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Help bring visiting writers to prison... support the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop

The Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop brings literature to our state's correctional facilities by providing courses and establishing mentorships.  Their courses include fiction writing, essay writing, poetry, spoken word, oral story telling, children’s literature, fantasy writing, and more.  Classes vary in length and depth.  Some workshops are 12 weeks long and others meet for one day.  MPWW students are a diverse group of writers ranging from beginners who are writing for the first time to experienced writers who are already publishing.  Red Bird has partnered with the MPWW to provide chapbooks and printing services for these classes and we feel this organization serves a very important role in our community. 

MPWW has recently been awarded a grant to bring visiting writers to the prisons and they need to raise $10,000 in matching funds by November 12, 2015 in order to take full advantage of the grant.  More information on the grant and related initiative can be found here.   

Interested in learning more... The Beyond Bars: Voices of Incarceration reading will be Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Hamline University campus in Saint Paul.  

Lisa Mangini's "Bird Watching at the End of the World" published by WordTech Communications is now available from Amazon

Lisa Mangini, author of Perfect Objects in Motion and Immanuel Kant vs. God, has a poetry collection out with WordTech Communications.  

http://amzn.to/1VYgzqh

"Fabulous in their diction, the poems of Lisa Mangini present a world of sadness and grace, particle and wave. Victims of the body, shadowed by the eighth Deadly Sin--not to be loved--these lovely vessels stuffed with philosophical gleanings and lyrical meditations make possible a future for poetry, and thus, for us."
- Alan Michael Parker

 

Red Bird at the 2015 Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Festival

If you're in the area, please join us October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for the Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Festival.  We will have a table at the festival.  Come out and buy some chapbooks; meet our designers, editors, authors.  Check out the many other exhibitors.  Listen to author discussions and readings.  

The event takes place at the State Fairgrounds and is free and open to the public.  

Welcome to Red Bird's new online home...

This new site was made possible by the talent, hard work, and generosity of our community and friends.  I want to take a moment to extend my heartfelt thanks to a few key people who were instrumental in making this happen.  

Thanks to Starving Geeks – Sage Felker and Eric van der Paardt – for their technical know-how, their willingness to answer my endless questions, make changes, provide ideas, brainstorm, and to teach me how to work with this beautiful site they created.  I have learned much since we embarked on this project and am sure I will learn more as we make this a core part of our Red Bird community.  I am so grateful for all of the late nights, the countless hours, the striking new website. 

Thanks to Anna Dielschneider for her amazing vision.  In late 2014 Red Bird made an open call to our community for design of a new standard (banner) and logo.  We selected her design because we felt she so beautifully captured what we are about – the art and the words and their intersection.  The new logo and standard were unveiled during the AWP Conference in April 2015 and have received much praise.  I’m sure you can see why.  I know I did… This new imagery really deserves to be shared and it was one of the main reasons reasons I decided to embark on the website redesign.  All of us here at Red Bird really appreciate all that Anna did to capture who we are and to make us stand out so brilliantly. 

 

In the coming weeks I will continue to update the website, adding the many pages for the authors and artists and editors who have joined our community over the years and the new ones who join us in the future.  I will be adding new chapbooks as they are released – we still have several titles scheduled for publication in 2015.  And going forward I will be adding announcements, links to reviews, information about readings and events that we receive from our community. Be sure to check out our Ponderings blog for these updates and our Meet the Flock blog for more information on our editors.  

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