As a heads up: On Wednesday, January 17th, I’ll be reading at Poets & Pints, the regular poetry night at Sisyphus Brewing, designed by local Minnesota poet, David Bayliss. It’s held every third Wednesday of the month, and has featured poets such as Eric Tu, John Rezmerski, and Peuo Tuy. Sisyphus Brewing is located at 712 Ontario Avenue W. in Minneapolis. I look forward to seeing you there! This month I’ll be sharing the stage with Michael Torres, Joe Davis, and Maitreyi!
Born and brought up in Pomona, California, Michael Torres spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. In 2012, he was a student of NYU’s Writers in Paris. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in Huizache, Miramar, Okey-Panky, Paper Darts and other journals. Currently, he lives in Mankato, Minnesota where he teaches creative writing and works on Blue Earth Review. In his free time he co-hosts Writer’s Bloc Open Mic and teaches poetry to homeless youth at the Reach Drop-in Center.
Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the frontman of emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble, The Poetic Diaspora, and the co-founder and Artistic Director of H-Cubed: Harrison, Healing, and Harmony, a monthly event series centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, pursuing a masters in Theology of the Arts.
Maitreyi is a writer and educator living in Minneapolis. She plays fast and loose with time and space. Her writing is best spoken aloud in the kitchen to someone you love. Maitreyi’s first collection of poetry is called Looking and is coming out this winter. Please talk to her or find her on Twitter: @itsteensy.
David Bayliss is a poet and musician who resides in South Minneapolis. He curates several regular monthly poetry series throughout Minneapolis, including Poets & Pints. His work can be found in Nice Cage, Autoanatta, Red Bird Chapbooks online publication, and the Martin Lake Review. You can follow Poets & Pints more regularly on Facebook.
This year my collection DEMONSTRA celebrates its 5th year, and I continue my work as the president of the SFPA in addition to other duties rebuilding and organizing a Southeast Asian literary tradition for our communities in diaspora. And I turn 45. Granted, that and a cup of coffee gets you a cup of coffee, but go figure.
Over at the Loft Literary Center, you can read about one person’s experience with Poets & Pints to get a sense of what to expect. I’ve enjoyed all of the Poets & Pints I’ve attended since returning to Minneapolis following a 5-year break in California to reconnect with my community and long-lost family out there. I think this month’s will be just as exciting! See you there!