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The readings at Intermedia Arts this week ranged from a young-adult novel about a transgender teen by Mankato’s Kirstin Cronn-Mills to topical poems by a Hamline Law School professor and a memoir about working with homeless teens. And let’s not forget the true-life stories of lesbian nuns. For the Queer Voices series at Intermedia, it was par for the GLBT course. The every-other-month reading series has been an Intermedia staple since it was launched in 2005. On Tuesday, the writers were Ann Tweedy (of Hamline), recent New York transplant Ryan Berg, Cronn-Mills and Nancy Manahan. It was an often intense evening, as Berg chronicled a tragically troubled young person in his care at a group home, and Tweedy delivered poems touching on race, white guilt and family intimacies. Some welcome comic relief came when Manahan read about a 1960s gender-bending Girl Scout troop leader, from her anthology “On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience.”
A novel honor
Twin Cities author Vince Flynn has had his name emblazoned on the covers of millions of books across the world, and now he’s getting his name emblazoned, posthumously, on a building. Flynn was a 1984 graduate of St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, and for years had been a trustee and a benefactor of the school. He was co-chair of the academy’s recent capital campaign, working even after his 2011 cancer diagnosis, and helped raise more than $18 million for an expansion. The building, which includes a fine arts center and athletic facilities, will be dedicated as Vincent J. Flynn Hall on Oct. 4 during alumni reunion weekend.