Featured Readings | Visiting Writers

Bringing Local & National Voices Together

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BORDErs, Race, privilege, myths…& the mFA: featuring visiting writer asiya wadud | ray gonzalez | Douglas kearney | v. v. ganeshananthan

Please join us at Moon Palace Books to welcome our esteemed guests: legend Ray Gonzalez, brilliant V.V Sugi Ganeshananthan, and new poetry faculty member & rockstar Douglas Kearney from the University of Minnesota’s MFA Program!! ALSO, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome Brooklyn-based poet & friend Asiya Wadud whose debut poetry collection “Crosslight for Youngbird” (Nightboat Books) was just released on October 2, 2018––hot off the press!!! Read about Asiya’s next two books (!!!) and other amazing projects here.

Each luminous writer will read from their rich body of work, then they will sit with Sun Yung Shin to have a conversation about race, borders & myths, how these things relate to MFA programs, and if MFA programs are just extensions of white supremacy b/c academia & b/c racism. There may also be a post-reading afterparty at an intimate location, TBD.

FREE & open to everyone!! Moon Palace Books serves the best pizza in town ; beer & wine; vegan options. Grab dinner while witnessing some pure genius then buy Asiya’s book!


DREAMY DREAMERS, featuring south dakota poet laureate lee ann roripaugh | D. ALLEN | tiana clark | donte collins | jay labbe | chaun webster

Please join us to welcome our esteemed guests: South Dakota Poet Laureate (& Milkweed Editions poet) Lee Ann Roripaugh, the incandescent Tiana Clark (currently a fellow at WICW) & New Haven-based poet Jason Labbe to Minneapolis! Joining them are our local superstars: St. Paul's inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Donte Collins & our amazing friends D. Allen& Chaun Webster––all three poets with newly published or upcoming books. FREE & open to everyone!!

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Marcie rendon | Carolyn Holbrook | nora murphy | Lisa marie brimmer | sagirah shahid

Poetry Asylum Presents an unforgettable night with five 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!!

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Kaveh Akbar & Friends

We are delighted (ok, ecstatic) to welcome poet Kaveh Akbar to the Twin Cities for a one-night surprise reading with friends at Moon Palace Books on Friday, January 19th! The reading will feature wondrous MN-based poets: Roy Guzman, Gretchen Marquette, Hieu Minh Nguyen with our very special guest, Kaveh Akbar & Poetry Asylum founders, Sun Yung Shin & Su Hwang, FREE & open to everyone!!