College Scholarship Fundraising Event Jan. 31

Six Public Openings in MN Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at College

Anoka-Ramsey theater production selected for Kennedy Center Midwest regional competition

Las Hermanas Padilla at Anoka-Ramsey, Jan. 16 and 17

Ceramics fundraisers; public gets opportunity for one-of-a-kind art May 6

Be a Life Saver: College Offers Free Suicide Prevention Workshop April 16

Public Invited to 8th Annual Student Fine Arts Portfolio Exhibit Opening April 3

Join the fun: The IT Girl hits college stage April 18-26

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students Enter Digital Age with Launch of New Web Site

College gears up undergraduate research opportunities to enrich learning, advance scientific knowledge

Two students named to All-Minnesota Academic Team

Students, community members improve natural habitats through MN Master Naturalist Program

Ramsey Lions Club Presents $25,000 to College Foundation

College Nursing instructor named an Educator of the Year

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band supports College Music program and plays on

Sponsors for scholarship event needed to change lives

College faculty member publishes first chapbook, Blood Ties

Three faculty members named 2014 Outstanding Educators by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

College Music Faculty Offer Free, Public Recital Feb. 7

College Art Faculty Offer Free, Public Talks about Craft

Can’t get a job? Get inspired by someone who got 50 jobs in 50 weeks April 29

27th Annual Minnesota Writer Program Welcomes Award-Winning Author Cary J. Griffith Feb. 13

College hosts 2014 One Book Cambridge Community-Wide Reading program May 8

Master falconer visit huge success

College Now Offers Pharmacy Technician Degree at Cambridge Campus

Faculty Members Recognized with 2014 State Arts Grants

College’s Free Candlelight Ski Event Set for Feb. 1

College student finds the know-how to empower survivors of human

Cast Announced for Upcoming Production of The IT Girl

College Scenic Designer Honored by Kennedy Center Theatre Festival Recognition

College women’s and men’s basketball teams make history: both teams win regional championships, advance to nationals

Two Rivers Reading Series Hosts Graphic Novelist Tyler Page April 8

College Announces Cast for Upcoming Production of And Then There Were None

College STEM Chicks encourage girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math

Scholarship Fundraising Event Breaks Record in Attendance and Profit

Science Night: Peregrine Falcon – Fastest Member of the Animal Kingdom, Feb. 25

College faculty members publishes first chapbook, Blood Ties

April 02, 2014

Anoka-Ramsey Community College  English Faculty member Paige Riehl’s chapbook, Blood Ties, will be published by Finishing Line Press in summer 2014. It is available for pre-sale now.

Blood Ties poems explore themes of coming-of-age, rural life, and family. Riehl said the poems explore her rural roots in Rosholt, South Dakota, as well as navigate her intricate family ties.

Riehl’s poetry has been published in publications such as Meridian, Potomac Review, South Dakota Review, Nimrod International Journal, and more. She won the 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, the 2011 Literal Latte Prize for Poetry, and was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.

Award-winning poet Deborah Keenan, author of Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems, wrote, “It is not so easy to conjure a world in a collection of poems. In Paige Riehl’s remarkable book, readers enter the world she has made for us, and it is a real world that compels our attention and affection. This poet brings her past to life, but these poems do not just do memory work. Yes, the poems reveal a world, but they are sustained by the poet’s wisdom, and deepened by her understanding about what fate and choice have dealt her. Blood Ties is a beautiful collection. Read these poems, and welcome a new and wonderful voice.”

Riehl has been teaching creative writing, literature, and composition classes at Anoka-Ramsey since 2001. She also serves as the chair of the Two Rivers Reading Series Committee, which brings visiting writers to campus each semester.

“I’m so grateful to my fellow writers and friends who have given me invaluable feedback on the poems in this book, and to Susan Solomon, an amazing and talented artist, for reading my poems and creating the painting for the cover of this book,”  Riehl said.

Jude Nutter, author of The Curator of Silence and I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman, wrote of Riehl’s work:  “Go back there now,” instructs Paige Riehl in “Hometown,”  “back before you were / this adult who won’t / return in body” . . . And that’s just what these wonderful poems do. But these are not poems of simplistic nostalgia: these are poems that capture, so beautifully, the yearning and apprehension felt at the cusp of adulthood; that explore the complex blend of sadness and relief that comes with escaping, at least physically, the landscapes of our youth. These poems remind us that such intimate landscapes—both internal and external—create, for better or worse, the very kernel of who we are.”

The book is currently available during a pre-sale at by selecting “Preorder Forthcoming Titles,” Blood Ties. For more information about the author, visit



Blood Ties Paige Riehl

Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Department Faculty member Paige Riehl’s chapbook, Blood Ties, (cover shown) will be published by Finishing Line Press published in summer 2014 and is available for pre-order today.