Kathryn Kysar

Spring/ Pretend the World

Welcome to my website. In the Look, Read, and Listen areas, you will find artwork, articles, reviews, and videos for my first book of poetry, Dark Lake, my anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers and my new book of poetry, Pretend the World.

Excerpts from some recent reviews of Pretend the World:
"Balancing the delicate acts of loving and grieving, Kathryn Kysar microscopes the world of modern woman/motherhood."/Poetry Foundation
"Lovely chronicles of everyday life."/Minneapolis Star and Tribune
"The gems in this collection are plenty and shiny."/Hazel and Wrenn
"Her poems here, like Whitman's, are at once deeply personal and expansive."/Knight Foundation

Here are my spring events for this spring in the Twin Cities and Chicago:

Through Monday, January 30th--Unity Unitarian, St. Paul--The Pretend the World art exhibit featuring the work of Jes Lee, Jan Elftmann, Philip Noyed, and David Malcolm Scott is on view

Wednesday, February 8--Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis--Ed Bok Lee's writing class

Friday, February 10--Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis, 11:00-11:50 a.m.--Scott Stankey's Minnesota Authors class

Wednesday, February 29--Women and Children First, Chicago, 7:30 p.m.--AWP Women's Caucus Poetry Reading with Cynthia Hogue, Patricia Smith, Martha Collins, Keli Stewart, and Lois Roma-Deeley

Thursday, March 1 --Harold Washington College, Chicago, 7:00 p.m.--Two Year College Caucus Reading

Saturday, March 3-- AWP Bookfair, Hilton Hotel, Chicago, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.--Signing Pretend the World at the Two Year College Caucus Table

Wednesday, March 7--North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis, 10:00 a.m.--Meet the Authors reading series

Thursday, March 8--University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, 3:25-5:00 p.m.--Roseann Lloyd's class to discuss my food essays and poems

Thursday, April 12--ArtStart Gallery, St. Paul, 7:00 p.m.---A reading with Philip Bryant; Pretend the World photographs and videos by Jes Lee

Tuesday, April 17--Century College, St. Paul, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25--Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis, Legacy Room, 5:30-6:20 p.m.--Spring English Department Faculty Reading with Susan Dunn, Scott Wrobel, and Kathie Weihe

Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20--Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis-- Poetry Festival--Panel on collaboration

During the last week of July, the height of summer, I will be teaching a poetry workshop entitled Writing the World Around Us at Madeline Island School of the Arts. We will write in the morning, then bike, hike, swim, kayak, and lay on the beach (with notebooks, of course) in the afternoon. I hear the food is fantastic--meals will emphasize fresh and local food-- and the accommodations affordable. Undergraduate and graduate credit available through UMD for the workshop.

And in the fall, I am honored to be the guest poet for the Two Rivers Reading Series at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. (Date TBA)

Contact me if you'd like to add an event to this list!

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