Mar 29, 2013
The Grocery Store as Gallery
Jay Orff asks, "Is food packaging art?" From Warhol's famous soup cans to the minimalist design of the boxes of tea for sale at his neighborhood co-op, he considers the confluence of aesthetics, commerce and creativity in our grocery aisles.
Mar 13, 2013
Casting 'Nice Fish'
In the second installment of her Interview in Two Acts, Connie Wanek chats with Duluth-based poet-turned-playwright Louis Jenkins and actor/director Mark Rylance about the casting process of 'Nice Fish,' set to open at the Guthrie in April.
Feb 21, 2013
You Are Hear: Romance is Dead (February 2013)
David Lynch has nothing on poet Richard Carr, who for this twisted Valentine's Day episode contributes some moody poems from a new sequence, "Dead Wendy," read in three voices by Carr, host Brian Beatty and writer Darci Schummer.
Feb 13, 2013
Please Touch the Art (As Directed)
Usually the rules of going to a gallery are simple: Donít touch anything, donít even get particularly close. But at the Walker Art Center's "The Living Years: Art after 1989," ways of seeing the art quickly get more complicated.
Feb 12, 2013
A Dispatch from Publishing's Digital Underground
Author of two mid-list books, David Oppegaard set out to publish his sellout novel, a foray into the hugely popular YA fantasy genre. Caught between traditional and e-book publishing, he offers a field guide to the shifting sands of the books business.
Jan 17, 2013
You Are Hear: Lucky 13 (January 2013)
For our first episode of 2013, coincidentally our 13th-ever edition of the podcast, host Brian Beatty interviews blues man Charlie Parr about storytelling through music.
Dec 20, 2012
You Are Hear: Gifted (December 2012)
For our last episode of 2012, we end the first year of our monthly literary podcast as we began it, with new stories by Britt Aamodt and host Brian Beatty.
Dec 13, 2012
Hay Days: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst did the Deborah Hay "three-peat" last week, taking in all three performances in the Walker Art Center's mini-festival of the contemporary dance explorer.
Nov 15, 2012
YOU ARE HEAR: 2013 Submission guidelines, themes and deadlines
Got a story in you to share? We're taking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poems and spoken word all year for mnartists.org's literary podcast. Look no further for themes, guidelines, and deadlines for the coming year's episodes.
Oct 24, 2012
"Nice Fish:" An Interview in Two Acts
Connie Wanek interviews poet Louis Jenkins and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance about their collaboration on the play "Nice Fish" and its evolutions from page to stage, as they prepare for the Guthrie's world premiere this spring.
Oct 18, 2012
You Are Hear: Tricks & Treats (October 2012)
This month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, hosted by Brian Beatty, features a spooky story by writer and humorist Rob Callahan, of Rockstar Storytellers, Cracked.com, l'etoile magazine and others.
Oct 12, 2012
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Sep 20, 2012
You Are Hear: All Work, No Play (September 2012)
This month's featured writer is poet, photographer and performer Jeffrey Skemp with a pair of pieces on work and leisure (with music by J.G. Everest and Matt Monsoor).
Aug 30, 2012
The Family Business: Running Away from Home
Poet Kathryn Kysar writes eloquently about the 21st century juggle of creative work and motherhood in this essay about running away from home, the need for peeling away the responsibilities of domesticity, layer by layer, to reveal the artist within.
Jun 29, 2012
Big Box Art
Jay Orff looks at the mass-produced decorative art at Target, and in the process at the larger cultural and commercial aesthetic sensibility that sells knock-offs of 19th and 20th century fine art side by side with socks, cheap chinos and toothpaste.
Jun 21, 2012
Holy Cow! Press at 35 - The More Things Change...
Ann Klefstad talks with Jim Perlman, editor/publisher of a Minnesota literary stalwart, Duluth-based Holy Cow! Press about the vicissitudes of his 35 years in the business and what it takes to persevere in an ever-more crowded book marketplace.
Jun 1, 2012
'House of Coates' and the Kingdom of Nah
Writer Matt Konrad explores the edges-of-everything world of Lester B. Morrison's 'Kingdom of Nah' - in the new art-and-story book, "House of Coates," written by Brad Zellar and recently published by photographer Alec Soth's Little Brown Mushroom Books.
May 17, 2012
You Are Hear: Who You Calling a Mother? (May 2012)
For this month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, comedienne and writer Colleen Kruse offers a very funny story about cannibal hamsters and the black heart of motherhood.
May 10, 2012
Reads Dylan Hicks
Writer Jay Orff reviews Dylan Hicks's new novel, "Boarded Windows," an engaging tangle of competing stories and unreliable narrators with its own soundtrack (the accompanying new album "Sings Bolling Greene"), written by musician and writer Dylan Hicks.
May 8, 2012
"Dance," says our critic Lightsey Darst, "is not merely specialized movement, but also a way of seeing. Dance is a lens." She takes that dance lens outside the theater to the work-a-day world beyond, offering a guided tour through "the undance."
Apr 19, 2012
You Are Hear: Fools & Poets (April 2012)
We're celebrating National Poetry Month: featured writers for this episode are poets Todd Boss (PITCH, 2012) and Paula Cisewski (GHOST FARGO, 2010).