About Suspension Poetry Collection--Though the book is called Suspension, there is no hesitation here in how Paige Riehl describes the complicated, outrageous, glorious, and grief-stricken world in which we all live. The subjects are varied—love, children, illness, travel—but the voice speaking the poems goes unfailingly to the challenges of our 21st-century western world. The poems often afford a resolution, no matter how momentary. There is rawness here as well as delight. Perhaps most telling, the book is a sustained meditation on love in its many guises. As such, it is a gift, and it is our luck as readers to be its recipients.
Paige Riehl is the author of the poetry collection Suspension (Terrapin Books, 2018) and the poetry chapbook Blood Ties (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications such as Artful Dodge, Crab Orchard Review, Water-Stone Review, Portland Review, and Meridian. She won the 2011 Literal Latte Prize for Poetry, the 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, and was a 2016 & 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the Poetry Editor for Midway Journal, a poetry mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and an English faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where she is Chair of the Two Rivers Reading Series.
Deborah Keenan is the author of ten collections of poetry and a book of writing ideas, from tiger to prayer. she taught in the MFA program at Hamline University for 30 years, and has taught at the Loft every year since it was invented. Her new manuscripts are The Saint of Everything, and John Brandon's Sentences. She lives and works in beautiful, mysterious St. Paul.
Lia Rivamonte lives with her husband, Matt Brown, in the Little Bohemia neighborhood of St. Paul. Originally from the SF Bay Area, she came to the Twin Cities to work as an actor at Mixed Blood Theatre. She completed an MFA Studio Arts degree at the U of M planning to paint and teach, and along the way learned to administer and advocate for the arts more generally. She served as executive director of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts from 2000 to 2013, and is, currently, Mixed Blood’s development manager. Her writing life began at a Loft Asian Inroads Mentor program many years ago with mentor, Evalina Chao. She has been working on a novel that takes place in the Philippines and in the Twin Cities set in the 1980’s. She is grateful to the Minnesota State Arts Board and the MRAC Next Step grant for support her writing ambitions and to the Bayless Poets for allowing her to sit with them once a month. Her upcoming poetry chapbook, Tell Me When You Get There, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2019.
Mariela Lemus is an MFA candidate in poetry and a graduate instructor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches writing. When not consumed with grading, she reads for Midway Journal as an assistant poetry editor and also works as the program coordinator for the nonprofit, Detroit-based Sphinx Organization. Her work can be found at journals such as Third Point Press, Barzakh, and Flypaper Magazine, among others.
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