The Banfill-Locke Center is one of the essential centers for Twin Cities arts, regularly hosting readings and other special events in our community. This month we see three poets performing:
Florence Chard Dacey is a poet, author and creative writing teacher. Educated at St. Louis and Stanford universities, she served in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and raised three children before focusing full-time on writing, teaching, and working for more vital rural communities. She is the author of four poetry collections—Rock Worn by Water, The Swoon, The Necklace, and Maynard Went this Way—and the libretto for the opera Lightning, performed by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, and the recipient of Loft-McKnight and Nimrod-Hardman awards in poetry.
Freya Manfred has published five books of poetry—A Goldenrod Will Grow, Yellow Squash Woman, American Roads, My Only Home, and Swimming with a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, and a literary memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers. She has received a Harvard/Radcliffe Fellow In Poetry Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Minnesota Poetry Award and a Tozer Foundation Award, and has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony.
Joyce Sutphen lives in Chaska and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is the author of Naming the Stars (2003); Straight Out of View (Beacon Press, 1995), winner of the 1994 Barnard New Women Poets Prize; and Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Water~Stone, Hayden's Ferry, Shenandoah, Luna, and others.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this one because I am reading at DreamHaven Books that same day. But if you're near the Banfill-Locke that evening, these are also good writers to catch!