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Packed house at the ArtWords / Ivory Tower party on Wednesday, April 27, at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. Thanks to all for coming!

Crowd IT 2016

KARE 11 television’s morning news program featured the upcoming Ivory Tower and ArtWords party on their Coffee with KARE segment:http://www.kare11.com/entertainment/television/programs/coffee-with-kare/ivory-tower-launch-party-is-april-27/141001017

The English Department where I work at the University of Minnesota is requesting funds to make a much needed move to Pillsbury Hall, and they are getting wonderful support from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press:  http://www.twincities.com/2016/04/15/beeson-omari-preparing-minnesotas-future-thinkers-leaders-creators/  and the Minneapolis Star Tribune:  http://www.startribune.com/renewal-of-a-pivotal-building-at-the-u-deserves-legislative-support/364185051/

Thanks, University of Minnesota Bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union, for including my book Rancho Nostalgia in a display for National Poetry Month!  http://www.bookstores.umn.edu/stores/coffman.html#.VwmRD6uCzdk


Mark your calendar: April 27, 6:00 p.m., at the Weisman Art Museum: Ivory Tower 2016 publication party. Free and open to the public, this event spotlights student art, music, and creative writing at the University of Minnesota. Come hear the winners of the ArtWords contest perform. Includes free food from Surdyk’s. See our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713585055550819/

Ivory Tower ArtWords flier

Sharing a “golden oldie,” courtesy of Lambda Literary Review: “A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter”: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/poetry-spotlight/03/03/james-cihlar-a-conversation-with-my-imaginary-daughter/

The 2016 Backwaters Prize is now open for submissions! Submit your poetry manuscript here: https://thebackwaterspress.submittable.com/submit This year’s judge is Henri Cole. The winner receives $2,000 plus book publication. Previous winners include Kim Garcia, Katharine Whitcomb, Zeina Hashem Beck, Susan Elbe, Aaron Anstett, and more. The deadline is May 31.

Check out my article on collectible McCoy Pottery in the March 2016 edition of The Old Times: https://issuu.com/theoldtimes/docs/old_times_v26_n03_mar_2016/15?e=0


New poems forthcoming this spring in Lambda Literary Review, Nimrod, The Adroit Journal, and more!

The Backwaters Prize will open for submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts on April 1, 2016, and will run until May 31. Our judge this year is Henri Cole: http://henricole.com  Read more about the prize and check out this brief interview with me on Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/interview/?id=7252

It’s a book! Thanks to Georgia Greeley and Artichoke Press. Picked up my author copies of this limited edition, artist-made chapbook of What My Family Used. We’re planning an event for May–stay tuned! http://www.georgiaagreeley-artichokepress.com/Artichoke_Press/Home.html


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