Join NHCC each semester as they spotlight authors reading from their featured titles or works in progress. Books will also be available for purchase and author autographs. Events are free and open to the public. Spring 2014 authors include:
Kao Kalia Yang
Monday, February 3, 2014
Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press), win-ner of two Minnesota Book Awards, and the upcom-ing Still, Fluttering Heart. Yang also is a featured con-tributor in Opine Season, an online publication "for smart, strong, provocative voices of conviction."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
CBT Grand Hall
Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award and was also a fi-nalist for the National Book Award.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Pete Hautman is the author of more than twenty nov-els for adults and teens, including the National Book Award winner Godless, Los Angeles Book Prize winner The Big Crunch, and three New York Times Notable Books: Drawing Dead, The Mortal Nuts, and Rash.
Heid E. Erdrich
Monday, April 21, 2014
CBT Grand Hall
Heid E. Erdrich is author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Po-ems. She won a Minnesota Book Award for National Monuments in 2009. Her newest book is Original Lo-cal: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest.
Prior Guest Authors
Lemer served in the North Dakota Army National Guard for six years, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. His writing has appeared in Blue Earth Review, The Rekjavik Grapevine, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. He has taught at Turtle Mountain Community College near Belcourt, North Dakota, and currently teaches English and writing at the University of Minnesota-Rochester.
Tom Montgomery Fate
Fate is the author of five nonfiction books. His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Riverteeth, Sojourners, Christian Century, and many other journals and anthologies, as well as regularly featured on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. Fate is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and of Chicago Theological Seminary. He is currently a professor of Englishat College of DuPage, in suburban Chicago, where he also lives with his wife and three children.
Ellen Lansky was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She attended to college at the College of St. Catherine in St Paul, MN and graduate school at SUNY-Binghamton (MA) and the University of Minnesota (PhD). Her scholarly work on literature and addiction has appeared in Dionysos, Literature and Medicine, and several anthologies. Her fiction has appeared in many local and national publications, including Sugar Mule, Evergreen Chronicles, and Stiller's Pond. In 2011, North Star Press of St. Cloud published her first novel, Golden Jeep, the story of a lesbian woman who must deal with her pregnancy by donor and her mother dying from cancer.
A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. He has also released several CDs of his poetry, such as the recently sold-out Refugeography to his newest CD, The Nguyens EP. His series at The Loft Literary Center, Equilibrium, recently won the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Anti-Racism Initiative Award. In 2011, Coffee House Press published his first book of poetry, Sông I Sing. More: http://www.baophi.com/.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake (Loonfeather) and Pretend the World (Holy Cow!), and she edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Minnesota Historical Society Press). She has received fellowships from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Kysar recently served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the Loft Literary Center and lives with her family in St. Paul.
Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, a childhood and place she drew on in the writing of her debut memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways (Borealis Books), which was a Barnes & Noble Notable Book of the Year. She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She now lives with her family in Mankato, Minnesota. Her novel, The Turtle Catcher (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner), was awarded the Tamarack Prize from Minnesota Monthly based on the novel’s first chapter and the 2004 Speakeasy Prize. More: http://nicolehelget.net/.
Su Smallen is the author of Buddha, Proof (Broadcraft Press), a Minnesota Book Award 2012 finalist in poetry, and Weight of Light (Laurel Poetry Collective), nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award. http://susmallen.com
Diane Wilson is a creative nonfiction writer. Her essays and memoir use personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context. Her first book, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past (Borealis Books), won the 2006 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir, Autobiography, and Creative Nonfiction. Her second book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (Borealis Books), was released in September 2011. More: http://wilsonwords.com/.
Dr. Anton Treuer is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He has a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language and author of 8 books, including Ojibwe in Minnesota and The Assassination of Hole in the Day (both from Minnesota Historical Society Press). Dr. Treuer has sat on many organizational boards, including the White Earth Land Recovery Project, Sanford/MeritCare Health System, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Dr. Treuer has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships from many organizations, including the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Emilio DeGrazia has co-edited (with his wife Monica) two anthologies, Twenty-Six Minnesota Writers and Thirty-Three Minnesota Poets. His novel, Seventeen Grams of Soul, received a Minnesota Book Award, while Enemy Country earned a Writer's Choice Award. He recently published a memoir, Walking on Air in a Field of Dreams, about the Italian-American experience and his family's connections with Italy, and Seasonings, a collection of poetry. He lives in Winona, Minnesota, where he is the 2012 Poet Laureate.
Katharine Rauk's poems are published or forthcoming in literary journals such as Harvard Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Zone 3, Copper Nickel, and others. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she now lives and teaches in Minneapolis. Her chapbook, Basil, was selected as a finalist for the Fall 2008 Black River Chapbook Competition.
Scott Wrobel has published work in The Rake, Identity Theory, Night Train, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, Great River Review, and Minnesota Monthly, among other places. He is a winner of the Loft Mentor Series Fiction Award and won the Third Coast 2008 Nonfiction Award. He has also been nominated for the Best New American Writers of 2009. Wrobel's collection of short stories, Cul de Sac (Sententia), has been referred to as "not only one of the truest and saddest collections of stories I've ever read, but also one of the funniest" by Donald Ray Pollack, author of Knockemstiff.
Kris Bigalk has published poetry in numerous magazines, resulting in the publication of her first book of poems, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers (released by New York Quarterly Books in 2012). Bigalk is also a professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College.
In addition to his latest novel, Red Moon, Percy also wrote the novel, The Wilding. He also wrote two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction works have been published in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), as well as GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and Paris Review. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writer's Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.
Currently, Percy is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.