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May 20, 2012

Northside Reading with Sherry Quan Lee, Anya Achtenberg, and Christine Stark

Three Northside writers, each viewing writing as an act of social consequence, visit Homewood Studios to read from their work:

Sherry Quan Lee teaches Creative Writing at Metropolitan State University, and also teaches community workshops in diverse settings. She approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic.

Anya Achtenberg is an award-winning fiction writer and poet. She teaches creative workshops and classes around the country and online with growing international participation, and offers manuscript consultations and coaching for fiction writers, poets, and memoirists. She organizes arts-focused trips to Cuba. Visit Anya at www.anyaachtenberg.com

Christine Stark is an award-winning writer and visual artist of American Indian and European ancestry. She is also a public speaker and advocate for the sexually abused. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been published in a variety of periodicals and anthologies. Christine lives in north Minneapolis with her partner and teaches writing at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. For more information visit www.christinestark.com

Reading begins at 3 p.m. There will be time following the reading for discussion on issues raised and for conversation with the writers. Books by the writers will be available for purchase.

Free and open. Bring a friend.

Sometimes an anticipated event, such as a literary reading, comes fully loaded with surprises. Today's reading did just that. Each of the three readers - Sherry, Christine and Anya - more than engaged the audience, they took us someplace utterly new and unexpected.

The single question informing each of the writer's work - "What is my story? - allowed for magical and luminous writing to emerge, to enfold the audience, to make us believe we could find words for our story as readily as have these three courageous women, if only we could be as imbued with courage.

Enthusiasm for the new work was evident in the reluctance of many to leave after the reading. Conversation, sparked by the stories, lasted quite a long while. Everyone went home buzzing.

From Anya Achtenberg:

I am so grateful to have read at Homewood. Every reading is different, every audience. But there is something very special about this space, a space filled not only with art but with love of the arts, and commitment to the way it not only makes our lives better, but makes us present in our lives, makes all the stuff of our lives a gift to expression. in this space, I felt so moved by the circle we all made, and how alive the exchange was.
Thank you, Homewood, George and Beverly, Chris and Sherry, and all who attended the reading. It was really an honor.