Looking Back on 2016

2016 was a busy year for everyone here at Red Bird.

We saw our flock change – saying goodbye to some great colleagues and welcoming new ones.  We started an internship program.  We celebrated the achievements of many talented authors – from new releases to grants and awards to radio appearances.  ...

Book Launch - Joan Johnson will read from An Alphabet for Aging on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Please join Joan Johnson and Red Bird Chapbooks to celebrate the release of Joan's new collection An Alphabet for Aging on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Avenue, Room 101
Saint Paul MN 55105


Inside the broken-necked chapel, kneeling in the debris of other people’s faith, she held up a stained glass fragment outlining Mary's perfect suffering.

“I could be like this for you,” she said. “I could mourn you so hard it would bring you back.”

I saw her then, in blue, lips bit ragged and bleeding, eyes luminous with the power of a loss unaccepted. A sunrise or bomb blast would turn the world into her halo.

But there, in the church, she brushed dust from her cheek with a pilled sweater sleeve, then held the colored glass flat between her palms. It disappeared like a street magician's trick.

She was supposed to wink. I was supposed to clap. But I took her empty hands in my own and to anyone looking through the rafters’ gaps, it would seem like we were praying.

Samuel Snoek-Brown is featured in an interview with Michigan Quarterly Review

Samuel Snoek-Brown, author of Where There is Ruin, is featured in an interview with Michigan Quarterly Review.  He discusses some of the stories in the collection, his writing process and other projects he's working on.  You can check out the full interview here:


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