The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives’ annual Line Breaks Festival is comprised of performances, lectures, and discussions by First Wave students and invited professional artists engaging with the local campus community. Inaugurated through OMAI’s sponsored Marc Bamuthi Joseph Arts Institute Residency in the spring of 2007, the Line Breaks project culminated in a final performance […]
Imagine a jellyfish, drifting through the ocean, carried by the current and floating endlessly throughout. That is Luisa, a seventeen year old girl and protagonist of the story “Sea Monsters: A Novel.” She harbors dreams of attending university abroad, far away from her hometown of Mexico City. Or not. Who knows? That indecision seems to […]
The Monsters Of Poetry reading series started in 2009, and its founder, Adam Fell, wanted to shake up the format of poetry readings. Fell and his co-organizers held their events in clubs and bars, and sometimes they had live music in addition to the actual readings. Monsters Of Poetry went quiet for a couple of […]
The popular poetry and prose writer Mary Oliver—known for her meditations on the natural and spiritual world—passed away on Thursday. Widely read in introductory English classes, but sometimes shunned by “fancy critics,” Oliver won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for her fifth collection of poetry, American Primitive, and the National Book Award in 1992 for […]
For today’s episode, Ali is joined in the studio by Danez Smith, a Black, Queer writer and performer from St. Paul. They spend the hour discussing the intersections of poetry and identity, art and activism, and what it means to share and heal through literary expression. Danez also reads two of their poems on the […]
A one-hour spoken word program featuring Nathan J. Reid’s original work, which will be shared in both a live and pre-recorded capacity.