Roster of Poets for Collaborative Communal Poetry
Read Poetry Minnesota 2021
Until all possibility of COVID-19 exposure in public gatherings is past, the following poets are willing to volunteer their services for online/virtual collaboration only.
Please email your request to LyricalityMN@gmail.com . Specify the name of the poet you would prefer to collaborate with. Provide meeting date, time, and platform/format you will be using. Include 2 alternate poets, to expedite the process of finding a poet whose availability matches your schedule.
Candace Black is a Professor in the Department of English at Minnesota State University Mankato and Director of the Good Thunder Reading Series. A poet and creative nonfiction writer, she has published two books of poetry— Whereabouts (Snake River Press, 2017) and The Volunteer (New Rivers Press, 2003)—and a poetry chapbook, Casa Marina (RopeWalk Press, 2010). Individual poems and essays have been published in many journals, including Hubbub, New Madrid, Ninth Letter, Pinyon, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Turnrow, War, Literature and the Arts, Willow Springs, The Writer’s Almanac.
Micki Blenkush lives in St. Cloud, MN and works as a social worker. She was selected as a 2017-2018 fellow in poetry for the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series program and was a 2015 recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant awarded by the Central MN Arts Board. Her writing has recently appeared in: Josephine Quarterly, Gyroscope Review, Star 82 Review, West Texas Review, Postcard Poems and Prose, Metafore, The McNeese Review, Typishly, Cagibi, and Crab Creek Review. Visit Micki’s website: mickiblenkush.com
Larry Schug is retired from a life of various kinds of physical labor, including 34 years as Groundskeeper and Recycling coordinator at the College of St. Benedict. He currently volunteers as a tutor in the CSB/SJU Writing Centers and in various ways at Outdoor U. at St. John’s. He’s published eight books of poems, the most recent being A Blanket of Raven Feathers with North Star Press. Larry has won two Central Minnesota Arts Board Individual Artist awards, a 2014 Central Minnesota Arts Board Established Artist award and a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Writers award. He lives in St. Wendel Township, just outside of St. Joseph. Visit Larry’s website: larryschugpoet.com
Beth Spencer enjoys living in Minnesota. She has published a chapbook, “Mill Door” and her first poetry book, “C- in Conduct.” She has been published in Wisconsin Review, Rag Mag, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, Carve magazine, among others. Her essay on teaching appeared in a Geraldine R Dodge project, A Passion for Teaching. Beth and her husband have hosted five international students for one year each. Beth has won awards for teaching and counseling and she has enjoyed the tutoring training she has received through the Minnesota Literacy Council. She lives a few months each year in San Miguel de Allende, MX where she enjoys the contrast between the Minnesota winters and those of central Mexico and where she continues to struggle to learn Spanish.
Richard Robbins is a Professor in the Department of English at Minnesota State University Mankato, Director of Graduate Studies and Distinguished University Scholar. Lynx House Press recently published his sixth book of poems, Body Turn to Rain: New & Selected Poems. He has received awards or residencies from The Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and Willapa Bay AiR. Visit Richard’s website: richardrobbinspoems.com
Richard Terrill is the author of What Falls Away Is Always: Poems & Conversations, as well as five previous books including Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Nonfiction. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin and Minnesota State Arts Boards, the Jerome Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as three Fulbright Fellowships. Work has appeared in journals such as Iowa Review, Georgia Review, North American Review, River Teeth, New Letters, Fourth Ienre, and Crazyhorse. He is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State, Mankato, where he was Distinguished Faculty Scholar, and currently works as a jazz saxophone player. He lives in Minneapolis. Visit Richard’s website: richardterrill.com