated souls, voices divided by conflicted feeling and yet ultimately joined in a singular and empathetic wisdom."--Rafael Campo, author of The Other Man Was Me, The Enemy and What the Body Told

John Medeiros is a poet and memoirist whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals. He is the author of couplets for a shrinking world (North Star Press, 2012) and is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board grants; a Jerome Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers; Gulf Coast's First Place Nonfiction Award; and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays of 2006. He is the curator of Queer Voices: A GLBT Reading Series, a reading series for queer writers sponsored by Intermedia Arts and Hamline University. More information about him can be found at his website,
Event date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
55105 Saint Paul
Poems for Ordinary People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878395828
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - June 1st, 2012

Unless You Count Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878396122
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Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - June 1st, 2012

Couplets for a Shrinking World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878396009
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Published: North Star Press of St. Cloud - June 1st, 2012