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Sagirah Shahid, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Nora Murphy, Carolyn Holbrook, featuring Marcie Rendon

  • Poetry Asylum @ Assembly 2854 Columbus Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55407 United States (map)

Poetry Asylum Presents an unforgettable night with 5 of the most dynamic MN-based writers: Sagirah Shahid, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Nora Murphy, Carolyn Holbrook, featuring Marcie Rendon reading from her new novel, Murder on the Red River. Join us at Assembly for conversation & community! FREE & open to everyone!!

Reader Bios:


Lisa Marie Brimmer is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist working and living in Minneapolis. Fellow through the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and Playwrights’ Center, this multi-genre artist has been featured on MPR & KFAI. Her work has been performed on various stages throughout the Twin Cities like Loft’s Equilibrium, Five Watt’s 555 and Queer Voices Reading Series. 


In 2015, Carolyn Holbrook founded More Than a Single Story, a series of panel discussions/public conversations where IPOC writers discuss issues of importance to them in their own voices and in their own words. The program won a 2016 ChangeMaker award from the MN Women’s Press. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time For the Truth: Race in Minnesota (MNHS Press) and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MNHS Press). Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 and 2015. She was the 2010 recipient of the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award and, in 2016, was named one of 50 of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders in Minnesota over the age of 50 by AARP and Pollen Midwest. She teaches at Hamline University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and various community venues.


Nora Murphy is a fifth-generation Irish Minnesotan. She was born and lives in Imniża Ska, the white cliffs overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in St. Paul. She has worked and volunteered in the Native community since 1995 and has published five previous books—children’s histories, short stories, and a memoir about women’s textiles, Knitting the Threads of Time. 


Marcie Rendon, enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available. Two nonfiction children’s books are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). With four published plays she is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home… at 4 venues in 2015-16. She is a recipient of the Loft’s 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez. Additionally, her poem Wiigwaasabak was awarded a place in the St. Paul Almanac’s Impressions Project Summer 2017. 


Sagirah Shahid is a an African American Muslim poet and creative spirit. She is a 2015-2016 winner of the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series award in poetry, a 2016 winner of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Mentorship award, and a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Her poetry has been published widely, including: Mizna, Paper Darts, The Fem, The Qu, Bluestem, For Harriet and Blue Minaret Literary Journal. In addition to her creative life, Sagirah actively pursues opportunities to assert and center the joy and beauty of the many communities she loves to love on. When she isn’t hibernating with a clutch cup of coffee, you might find her collaborating with a number of arts and social change centered community organization, writing/reciting/receiving poems and the bodies they inhabit or just being weird.

Earlier Event: January 19
Kaveh Akbar & Friends