Wendy Brown-Baez - words to light our way
            photos courtesy of Orlando Diaz, Monica Del Castillo and Ned Haggard
My performances cross the boundaries between cultures, between emotional
and transcendent states, between the spiritual and the sensual, and
between poetry and theater. In the Bay Area Express, Natasha Nargis wrote:
"She works the room with maximum theatricality, drawing those who are
transfixed on the drama before them into her vivid, vibrant world." 
My style has been described by Stefen, a Berkeley muralist, as "more like a dance" 
as I unfold my heart to show the world a reflection of its own beauty.
My hope is that we realize we are not alone, though solitary....and my inner landscape affirms 
that when I perform.
 Cuba and Jerusalem, bursting with life and history and humanity, seemed to erupt into the room. Others, about pain and grief and loss, sunk their hooks into us, touched something deep inside. The energy and empathy of her poems was infectious, and it got us all. --Gabrielle Santiago, Patrick's Cabaret
March 9: 7:00 pm 
Writers Read
hosted by Janaya Martin
The Coffeeshop NE
Johnson Street & 29th
with Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Cherish Sonja Gibson, Tim Munkeby, and Gregg Ruud

April 26: 6:30 pm 
Walker Library
culmination of Poet's Corner
in celebration of National Poetry Month
Raise our Voices!

May 13: 1:00 pm
Quatrefoil Library with Mary Stein and Roy Guzmán
1220 E Lake St, MPLS

Roy G. Guzmán was born in Honduras and raised in Miami, FL. He is an MFA candidate in creative writing at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared in The Adroit JournalWinter TangerineJukedSuperstition Review, and Notre Dame Review. His work has also been anthologized in IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books) and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (Tia Chucha Press). Roy is one of the poetry editors for Sundog Lit, and his work has been nominated for the Pushcart prize and Best of the Net. He is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and the 2016 Gesell Award for Excellence in Poetry. After the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, his poem “Restored Mural for Orlando” was turned into a chapbook with the help of poet and visual artist, D. Allen, to raise funds for the victims. www.royguzman.com

Patrick Hansel, Francie Tolf & Chrisma at Eat My Words Bookstore

Healing energy and love at 2016 POP UP readings with some of my favorite local poets and flutist Chrisma
Ros Holmes and Sagirah Shaheed at Boneshaker Books
Julia Klatt Singer, Dara Syrkin, Cary Waterman at Walker LIbrary

Jen Walls, Rebecca Ramsden, Didi Koka at The Coffeeshop NE

Holy Cow! Press published an anthology on the theme of Home and  I am honored that my personal essay Seeking Sanctuary is included: 

The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home

This beautiful collection  includes poetry and prose from local writers that I know personally such as Margaret Hasse, Cary Waterman, Ethna McKiernan, Jill Breckenridge,  Mary Kay Rummel, and writers I have yet to meet: Karen Herseth Wee, Miriam Weinstein, James Cihlar, Alice Owen Duggan, Molly Sutton Kiefer, Linda Kantner, Julie Landsman, Amy Nash, and Ellen Shriner, and writers that I admire such as Marge Piercy and Naomi Shihab Nye. 

Available at www.holycowpress.org and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, this collection makes an excellent Christmas present. The work ranges from nostalgia to escape, from roots to homelessness, from where we feel a sense of belonging to where we can spread our wings and fly.  


     Venus Rising with Marcia Starck

Word Dancers Southwest Literary Center

MPLS: Publication party February 27th 2009 with Nadia Giordana


at Altered Aesthetics Gallery Exhibition
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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