The Imaginary Press Reading Series

The press is imaginary. The poets are real.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Delayed Farewell

Thanks to everyone who made the Imaginary Press Series a blast during its run. I'm leaving the blog up as a memento of several outstanding readings (though I do not know why I can't delete my personal bio on the sidebar. That bothers me.)

If you are looking for a great Twin Cities series, seek the Pocket Lab! Or Riot Act! Or Rain Taxi!

Friday, February 20, 2009

March 8 -- It's a special Sunday Imaginary Press!!

Join us at Diamond's Coffee Shop at 7:30 for this very special event:

A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin, Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems, Glass (Pecan Grove, 2000), At Once (University of Tampa, 2004) and The Second Reason (Tampa, 2007). Her work has been featured on public buses in downtown Austin through the Poetry in Motion Program, on the walls of the Blanton Museum of Art and on stage with Texas Art and Letters Live. New poems and essays have been recently published or are forthcoming from American Poetry Review, AGNI, Massachusetts Review, the Texas Observer and Bat City Review. She lives in downtown San Antonio and teaches at Trinity University.

Jen March loves when spring sneaks in between the cold days of February. She loves Sylvia Plath. She loves reading poetry, sitting by books, walking around books, eating good food, drinking good wine, and sharing life with good people. She received her MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and she was the recipient of a 2006 Latitudes Grant from Mizna: A Forum for Arab American Art. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Mizna Journal, What Light: An Anthology from, Freshwater, and Flurry. She currently teaches English at Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

Paula Cisewski is... okay, this is me. What am I doing reading in my own reading series? Well, folks, I have a new little chapbook out from MaCaHu Press called Two Museums that I would like to share with you. I also would like to introduce you to my two new fellow Imaginary Press cohorts. That's right. Imaginary Press has become a TEAM!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Stay Tuned...

Imaginary Press is changing a bit, but please check in. Information will be coming soon about an OUTSTANDING March reading/event.

Friday, October 24, 2008

November 14th: come enjoy the last Imaginary Press of fall!!

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a poet based in Berkeley. He is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and Sorcery (Dusie). He teaches in the graduate writing program at California College of the Arts, where he is the faculty editor of Eleven Eleven. With Caroline Goodwin and Mary Behm-Steinberg, he is the publisher of MaCaHu Press.

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in northern Virginia, Naca earned her B.A. at University of Washington, an M.A. in English Linguistics at University of Cincinnati, and MFA at University of Pittsburgh. In 2008, she graduated with a Ph.D. from University of Nebraska. Naca is also a member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop, in San Antonio, Texas, the city where she has resided for the past two years. This year, she teaches poetics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her book of poems, BIRD EATING BIRD, was a selection for the National Poetry Series and will appear with Harper Perennial in Fall 2009.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

October 17th Updates


We have two amazing poets in a new, amazing venue for October:

Brenda Iijima is the author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press) and Around Sea (O Books). If Not Metamorphic was runner up for the Sawtooth Prize and will be published by Ahsahta Press. Also forthcoming is revv. you’ll—ution which will be published by Displaced Press. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs ( Together with Evelyn Reilly she is editing a collection of essays by poets concerning poetry and ecological ethics titled, )((eco (lang)(uage(reader). She is the art editor for Boog City as well as a visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn , New York where she designs and constructs homeopathic gardens.

Poet, critic, and translator G. E. Patterson grew up along the Mississippi River and was educated in the mid-South, the Midwest, the Northeast, and the western United States. His collections of poetry include To and From (Ahsahta Press, 2008), and his first book, Tug (1999), won the Minnesota Book Award. His work has also appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Bum Rush the Page, Poetry 180, American Letters and Commentary, Fence, Five Fingers Review, nocturnes: (re)view of the arts, Seneca Review, Open City, XcP: Cross Cultural Poetics, and the webzine of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, Poems and Poets. Patterson's awards include fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem, the Djerassi Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. After living in the Northeast and on the West Coast, he now makes his home in Minnesota, where he teaches.

Come celebrate their work at our new location, Diamonds Coffee Shoppe. This is my favorite neighborhood spot with a back "vault" to keep our verse safe! Besides for coffee, they've got beer and wine and snacks and the best iced chai in town.

Can't wait to see you there!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Here's Matt Hart:

Here's Sun Yung Shin:
Here's Karen Carcia:

reading for Imaginary Press last Saturday. It was a really beautiful night. We were so very lucky to have them read their beautiful words about Satan and Todd Rungren and small animals and birds.

Here are some friends and poets mingling around the salon, awaiting the event.
And here are some happy friends and poets savoring the event once it was done.

Do you know what? I have yet to post these photos of last spring's fantastic final reading, when Melanie Figg:

And Rauan Klassnik:

read for Imaginary Press. Was that in the days when the sun stayed up past 8:00pm, or was it their illumination? Hmmm.....

Friday, August 22, 2008

Please allow me to introduce you to Karen, Matt and Sun Yung.

On Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 PM at the Jon Oulman Salon, it shall be these three amazing poets who will be reading their work:

Karen Carcia's poems have appeared in Conduit; Forklift, Ohio; Field;
Born magazine; Diagram; and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in creative
writing from Indiana University and a PhD in creative writing from
Western Michigan University. She currently teaches as professor of
English at Southeast Missouri State University.

Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and three chapbooks: Revelated (Hollyridge Press, 2005), Sonnet (H_NGM_N Books, 2006) and Simply Rocket (Lame House Press, 2007). A collaborative chapbook, Deafening Leafening, with poet Ethan Paquin, is forthcoming from Pilot Books. Additionally, his work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Jubilat, and Octopus. He lives and teaches in Cincinnati where he edits Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety.

Sun Yung Shin is a 2007 Bush Artist Fellow for Literature and author of the collection of poems Skirt Full of Black (Coffee House Press 2007); co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writings on Transracial Adoption; (South End Press 2006) and author of Cooper’s Lesson (Children's Book Press 2004) a bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children. She's currently working on her second book of poems with the working title THE INVISIBLE CHOIR and a memoir of her immigration and naturalization. Her website is