Tracker Pixel for Entry

Reading, book signing: former ND poet laureate Mark Vinz

Writer's Block | November 24th, 2017

On Sunday, Mark Vinz will be at Zandbroz Variety to read from and sign copies of his latest book of poetry, “Man of the House: Scenes from a ’50s Childhood.” This autobiographical collection was published by MSUM’s New Rivers Press, while the book cover was designed by intern Mandi Wahl, a graphic design major with a minor in art.

Vinz previously read from “Man of the House” at the latest New Rivers Press book launch on November 9th. This took place in the Livingston Lord Library at MSUM, where he taught English for 39 years, before his retirement in 2007.

During that time, Vinz worked as editor of the English department’s annual journal, Dacotah Territory. From 1995 to 1998, he was the coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, which he also co-founded.

Vinz has authored several books of poetry, most recently “Long Distance” (2006), “The Work is All” (2011), and “Permanent Record & Other Poems” (2015). A couple of his poems have appeared in the newspaper column “American Life in Poetry,” which was managed by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

Vinz’s co-authoring credits include “Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest” and “The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry.” He has also contributed to the local anthologies “North Dakota is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets” and “The Talking of Hands: Unpublished Writing by New Rivers Press Authors.”

Though born in Rugby, North Dakota, Vinz grew up in Minneapolis and the Kansas City area. He received both his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Kansas and his Master’s from the University of New Mexico.

MSUM English professor and fellow author Lin Enger considers “Man of the House” “a coming-of-age feast: bad haircuts, growth spurts, the mysteries of sex, and the perils of friendship… Vinz’s stories are funny, heartbreakingly honest, and tinged with protestant guilt... they’ll make you thank your lucky stars that growing up is something you only have to do once.”

Man of the House has been described by poet, musician, and fellow North Dakota native Debra Marquart as the story of “the precocious boy we remember from childhood, the one who sees too much, hears everything, and understands only a fraction…Not knowing what he doesn’t know, our narrator trumpets and parrots, reports and announces.”

Vinz’s many accolades include three Minnesota Book Awards. Man of the House is currently under consideration for 30th Annual Minnesota Book Awards, the finalists for which will be announced in January.

IF YOU GO 

Mark Vinz: Reading, Book Signing

Sunday, November 26, noon to 5pm (no time given)

Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N, 701-239-4729

Recently in:

By Maddie Robinsonmaddierobi.mr@gmail.com This article discusses topics related to mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or visit 988lifeline.org. …

Need more events? Check out our July 2024 and August 2024 calendars. (They're cleverly split up to save you some scrolling.)MaySpring CrowsNow - June 28, Spirit Room, FargoForty artists display works centered around a crow theme.…

June 2211 a.m - 3 p.m. and 3- 6 p.m.Words To Live By Bookstore819 Center Avenue, MoorheadThe Moorhead Friends Writing Group (MFWG) is a group of 40 writers in 13 states and Canada. They have recently published their third…

The WFF Unified School District?By John Strandjas@hpr1.com Both the Fargo and West Fargo School Districts are strategizing their futures. This is necessary, because of immensely challenging financial and geopolitical changes facing…

By Ed Raymondfargogadfly@gmail.comShould ‘The Chosen One’ be Sentenced to Spend Months at each Level?It’s not unusual on this planet, we have had hundreds of men and a couple of women who have used religion to become…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.com Holiday wine shopping shouldn’t have to be complicated. But unfortunately it can cause unneeded anxiety due to an overabundance of choices. Don’t fret my friends, we once again have you covered…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.com In this land of hotdish and ham, the knoephla soup of German-Russian heritage seems to reign supreme. In my opinion though, the French have the superior soup. With a cheesy top layer, toasted baguette…

HPR chats with Bob Carpenter of the Nitty Gritty Dirt BandBy Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.com When asked if it was fair to consider the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as “the godfathers of contemporary Americana” during our interview,…

Now playing at the Fargo Theatre.By Greg Carlson gregcarlson1@gmail.comPalme d’Or recipient “Anatomy of a Fall” is now enjoying an award-season victory tour, recently picking up Golden Globe wins for both screenplay and…

New Minnesota sculptures include artist’s largest trollBy Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.com According to Danish artist and environmental activist Thomas Dambo, “All trash is treasure.” So far, he and his team have built 138…

By John Showalterjohn.d.showalter@gmail.comHigh Plains Reader had the opportunity to interview two mysterious new game show hosts named Milt and Bradley Barker about an upcoming event they will be putting on at Brewhalla. What…

By Annie Prafckeannieprafcke@gmail.com AUSTIN, Texas – As a Chinese-American, connecting to my culture through food is essential, and no dish brings me back to my mother’s kitchen quite like hotdish. Yes, you heard me right –…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comNew Jamestown Brewery Serves up Local FlavorThere’s something delicious brewing out here on the prairie and it just so happens to be the newest brewery west of the Red River and east of the…

By John Showalter  john.d.showalter@gmail.comThey sell fentanyl test strips and kits to harm-reduction organizations and…

JANUARY 19, 1967– MARCH 8, 2023 Brittney Leigh Goodman, 56, of Fargo, N.D., passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 8, 2023. Brittney was born January 19, 1967, to Ruth Wilson Pollock and Donald Ray Goodman, in Hardinsburg,…

By Jim Fugliejimfuglie920@gmail.com I am an old man. I have been a politics junkie most of my life. I have been involved in many campaigns, but have not run for office myself. Each time someone has suggested I do that, I tell them…