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A Poetic Quartet For the Blank Verse Reading Series

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

The American School of Storytelling is curating a poetic quartet of Janna Knittel, Christine Mounts, Loren Niemi and Diego Vazquez Jr. for the Blank Verse reading series at the Anoka County Library (711 County Road 10 NE Blaine, MN 55434) on Thursday, July 20, 2023, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Sponsored by League of Minnesota Poets and Cracked Walnut, this evening which is being organized by the American School of Storytelling will offer a diversity of old school and new styles and content from four exceptional performers. The American School teaches narrative forms, both online and in person, as well as producing regular storytelling and spoken word performances.



Diego Vazquez Jr is a poet, writer, editor. On YouTube he is “Trainwreck Poet”. Many videos of train travel, not much poetry: www.youtube.com/@TrainwreckPoet

Janna Knittel is the author of Real Work (Nodin, 2022), a finalist for the 2023 Minnesota Book Award in poetry and the chapbook Fish & Wild Life (Finishing Line, 2018). Janna has also published poems in Blue Mountain Review, Constellations, North Dakota Quarterly, Pleiades, The Trumpeter, and The Wild Word as well as the following anthologies: Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Anthology (Split Rock, 2018); The Experiment Will Not Be Bound (Unbound Edition, 2023); and Broad Wings, Long Legs: A Rookery of Heron Poems (North Star, forthcoming 2023).

Christine Mounts is an IT professional by day and a poet by night. She writes and travels as much as a working schlub like her can manage. She is the author of Book of Snark: Wit & Wisdom for the Angry Professional Woman on the Bus, published October 2020. She co-founded the American School of Storytelling in 2021. She is a winner of the 2022 University of St Thomas Environmental (In)justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce storytelling contest.

Loren Niemi began as a child fibber but soon realized he was less interested in lying than he was in improving the truth. He is still at it, as a poet, author and innovative storyteller whose work includes a 2020 Midwest Book Award winning story collection, “What Haunts Us”, and two poetry chapbooks, “Coyote flies Coach” and “Vote Coyote!” His new poetry memoir “A Breviary for the Lost” is available now. He is also the founder of the American School of Storytelling and its CSO (Chief Storytelling Officer). More at: www.LorenNiemiStories.com


July 20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Cracked Walnut
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Anoka County Northtown Library
711 County Rd 10 NE
Blaine, MN 55434
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