Red Bird Author Reading at Artista Bottega - Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Artista Bottega
937 7th Street West
Saint Paul MN 55102

Five local Red Bird authors share their work. This is a night of fictions and truths, poetics and candor. Please join these writers in celebration of their work:

JoAnn Bren Guernsey
Andy Hjelmeland
Haley Lasché
Francine Marie Tolf
Emily Urness

JoAnn Bren Guernsey is the author of 19 published books for children and young adults (both fiction and nonfiction). In addition, she collaborated with fellow Minnesotan Jim Brandenburg to write four books for young readers chronicling his adventures as a wildlife photographer. Her literary novel, Glass Asylum (for which she received a McKnight Fellowship in 2003) was published by North Star Press of St. Cloud in 2011. Several of her short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies, and three were collected as a Red Bird Chapbook entitled Tangled Strings.

As a young man, Andy Hjelmeland spent many years in correctional facilities. He began writing in prison, and has published articles in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The Nation, Mother Earth News, and Mpls-St Paul Magazine. His books for young readers include Drinking and Driving, Kids in Jail, and Prisons. His Red Bird Chapbook entitled “Misfit” is an excerpt from his unpublished memoir about misspent youth and eventual redemption.

Haley Lasché is a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher and a college writing instructor. Her poems have appeared in lit mags, anthologies and websites such as Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Hartskill Review and Dossier Journal. She has her MFA from Hamline University.

Francine Marie Tolf has published two full length poetry collections as well as a memoir, an essay collection, and a number of chapbooks including Eighteen Poems to God and a Poem to Satan by Redbird Chapbooks of Minnesota. Her work has been published widely in journals including Water-StonePoetry East,Under the SunChristian Century and Contrary Magazine.   Francine has a new chapbook of poems coming out from Red Bird in 2016.  More about her at

Emily Urness has a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia. She enjoys teaching writing workshops. She has worked as an editorial staff member for several literary publications. Her humor chapbook Self Help Attempts was published by Red Bird Chapbooks. She was awarded a McKnight Established Artist grant, and she was a finalist for the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series. Her latest publication was a memoir story in Hippocampus Magazine. Currently she is writing poetry, learning about minimalism, and reading lots of books.