Yeah, it's fine for Duluth, but will it play at Carnegie Hall?
Duluth poet Ryan Vine is about to find out. Five of Vine's poems have been selected for inclusion in the Sanctuary Project, a chamber music and poetry collaboration that will be performed March 21 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Laura Koplewitz, a member of the ensemble Lunatics at Large, happened across some of Vine's poetry and composed a concerto based on one of them. Vine and other participants in the project will give presentations in New York in the week leading up to the grand finale at the big hall.
Vine, a Duluth native, is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, where he is now the Rose Warner Professor of English. He occasionally reviews poetry on these pages.
•"Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow: Living in an Elephant Controlled 2010 Election Diorama," a collection of political poems by Jennifer Wolfe of Maplewood, will be published this spring by BlazeVox Books of New York. Wolfe is a graduate of Century College in White Bear Lake.
•"Regrets of a Stay-at-Home Mom," by Minneapolis writer Katy Read, will be included in an anthology to be published in May. "Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood" was edited by Samatha Parent Walravens and will be published by Coffeetown Press of Seattle. Read's essay first appeared in Salon and was later published in the Star Tribune.
•The two winners of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs fiction awards will give a joint reading at 7 p.m. March 26 at Open Book, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls. Kevin Fenton of St. Paul won the AWP award for the novel for "Merit Badges," and Christine Sneed won the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction for her collection, "Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry." Sneed teaches at DePaul University.
•"The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire," by Jack Weatherford, is now out in paperback. Weatherford holds the DeWitt Wallace Chair of Anthropology
• Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum has published a collection of her columns with Nodin Press. "A Hundred Lives Since Then: Essays on Motherhood, Marriage, Mortality ... and More," is composed of columns from the Star Tribune and elsewhere.
Rosenblum has a number of appearances coming up, including Saturday at the Bloomington Book Fair.