Required Reading: We Were Eight Years in Power

Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist . . . [Ta-Nehisi Coates] reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath, and his own evolution as a writer in eight stunningly incisive essays.

Democracy in America

The U.S. political system’s philosophy as described in the Constitution is that sovereignty ultimately resides with the citizenry. The public reserves the right to know what our elected officials are doing and decide whether they are getting the job done. The media, as provided by the first amendment, assist the public in developing those judgements. […]

Threnody Book Release October 27th

Please join me in celebrating the release of my new book Threnody at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Thursday, October 27th with special guest and Twin Cities music vet Wendy Lewis.

The Nigthtboat Interviews

In eight interviews featuring authors published by Nightboat Books, Andy Fitch offers a comprehensive oral history of the diverse output of this decade old featured in the 2016 Summer Online Edition of Rain Taxi.

A Dream That Doesn’t Fit on Your Ballot

At the People’s Summit last month in Chicago, Naomi Klein praised Bernie Saunders for reshaping the debate over neoliberalism and so-called free trade agreements. “He forced Hillary to love to the left,” she said “and we also saw that Donald Trump had to throw out the rule book–the neoliberal rule book, trashed free trade agreements, promised […]

Required Reading: The Writing Class by Jaswinder Bolina

A compelling essay on privilege, the AWP-industrial complex and why poetry doesn’t seem to matter. Read it here.

Making sense of the Keystone XL oil pipeline

A story that ran on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered yesterday discussed the history, political tension and symbolism surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline. Near the end of the clip, NPR reporter Jeff Brady is asked by host Robert Seagull why the Keystone pipeline is significant. Brady says the pipeline has been made important by environmentalists […]

Harvest Target

A few years ago, I was escorting the wonderful writer Terry Tempest Williams to a reading in Minneapolis. She had just come from a Bureau of Land Management meeting in Washington, D.C. with the (then) newly-elected Barack Obama. In the elevator at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, she began talking about the meeting, saying what struck […]

Required Reading: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

If you read only one book this year, please let it be this one. This Changes Everything is so large in scope and ambition that it is difficult to succinctly describe, but those familiar with Klein’s work will recognize her method from previous books–to take a scourge–“the fiction of perpetual growth on a finite planet”–trace […]

Get Ready to March!

Rolling Stone just published an important new article from 350.0rg co-founder Bill McKibben. Read and share. Get ready to march September 20th in New York City.

Show Your Support for Hamline Adjunct Faculty

Anatomy of a letter

A wonderful blog post written by my colleague (and fellow adjunct) David Weiss on recent response from members of Hamline’s administration to adjunct faculty’s efforts to form a union on campus.

MN Daily coverage on move to unionize at Hamline and Macalester

A recent story on the union movements to unionize at Hamline and Macalester here: with a helpful bar graph outlining the range of adjunct salaries at universities across Minnesota.

Adjunct Action

I am proud to be a part of a nationwide movement to help organize adjunct professors to address the crisis in higher education and the troubling trend to marginalized teaching faculty that endangers our profession. Yesterday, faculty members at Macalester College and Hamline University both announced plans to petition for a unionization vote at a […]

Open Source Bee Hives

A wonderful and inspiring project on Indiegogo created by a team of ecologists, beekeepers, makers, engineers and open source advocates who believe that all citizens, rather than government or corporations can solve colony collapse by taking action together. Inspiring! More info here

Review of Dirge/Elementary Rituals (Albion Books)

Thanks to Caroline Wilkinson and DIAGRAM for publishing this insightful review

12 or 20/ Interview with Rob McClennan

Thanks here, to Rob Mcclennan who tirelessly interviews and promotes the work of other poets. It is deeply appreciated. Read his interview with me here.

The Long Tail

A new review of The Truant Lover recently posted here on Rob McLennan’s interesting blog got me thinking about Chris Martin’s article published in Wired magazine some years ago. While poetry has never really thrived within (what Martin refers to as) hit-driven economics, it never ceases to amaze me that a volume of poetry can find new readers many […]


The Minnesota Senate on Monday joined the House in approving a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Gov. Mark Dayton will sign the bill into law Tuesday, May 14th. Minnesota will be the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage and the first Midwestern state to do so via legislative action. Thank you Minnesota for the freedom to […]

EPA Releases Harsh review of Keystone XL Pipeline

An excellent account of the EPA’s assessment of the State Department’s environmental impact review of the Keystone Pipeline XL from the Lost Angeles Times here

April is National Poetry Month

Show your LOVE next month and get out to a POETRY reading. Here’s a few events to put on your radar: Saturday April 12th, 7:30 PM Rachel Moritz/Juliet Patterson Form + Content Gallery/210 2nd Street N/ Mpls Monday, April 15th, 7 PM Jane Hirshfield Plymouth Congregational Church/1900 Nicollet/Mpls Tuesday April 16th, 7:00 PM William Stobb, […]

Keystone XL Whitewash

Despite Obama’s recent tough talk on confronting climate change, the State Department has just issued a review of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that ignores disastrous impacts on our climate. Please urge President Obama to deliver on his promise to address climate change and reject his flawed review. Sign a petition on Natural […]

Upcoming Readings and Events

April may be the cruelest month, but it’s also National Poetry Month. Come out and celebrate the abundant literary talent in the Twin Cities: April 12: Form + Content Gallery//reading with Rachel Moritz April 15: William Stobb, William Waltz, Rachel Moritz and Sun Yung Shin// Subtext Books April 27: with Kate Greenstreet//location: TBA May 10: […]

Join The #ForwardOnClimate Rally on 2.17.13

At Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action. The first step to putting our country on the […]

Indiegogo Sinkhole Campaign a success

Sinkhole: A Natural History of a Suicide campaign ended yesterday, with 100% of funding goal reached. To say that I’m grateful for all contributions made is an understatement. I’m humbled and moved by the generosity of spirit and support that is alive and well within our community. Thank you everyone. Special acknowledgment to Jane Green, […]

Jean Valentine-This World Company

I’m thrilled to be one of many contributors to a recent collection of essays on the work of Jean Valentine. Over the course of more than four decades, contemporary American poet Jean Valentine has written eleven books of stunning, spirit-inflected poetry. This collection of essays, assembled over several years by Kazim Ali and John Hoppenthaler, […]