Kathryn Kysar

"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

Autumn 2012

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

I had a wonderful summer. I was thrilled to read in the Midway, my childhood neighborhood, in the Cracked Walnut series and at the wonderful new bookstore Subtext in St. Paul. On magical Madeline Island, I swam, wrote, and mentored at MISA. 

The fall, I am honored to be participating in two community-driven poetry projects: 100K Poets for Change and the St. Paul Almanac. In addition, I will be the featured poet in the Two Rivers Reading Series, speaking at the Community College Humanities Conference in Iowa City, reading my poem in the photography/writing anthology Intimate Landscapes, and hanging out at the Holy Cow! table at the Twin Cities Book Festival. 

Here’s my Fall/Winter schedule:

Saturday, September 22: The Carlyle, Minneapolis. Writers United for All Families fundraising reading. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration required.

Saturday, September 30:  Black Dog Café, St. Paul. 10K Poets for Change. Event runs from 4:00-9:00 p.m. I will be hosting and reading from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis. Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival. Jes Lee’s video of my poem “Hand Sisters” will be shown. Exact time of film and possible reading TBA.

Saturday, October 13: Minnesota State Fair Grounds, St. Paul. Rain Taxi Book Fair. I will be signing copies of Pretend the World at the Holy Cow! table from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15:  Common Good Books, St. Paul. St. Paul Almanac group reading. 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids. Speaking to Paige Riehl’s Introduction to Creative Writing class. 10:00-10:50 a.m.

Wednesday, November 14: Anoka-Ramsey Community College--Legacy Room, Coon Rapids.  Two Rivers Reading Series. Reading from and speaking about Pretend the World. 11:00-11:50 a.m. and 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Thursday, November 15: Metropolitan State College--Gordon Parks Gallery, St. Paul. Show and reception for Intimate Landscapes anthology. 5:00-7:00 p.m. (No author appearance.)

Monday, November 19: Claddagh Coffee, St. Paul. Saint Paul Almanac group reading. 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 6: The Maeve Sessions. Minneapolis. With Leslie Adrienne Miller and others. More information soon.

Monday, December 10: Hamline Branch Public library, St. Paul. With Leslie Adrienne Miller and Katrina Vandenberg. 7:00 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday March 6-9, 2013: Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston.  Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conferene. I am presenting on two panels: “Blurring Boundaries: Mothers Writing From Home” and “Preparing for Liftoff: The Launch Event. Dates and times TBA.
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