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October 24, 2012

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Department is pleased to announce its second event in its fall 2012 Two Rivers Reading Series: author and Faculty member Kathryn Kysar will read from and discuss her book Pretend the World, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11 to 11:50 a.m. and noon to 12:50 pm. in the Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room.

The event is free and open to the public.

Pretend the World explores both the personal and the political in poems with subjects as far-ranging as nature, motherhood, cultural identity and sexuality.  Complex yet accessible, the poems depict the nuances of life. Poet Dorianne Laux notes that the poems “radiate a lyric vitality,” and the Poetry Foundation declares that the poems “offer a gripping but blunt way of seeing the lives we create, the wars we wage, the things we consume and the connections we make without overbearing sentimentality.” 

Kysar has published an earlier collection of poetry, Dark Lake, and edited a collection of essays, Riding Shotgun:  Women Write about their Mothers. Her writing has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her work on behalf of poetry and writing includes leading a summer workshop on Madeleine Island, participating in the community-based initiative, 10K Poets for Change, and teaching writing courses at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She has also served as a representative on the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

More About Two Rivers Reading Series

Anoka-Ramsey’s Two Rivers Reading Series, sponsored by Anoka-Ramsey’s English Division and Faculty Development, features award-winning authors each year, in an effort to give students and faculty the benefit of a shared reading experience.

“The series offers our students the unique experience of studying an author’s book in class and then attending an on-campus reading,” says college English Faculty member Paige Riehl. “Students immerse themselves in the text and then come to the reading excited to listen, ask questions and meet the author.”

For more information about this event, contact  Riehl at 763-433-1347.

For more information about the educational activities at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit AnokaRamsey.edu.