Join co-curators Sherrie Fernandez Williams and Lisa Marie Brimmer for a PRIDE reading celebrating LGBTQIA+ writers. Event is coproduction of Hennepin County Library and Quatrefoil Library. This work is made possible by Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment funding and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Donte Collins is held. Black. Adopted. Queer. Their work seeks to love their people, to add to the garden. They believe poems are portals allowing us to exercise awe, gratitude, and grief.
After completing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Minnesota, Carla-Elaine Johnson enjoys exploring all aspects of her queerness through poetry. She celebrates the intersections of life as a queer black woman seeking to uncover her place in the world.
Dr. Simi Kang is a Sikh American scholar, artist, educator, and community advocate who engages Asian American collaborative resistance as a site for imagining environmentally and economically just futures.
Kara Olson's poems have appeared in Water~Stone Review and TAYO Literary Magazine. Her poem "Last Night" was selected by Donika Kelly as the winner of The Sewanee Review's 2020 Poetry Contest. She lives in Minneapolis.
Mimi Iimuro Van Ausdall is working on two projects--a book of essays called Almost: Essays from an Almost Asian, Almost Lesbian, Almost Blind, Almost Mom and a YA novel. Her work has appeared in MUTHA, Catapult, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, and elsewhere.
Lisa Marie Brimmer is a writer and educator born on Ho-Chunk land. Their work has appeared in The Public Art Review, Gasher Journal, with poems forthcoming from The B'K' and Concision Poetry Journal.
Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, author of Soft: A Memoir is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a Beyond the Pure Fellowship and is currently a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. She's published poems and essays including work in New Limestone Review, Aquifer: The Florida Review, and others.