April 21, 2018

Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins visits Brainerd

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins held a reading at Central Lakes College in Brainerd Minnesota as part of Verse Like Water, the visiting poet program of CLL, in conjunction with The Crossing Arts Alliance. "Poetry is for everybody. It is not something that's for specialists. It's no just for academics or professors or any other group of intelligentsia. It's a matter of finding the right poets for you. If you have a misconception about poetry, it's because you don't read it If people … [Read more...]

Publishing Panel Presents to Crossing Arts Alliance Literary Artists

                    The Crossing Arts Alliance presented a publishing panel of 4 top Minnesota editors, agents and publishers on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Panelists included, Steve Woodward, Associate Editor at Graywolf Press, Dawn Frederick, Literary Agent and owner of Red Sofa Literary, Jim Perlman, publisher and owner of Holy Cow! Press, and Erik Anderson, Regional Trade Editor of University of Minnesota Press. … [Read more...]

Poet laureate Billy Collins coming to Brainerd

A U.S. poet laureate will be featured in a free poetry program that Central Lakes College in Brainerd will present in conjunction with The Crossing Arts Alliance on April 29. Billy Collins has twice been named U.S. poet laureate by the Library of Congress. He will give a public reading at noon the CLC Chalberg Theater. The reading will be followed by a book signing, meet and greet, and workshop for anyone interested in hearing him speak about poetry, creativity and the imagination. The … [Read more...]

Author Kristy Abbott’s New Children’s Picture Book, Finding Home, Champions Animal Rescue

A new children’s picture book, Finding Home, is teaching kids the importance of animal rescue with the story of a homeless cat searching for a name and a forever family. The book published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc. debuts on April 27, 2014. Minnesota Author Kristy Abbott paired with artist/illustrator Danusia Keusder to create this vibrantly illustrated and heartwarming story.  Then, she took the book to Feline Rescue, Inc. for feedback and got something even better, a Seal of … [Read more...]

Call For Submissions~Behind the Bricks, Crow Wing County Jail Inmate Community Art Project

 The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) invites visual and literary artists to submit original work for the BEHIND THE BRICKS community art project. Artists, photographers and writers from the community may select a piece of artwork created by a Crow Wing County Jail inmate and create a companion piece (writing to art and art to writing) that reflect the mood, meaning and/or feeling of the original work. Artists can select a piece of inmate artwork at the Crossing office, 1001 Kingwood Street, … [Read more...]

Publishing Round Table featuring Agents, Editors and Publishers

Get energized, inspired, and encouraged in a collective group of literary artists together with a panel of editors, agents and publishers. Make connections. Gain focus and learn how to garner a publisher's or agent's attention.  Panel presentation with breakout sessions for artists to meet in smaller round table discussions. Publishing Round Table hosted by The Crossing Arts Alliance, April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Q Gallery 1001 Kingwood Street #222, Brainerd, Minnesota. Project … [Read more...]

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet visits Brainerd

Jeff Johnson, English Teacher at Central Lakes College, is making Brainerd, MN a hot spot for poetry readings. Last year, in the series Verse Like Water, Jeff pulled in Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Li-Young Lee. To kick off 2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic shared his wisdom and words as he read his poems and talked to the students and residents of the Brainerd lakes area. My favorite poem from the reading was Nineteen Thirty-eight about the year he was born. He … [Read more...]

Western Writers of America guest post by author Bill Markley

 Western Writers of America 2014 Convention, June 24-28 Sacramento, California Western Writers of America  is the friendliest organization I have ever belonged to in my life. It’s one of those organizations that when asked to do something, I don’t mind doing it. In 1953, a small group of traditional western fiction writers founded WWA to promote the literature of the American West. Today, WWA has more than 650 members who include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and … [Read more...]

Charles Simac featured as visiting poet, “Verse Like Water”

Verse  Like Water: the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, in  collaboration with The Crossing Arts Alliance, presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic at noon on March 5th in the CLC Chalberg  Theater. This poetry reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing/meet and greet, as well as a workshop at  1:30pm for area writers, artists, and anyone interested in hearing Mr.  Simic speak informally about the necessity of poetry in our … [Read more...]

Poetry On The Wall, 2014 Poetry Winners

The 2014 “Poetry on the Wall” event was celebrated with a reception, poetry reading and announcement of the winners at the Q Gallery in the Franklin Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 8.  At the start of the reception, the gallery was filled to standing room with over 70 in attendance. All 52 submitted poems were posted on the four walls of the gallery for all to see and read. The program began with an introduction of contest judge Penelope Swan by Krista Rolfzen Soukup of the Blue Cottage Agency, … [Read more...]


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