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Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.

Poet Kevin Young and Marlon James to be in conversation at the Loft

Marlon James. Star Tribune file photo.

Poet and essayist Kevin Young, author of the nonfiction book, "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News," will be in conversation with Man Booker Prize winning writer Marlon James in Minneapolis in March.

Their discussion is one in a series of "Big Ideas" hosted by the Loft Literary Center. (Previous Big Ideas included James in conversation last spring with Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.)

Kevin Young. Photo by Melanie Dunea

"Bunk," published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press, was long-listed for a National Book Award and was named a top book of 2017 by many publications, including the New York Times.

Young was recently named poetry editor of the New Yorker magazine and is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

James teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul. His novel, "The Book of Night Women," won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Their discussion will take place at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Loft LIterary Center, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Loft members) and are available through the Loft website.

The event is in conjunction with Graywolf Press and the College of St. Benedict.

You, too, can be an artist out in the woods

Of course artists can create art anywhere. (Easier for writers, perhaps, than, say, sculptors.) But if they have the chance to stay somewhere beautiful while they are creating, why not?

Like, for instance, a gorgeous cabin on the banks of the St. Croix River just outside of Marine-on-St.-Croix.

The residency program Artist at Pine Needles (sponsored by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station) is looking for artists and writers for their summer residency. More than 40 artists, including writer Sarah Stonich, sculptor Elizabeth Belz, and plein air painter Joshua Cunningham, have been accepted as artists-in-residence in this program, which began in 2002. Residencies can be for either two weeks, or four weeks.

Under the residency, artists and writers will interact with the scientists at the watershed research station in a program that explores the intersection between science and art.

Application forms and more information are available at  www.smm.org/scwrs/programs/artist/. The deadline is Feb. 28, and decisions will be announced by March 30.

For more information, contact Sharon Mallman at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station at 651-433-5953, extension 13, or by email at  researchstation@smm.org.

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