The Imaginary Press Reading Series

The press is imaginary. The poets are real.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Can you believe our luck??

The next Imaginary Press event takes place in just over two weeks! November 10th at 7:30pm to be exact. We wanted to be sure you had enough time to plan for/relish in/freak out about your holiday season, as the case may be.

Who shall be reading you ask? Excellent question, and one that I'm thrilled to answer:

Rachel Moritz's poetry chapbook, The Winchester Monologues, won the 2005 New Michigan Press Competition. Her poems have appeared recently in ColoradoReview, Denver Quarterly, How2, Indiana Review, typo and other journals. She co-edits WinteRed Press, a poetry chaplet pubisher(; she also edits, with Juliet Patterson, poetry for Konundrum Literary Engine(

Juliet Patterson's first book, The Truant Lover, was selected by Jean Valentine as the 2004 winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Bellingham Review, Bloom, Conduit, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, The Journal,Verse and other magazines. She is the recipient of a SASE/Jerome fellowship in poetry, a 2004 fellowship with the Institute for Community and Cultural Development through Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, and an arts fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches poetry and creative writing in Minneapolis through the College of St. Catherine, Hamline University, The Loft Literary Center, and the Perpich Center for Arts Education. She lives near the west bank of the Mississippi in Minneapolis and edits poetry for the Konudrum Engine Literary Review with Rachel Moritz.

(Juliet's photo wouldn't get any bigger for me, so I put in two because they're nice.)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Last Friday's Event

I am a little late getting to this, but may I just make clear how amazing last Friday's reading by John Colburn and Sarah Fox was. I wish so earnestly that I had filmed the entire event, which they staged as a series of prepositionally phrased dialogues (on, under, around) salvia divinorum. They read their conversations, which included readings from the likes of Gaston Bachelard and Dale Pendell, and then finished with one lovely poem a piece.

I think no one was expecting this. And that's what made it so wonderful and what makes me so grateful to them.

See, in addition to giving a performance space to emerging poets who might grace the Twin Cities for periods of greater or lesser permanency, I have had this image of this reading series being a place for poets to stretch the boundaries of what a poetry reading "is". And Sarah and John did that so interestingly. I feel, in a way, that they did us all a service.