Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Word games, poetry, music and -- wrestling?

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Local authors, Local publishers Updated: January 17, 2014 - 9:13 AM

Twelve experiments involving words and risk, each lasting ten minutes. What does it all mean? Who can say? Revolver Magazine's "Revolver at the Ritz" is promising a night that explores the intersection of words and risk, and they're bringing together local writers, publishers, musicians and other wordy folks to play.

Writers Sarah Stonich and Marty Kihn will attempt to pitch a novel (a famous, already-published one) to folks from Coffee House and Graywolf without using any words that give away which novel it is. Poet Heid Erdrich will "do something amazing" (it might involve a salad shooter). Dylan Hicks (musician, author of "Boarded Windows," and occasional Star Tribune book critic) will write a song, right there on the spot, with help from the audience. Andy Sturdevant will create essays before your very eyes. Poets apparently will wrestle. (Poets! Gentle poets! This you gotta see.)

Also taking part in the madness: poets Matt Rasmussen and Lightsey Darst, Coffee House Press publisher Chris Fischbach (always one to experiment with form), and many others.

The evening will be "all the crazy fun / dark weirdness you've come to expect and love from our crew," the Revolver folks said on their Web page.

The event costs $15 and is sponsord by Coffee House Press, the Playwrights Center, and Revolver, an online magazine which is still new but is quickly growing in its influence. Tickets are available here. It begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE, Mpls.

You can check out the full list of 12 experiments on the Revolver Facebook page.

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