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Award-winning poet to read,

lead workshop at CLC

Central Lakes College (CLC) will host award-winning poet Li-Young Lee Sept. 24, as the first guest presenter of the “Verse Like Water: the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College” series produced by the English Department on the Brainerd campus.

Instructor Jeff Johnson, who has coordinated similar national poet readings elsewhere, said the series intends to introduce visiting poets to bring literary life to the college and community. The Center for Lifelong Learning and CLC Foundation are co-sponsoring the event.

“The goals are to contribute to the cultural life of our college, promote our general mission and present first-class literary events that can be enjoyed by our students, faculty, staff and residents of our surrounding counties,” said Johnson.

“I have hosted Li-Young before, and can assure you this will be worth attending. He is a man of genius, and is also quite a story.”

The Chinese American Lee, who since 1964 has lived in Chicago, will read some of his poems and meet with the public at a free event from noon to 1 p.m. in Chalberg Theatre. There will be a free-will offering.

Lee also will lead a free poetry workshop for students and other writers in E363 from 1:35-2:20 p.m., according to Johnson.

Lee is the author of four books of poetry: “Behind My Eyes,” 2008; “Book of My Nights.” 2001; “The City in Which I Love You,” 1991; and “Rose,” 1986. His autobiography, “The Winged Seed: A Remembrance,” 1995, has been called “a literary event ... a work of memory and myth,” by Phoenix Gazette.

Combining sensitivity and eloquence with a broad appeal, Lee walks in the footsteps of Stanley Kunitz and Billy Collins as one of the United States’ most beloved poets. Playful, erotic, at times mysterious, his work describes the immanent value of everyday experience.

“Book of My Nights” was the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award.

Among Lee’s other awards are a 2003 Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, an American Book Award for the memoir “The Winged Seed,” a Lamont Poetry Prize for “The City in Which I Love You” and a Delmore Schwartz Award for “Rose.” He also is a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award, Whiting Writers awards and three Pushcart Prizes.

He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. In 1998, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from State University of New York at Brockport.

Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents who had been exiled from China. His father, who had been Mao Zedong’s personal physician, fled China to escape persecution for Christian beliefs.

After fleeing the regime of Indonesian President Sukarno in 1959 through Hong Kong, Macau and Japan, the family settled in the United States in 1964. Today he and wife Donna live with their two sons in Chicago.

His poetry collection, “The City in Which I Love You,” draws on his memories of childhood and his father to create a network of his various experiences with concise imagery and direct language. His autobiography, “The Winged Seed,” uses a lyrical style to recollect the years in which his family fled from country to country, weaving his memories together with dream-like imagery.

Altogether, Lee’s work carries on a conversation with the past to provide an enlightening image of the present world for his readers.

He has taught at several universities, including Northwestern and the University of Iowa.

His appearance is made possible with a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund authorized by the people of Minnesota.

Seth Doud to perform at Prairie Bay

Seth Doud will perform from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Prairie Bay in Baxter.

Cost is $15 and includes wine, beer and light appetizers.   

All income benefits the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation.  

Legacy Five to perform

BAXTER — Legacy Five will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Heritage Assembly of God Church in Baxter.

Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Ticket locations are Bethany Book Store in Baxter, KTIG in Pequot Lakes, Good Book and Gift in Little Falls and the Brainerd Dispatch. Or purchase online at or by calling 800-965-9324.

Watercolor classes to be offered

MERRIFIELD — Kathy Kovala will be offering watercolor classes on Wednesdays at Lake Edward Town Hall. Classes will run for six weeks. Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for intermediate and advanced students and from 1-4 p.m. for beginners.

Register for the class by calling Kovala at 829-1457 or 715-360-9929.

‘Reflections on Nature’ on display at Porthole

“Reflections on Nature” is the theme of the art exhibit through Oct. 28 at the Evelyn Matthies Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.

Sister Lillian Kroll of Little Falls is the watercolor artist. She is a highly educated woman with talent in the visual arts and music and spirituality. She was born in 1922 and lived with her parents and many siblings in rural Minnesota. This is her second showing at the gallery and this time she has more than 120 works of art for viewing and purchasing.

A meet the artist reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Porthole Gallery. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This exhibit is free to the public.

Geritol Frolics tickets available

The Geritol Frolics box office will open Monday at the Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood St., Brainerd. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Show dates are Oct. 18-21 and 25-28. Ticket prices are $10 and $12 and can be purchased by phone at 825-4993.

