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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.  


"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.  


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