Saturday, January 31st 7:00pm
Join us for the first event for the release of Merle Hanson's first collection of stories and essays, "Portraits." You may have be familiar with some of Merle's pieces, as some have been previously published in local newspapers.
Merle will read a few pieces as well as discuss his work with attendees. This is a great opportunity to come out in support of one of our own local writers!
I like to go on vacation. Leave the world I’m in and find a different place. Vacate all the things I felt, believed and thought. It is hard to shut off the brain. We spend most of our day thinking, often too busy to ever think about what we saw and heard that wasn’t in front of us. Life keeps rolling and pretty soon we are getting ready to die never having lived.
There are many windows upon life, and in Winona town those many panes were always respected, with an almost quiet reverence. There was no sense stirring up the spirits. Most thought death was supposed to be quiet and peaceful.
Those folks sometimes get a bit disappointed when they get forgotten and that we can’t see them. They can tell that sometimes you can feel them, something in the way the air and light moved.
In many ways this is their story.
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The Laureate Reading Series will feature poet Steve Schild reading from his
recent work on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7pm. The presentation will take place at the Book Shelf, 162 W.2nd St. and will be followed by an open mic. Steve Schild is a Houston, Minnesota native who has lived in Winona since 1975. He has worked in education, journalism and public relations as well as at factory and construction jobs. Schild's poetry has appeared in the anthologies Witness, 33 Minnesota Poets and Growing Season and in a number of literary venues including ArtWord Quarterly, Elysian Fields Quarterly, The Wolf Head, Whiskey Island and Minnesota Poetry Calendar. Schild teaches journalism and mass communication at Saint Mary's University. He will read from Eros in Autumn, his first full-length poetry collection, which will be available for sale and signing. He also privately published a collection titled Gone Away from Crystal Valley and collaborated with Minneapolis artist Richard Stephens to produce These Old Men Know Things, which features Schild's poetry and Stephens's artwork.