Birchbark Books Reading Series

The Fall season of readings for the Birchbark Books Reading Series concludes on November 1 at 7:00 pm at the Bockley Gallery (near Birchbark Books). Reading will be Heid E. Erdrich, David Lawrence Grant, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Thomas Redshaw.

Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina, the Birchbark Books Reading Series features new, emerging, and established writers quarterly September through May.


Heid E. Erdrich is the author and editor of eight books, most recently the poetry collection Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid’s recent awards include a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a McKnight fellowship in prose. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the Augsburg College Low-residency MFA program.

David Lawrence Grant is a Twin Cities-based writer. As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write work for the Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence and Mixed Blood Theater, among others. As a screenwriter, he wrote for Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO, and the Showtime Network and is a past recipient of screenwriting fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. David has also served as mentor to the 2013 Fellows of the Givens Foundation’s Collaborative Retreat for African American Writers. His essay, “People Like Us,” appears in the book, A Good Time for the Truth (MN Historical Society Press, 2016). He is currently finishing his memoir, I Would Know You by Your Feet, about the experience of his reunion with the African kin from whom his father’s line was separated by the transatlantic slave trade. David currently teaches screenwriting at Film North (formerly IFP).

Linda LeGarde Grover is the author of the new collection of essays, Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press 2017). Her short fiction collection The Dance Boots received the Flannery O’Connor Award as well as the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass (Minnesota, 2014) received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers 2016 Fiction Award, and her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives received the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award. She is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.

Thomas Dillon Redshaw is the author of Heimaey (1974) and The Floating World (1979) and fugitive broadsides and chapbooks. His poems have appeared in American little magazines and in such Irish publications as Cyphers, Poetry Ireland, Southword, and The Irish Times. He edited Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague (2004) and served as the editor of Eire-Ireland (1974-1996) and New Hibernia Review (1996-2006), both of whose pages featured contemporary Irish poetry.

Birchbark Books is located at 2115 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405. (612) 374-4023

Previous readers on the series:

Carol Allis
James D. Autio
Cole Bauer
Brian Baumgart
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James Bettendorf
Kris Bigalk
Jill Breckenridge
Annie Breitenbucher
Wendy Brown-Báez
Todd Boss
Lucille Broderson
Jay Thomas Badheart Bull
Colleen Casey
Sharon Chmielarz
Cristopher Gibson
James Cihlar
Paula Cisewski
Naomi Cohn
Taiyon Coleman
Donte Collins
Carol Connolly
Mark Conway
Lyle Daggett
Lightsey Darst
Delaney Deer
Norita Dittberner-Jax
Mary Moore Easter
Heid E. Erdrich
Patricia Van Ert
Venessa Fuentes
Margot Fortunato Galt
Larry Gavin
Pamela Gemin
Linda LeGarde Grover
Margaret Hasse
Sandy White Hawk
Tom Hennen
Kate Lynn Hibbard
Carolyn Holbrook
Eric Hove
Al Hunter
Ann Iverson
Diane Jarvenpa
Satish P. Jayaraj
Andrea Jenkins
Emily Johnson
Prudence Johnson
Deborah Keenan
Athena Kildegaard
Scott King
Patricia Kirkpatrick
Kathryn Kysar
Denise K. Lajimodiere
Ed Bok Lee
Sherry Quan Lee
May Lee-Yang
Ron P. Leith
James Lenfestey
Roseann Lloyd
Denise Low
Raymond Luczak
Freya Manfred
Gayla Marty
Leslie Matton-Flynn
Matt Mauch
Ken McCullough
Linda Back McKay
Eric McKendry
Ethna McKiernan
John Medeiros
Ardie Buckholtz Medina
Anna George Meek
Carter Meland
Nick Metcalf
Leslie Adrienne Miller
John Minceski
Cheryl K. Minnema
Jim Moore
Aundria Sheppard Morgan
Alison Morse
Ilze Klavina Mueller
Lewis Mundt
Nora Murphy
José Luis Naranjo
Roslyn Nelson
Jude Nutter
Elizabeth Oness
Joe Paddock
Nancy Paddock
G.E. Patterson
Kasey Payette
Bao Phi
Matt Rasmussen
William Reichard
Lynette Reini-Grandell
Marcie Rendon
Mary François Rockcastle
Sun Yung Shin
Julia Klatt Singer
Su Smallen
Thomas R. Smith
Christine Stark
Joyce Sutphen
Sharon Suzuki-Martinez
Suzanne Swanson
Denise Sweet
Dara Syrkin
Francine Marie Tolf
Katrina Vandenberg
Nancy Walden
Bob Walser
Michael Walsh
Cary Waterman
Greg Watson
Kathleen Weihe
Tammy Darrah Wenberg
Gwen Westerman
Clarence White
Stephen Wilbers
Sherrie Fernandez-Williams
Morgan Grayce Willow
Elisabeth Workman
Bryan Thao Worra
Choua Yang
Timothy Young
Maryam Marne Zafar
Nolan Zavoral