an Evening with Louise K. Waakaa’igan
Guest poets Heid E. Erdrich, Su Hwang and Paige Riehl will join Louise K. Waakaa’igan via Zoom and Facebook Live, to read poems and talk about the important work poetry does to liberate us and to connect us. Also joining the conversation will be central Minnesota Somali-American poets Abdi Mahad, Anisa Hagi-Mohammed, and Halima Hagi-Mohammed.
April 8, 2021 at 7 pm
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About Louise K. Waakaa’igan
Louise K. Waakaa’igan is enrolled at Odaawaa Zaaga ‘iganiing (Lac Courte Oreielles Reservation) in northern Wisconsin. Louise is the recipient of the 2017 PEN Poetry Prize for her first-place poem, “This is Where.” She is also the first-place winner of the Minnesota Prison Writing Wrokshop’s Broadside Competition (2016). Louise’s work has been prviously published in PEN America, 21 Mythologies, The Moon Magazine, 27th Letter, Words in Gray Scale, and Doors Adjacent. She was released in early 2020 from the Shakopee Correctional Institution in Minnesota.
This is Where: the reading adventure central Minnesota is talking about
In this eagerly anticipated volume Anishinaabekwe poet Louise K. Waakaa’igan lets us hear the “winds of flutes” even as she writes from “concrete plains” of prison. In the tradition of political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Marilyn Buck, this poet lets word fly through and beyond prison walls. A multilayered origin story, This is Where refuses to duck the contradictions of time, place, belonging. She writes, “I’m from women with the same last name / and a father/ none of us knew.”–Introduction by Becky Thompson.
This program is designed to help us build a stronger, healthier community through meaningful connection. This is Where!
This Is Where Book Discussion
a hybrid in-person & Zoom event
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 10am
Whitney Senior Center, Saint Cloud
Discussion lasts 90 minutes. Call 320-255-7245 to join the in person discussion at Whitney Senior Center. Or join on Zoom using this link:
Meeting ID 844 0824 7924 Passcode 175951
Let’s use our imaginations to conjure joy— even in the face of loneliness, fear, and grief— assisted by a gifted weaver of words and her heart-searing, inspiring poems. Read and discuss This is Where by Louise K. Waakaa’igan, a small volume of 25 poems selected for “Read Poetry 2021.” The program is co-sponsored by Lyricality and Great River Regional Library. Tracy Rittmueller, an award winning poet and Director of Lyricality, will facilitate the discussion.