LOL comedy scheduled Sept. 21

Laugh Out Loud 2012 comedy will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at The Old Waterfall, north of Brainerd on Highway 371.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and a majority of the proceeds are being donated to Ruby’s Pantry. Ruby’s Pantry’s mission is to procure and distribute corporate surplus food and goods to help fight poverty, hunger and disease in rural communities.

The night will start off with local comedian Dave Badeaux. Laughs continue with “Minute to Win It” style games.

All American Wines event

AITKIN — The Northern Lights Wine Club will present a food and wine tasting event entitled “All American Wines” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Beanery Cafe in downtown Aitkin.

”All American Wines” will focus on some of the famous and a few obscure wines from the United States of America.

An informal and educational food and wine event for everyone interested in expanding their knowledge and love of fine wines This is the place for wine beginners to learn about wine and why it can be a lifelong, enjoyable experience. Experienced wine lovers also can benefit by using this night to brush up on their wine knowledge and tasting skills. There is always something to learn about wine.

Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members to attend this wine tasting. You do not have to be a Northern Lights Wine Club member to attend this event and no product purchase is required. Advance payment, reservations are required. Tickets are available online or at the Beanery Cafe 218-927-7811 or

HSO in need of string players

The Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is seeking string players, including violin, viola, cello and bass interested in playing with the orchestra for the 2012-13 season.

Musicians are invited to be a part of the talented and supportive musical community. Play alongside great musicians who are dedicated to providing a comfortable and fun musical experience for all ability levels.

This symphony draws its players and audiences from a large area in central Minnesota. The three concerts presented each season are played in both Little Falls and Brainerd. Weekly rehearsals alternate between Brainerd and Little Falls.

For more information, visit, click ‘HSO News’ or contact the HSO office at 800-826-1997 or email

Heartland poets to

host LOMP conference

BAXTER — Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets (LOMP), will host the League’s 2012 Fall Conference “Poet Laureate Octoberfest” on Oct. 12-13 at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter.

Winners from the 28th annual LOMP contest will be announced and read, after a 5 p.m. dinner Oct. 12 in The Lodge Club Room and a report by Moccasin editor, Meredith Cook. On Oct. 13, poetry readings will be heard by participants, followed by a general meeting at which time student contest winners will be announced and read. Joyce Sutphen, keynote speaker, will share her writing insights. After a catered lunch, poems submitted with registration will receive critique, without revealing author identities.

A special public reading by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, will be held at Central Lakes College at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Commons Area. This reading is made possible, in part, by the Five Wings Arts Council through the McKnight Foundation. Heartland Poets, The LOMP and The Center for Lifelong Learning are partnering to bring this arts event to the Brainerd lakes area.

For information regarding conference registration, go to www. or call Doris Stengel at 829-9072.

Technical theater class

PEQUOT LAKES — Are you interested in learning what goes on behind the scenes with a theater production, talent show, pageant or anything that happens in the high school theater? Learn the skills needed to operate the theatre including rigging, lighting and sound systems.

Instructors C.J. Anderson and Kim Utesch will be teaching a practical hands-on class, resulting in a Technical Certification Card allowing graduate technicians to operate the Pequot Lakes theater equipment. This class will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 24-25, 27; Oct. 1-2 in the Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.

The class fee is $35 and includes book.

For more information contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

Barter Fest coming Sept. 22

HEWITT —The third annual Barter Fest will be held Sept. 22 in Hewitt.

The all-day event features open exchange of produce, arts, possessions and services while listening to music, provided by musicians from throughout the Midwest. There is no admission fee, but attendees are asked to be open to bartering for their desired items, although dollars are exchangeable as well.

Free camping is available.

Musicians from throughout the Midwest offer an eclectic line-up of performers that includes everything from blue grass fiddlers to fire dancers. Some of the musical groups performing will be The Brothers’ Burn Mountain, Duluth’s Spin Collective, Picker’s and Grinner’s, Caitlin Robertson, Dorthy Fix, Alien Brain and the Jugular Vein, Leon Boots, Karen Townsend and many others.

At 11 a.m. there will be an unveiling and dedication of the new Hewitt veteran’s memorial on Highway 210. The Historic Hewitt Museum, recently upgraded through support from funds provided by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, will be open from 12-4 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Hewitt Lions Club, the City of Hewitt, S.T.E.P., the Abandoned Scout Camp, and the Five Wings Arts Council, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact Michael Dagan at

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