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Reader Submissions

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 28th, 2015

photo by Molly McClain

The HPR prints reader poetry once a month

Plutarch, the ancient Greek historian, essayist, and biographer once said, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks”. HPR sent out a call for reader submissions in November via social media and we were pleasantly surprised by the response. Would you like to have your work published for this once a month feature? email sabrina@hpr1.com

North Dakota

By Julie Goeller McLain 1952-2004

Your vast emptiness encompasses me

Your…

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Remembering “The Goat that Can’t be Got”  “Insurgent Democracy” event examines the Nonpartisan Leagu

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 28th, 2015

“Insurgent Democracy” event examines the Nonpartisan League

Michael J. Lansing, author and associate professor of history at Augsburg College, will host a reading event for his new book, “Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics,” on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo. Lansing will give a reading, lead a discussion and then sign copies of his book.

The Nonpartisan League (NPL) was a radical political organization that…

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Insurgent Democracy author comes to Zandbroz

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 20th, 2015


On Thursday, Dec. 3, Zandbroz Variety will host author Michael Lansing in a reading and signing of his latest book, “Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics,” published this year by the University of Chicago Press. This nonfiction book chronicles the rise and decline of the Nonpartisan League, which was formed by North Dakota farmers in 1915 in an attempt to give power back to workers and rise above corporate and political authority. 

The League, led by…

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Author to hold two readings

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 12th, 2015

Fargo-Moorhead has a new author in town. Maryland native and current MSUM professor Liz Kisacky Severn has two readings coming up for her debut novel, “Luce Women,” recently published by Forty Press.

The first reading is scheduled for Nov. 17 at the MSUM Library Porch, as part of the McGrath Writers Series. The next will be on Dec. 8 at Zandbroz Variety in downtown Fargo, where the book will be sold.

“I had pretty much thought ‘Luce Women’ would never find a publisher,” Severn…

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Vinz’s “Permanent Record”

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 15th, 2015

Interview with Mark Vinz about his new poetry collection

Although it’s getting close to a decade since local poet Mark Vinz retired from his position as professor of English at MSUM, his literary output is still going strong. Earlier this year Vinz’s newest collection of poetry, “Permanent Record and Other Poems,” was published through Red Dragonfly Press. He will give a reading of his new work and sign books at Zandbroz Variety in Fargo at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18.

Later this…

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Local author releases children’s book

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2015

A little over three weeks ago, local author Peter Schultz released his first children’s book, “Peter the Slug and the Great Forest Race,” illustrated by his friend and colleague Ann Solyst and published by his own independent company, Silver Goat Media.

The book centers on a slug named Peter who dreams of running in the Great Forest Race. But, he is discouraged by the other animals from participating, because, as they tell him, “Slugs always finish last.” The story provides a…

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‘Approximately Improvised’ at the Red Raven

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 25th, 2015

‘On Wednesday, Sept. 30, poet Kevin Zepper and musician Roger Gress will hold a dual poetry reading/drum solo show at the Red Raven, starting at 7:30 p.m. The title of this show is “Approximately Improvised,” as they plan on improvising a portion of the performance.

For over two years, Zepper, an English professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, has collaborated with local pianist Terrie Manno as part of their project entitled Lines and Notes. Most recently, they performed…

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Poet Ladan Osman to visit MSUM

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 25th, 2015

The Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series will be hosting a reading with poet Ladan Osman on the Library Porch at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Starting at 4:30 p.m., on Sept. 29, this event will be free and open to the public.

Osman was born in Somalia and earned a BA at Otterbein University and an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. Her poetry has appeared in multiple literary journals, as well as former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated…

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A night at the Herbst

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 24th, 2015

For many people in the Fargo-Moorhead area, especially the younger crowd, the name “Herbst” probably doesn’t ring a bell. For older generations however, that name likely calls to mind the Herbst Department Store, a former downtown Fargo retail hub that helped define the F-M community for nearly 90 years.

Now thanks to a new book from Arcadia Publishing, the Herbst heyday has a new life.

On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24, NDSU archivists Trista Raezer-Stursa and John Hallberg will…

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Not your ordinary poetry reading

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 17th, 2015

by M. Koskela


For sister duo Shari Lindsley and Jessica Lindsley, poetry has always played a part in their lives. Aside from growing up writing and taking creative writing classes together, they grew up powerlifting. They are also currently competitive powerlifters in Minnesota and North Dakota, often taking 1st and 2nd place and lifting 330 pounds. Shari says that powerlifting for her means that “If you can lift that amount of weight you can do anything, you are infinitely more…

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