Wendy Brown-Baez - words to light our way
            photos curtesy 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

Cease Fire: Peace Poems 
Saturday Sept 6
7- 9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House
1725 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 
Join is to mourn and lament, to dream and envision
Peace in our homes, our communities, our world:
How do you make peace?

featuring poets
Zoë Bird
Richard Broderick
Wendy Brown-Báez
                                    and invocation by Julian Coffman

                                       feel free to being one poem to share
free, light refreshments, books for sale

Zoë Bird
Before returning to her hometown of Minneapolis in 2010, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project MN director Zoë Bird performed widely in the Southwest and co-hosted the Open Poetry series and Poets Against the War readings in Santa Fe for five and seven years, respectively. Her poems have appeared in numerous art installations and publications including The Royal Breadshow (Axle Contemporary, 2014); Bringing Gifts, Bringing News (DownStairs Press, 2011); Runes and Sin Fronteras. She recently completed her first full-length poetry collection, Poultice for a Wooden Leg.
Rich Broderick
is the author of six books, including a collection of short fiction, a full-length collection of poetry and Rain Dance, a chapbook of poems written in response to issues of peace and war. The recipient of literary fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Minnesota Book Award and a finalist for the Frost Foundation Award, he organized Minnesota Poets Against the War in 2002.
Wendy Brown-Baez
is a writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. She is the author of Ceremonies of the Spirit, transparencies of light and Elegy for Newtown. Her prose and poetry have appeared in over 30 literary journals, datebooks and anthologies. Wendy received McKnight and Mn State Arts board grants to teach writing workshops for youth and in non-profits. She is a member of the Mn Prison Writing Workshop and teaches at Pathways healing center. If you use fb, “like” her new author page to receive updates on the progress of publishing her memoir Flowers in the Wind:www.facebook.com/wendybrownbaez.author To find out more about her work: www.wendybrownbaez.com

was born in Kankan, Guinea; grew up between Koindu (Sierra Leone), Evanston (Illinois) and St. Cloud (Minnesota). Naturally, he lives in “The Middle of the Atlantic”…with a mailing address in Minneapolis, MN. IBé is the recipient of a 2010 Midwestern Voices Award, a 2009 Urban Griots' Cultural Award, a 2005 Jerome/SASE Verve Grant, and a 2004 Minnesota Academy Award nominee for Best Spoken Word.

Ethna McKiernan 
is a Minnesota author with strong Irish connections, including a year's stay in Dublin as a child and over 50 trips back since. Her first book, Caravan, was co-published by Dedalus and Midwest Villages & Voices in 1989, the same year she was awarded a State Arts Boad Fellowship in literature. Her most recent work has appeared in The New Hibernia Review, Poetry Ireland, and 33 Minnesota Poets. She is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.

Thomas Smith
is the author of many books of poetry, most recently Waking Before Dawn and The Foot of the Rainbow (both from Red Dragonfly Press).  He is also the editor of Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer (Graywolf press).  He is a poetry advisor in the Foreword program at the Loft Literary center, and posts poems and essays at www.thomasrsmithpoet.com.  He has been involved in peace and environmental issues, as a writer and as a citizen, since his student days in the 1960s.
and healer
Julius Coffman 
is a self-taught freelance artist who has been creating professional illustrations for over 20 years. Julius is the author and illustrator of the book When a Grizzly Bear Comes to Babysit and collaborated on the poem for the Red Bird Broadside series “Sunday Afternoon.”  A student of Normandale College where he studies theology and psychology, he lives in Minnesota with his wife Heidi, two dogs and a wallaby named Roo. He coaches people in awareness of mind-body-spirit harmony for healing.
June 21 Cracked Walnut presents:
Responding to Art Exhibition Liminal at Form & Content Gallery
210 N 2nd Street #104, Mpls
Alyssa Whiting, Colin McDonald, Chasity Gunn, Louis Murphy, Susan Thurston, Susan Stenson O'Brien, Laurel Smith, Wendy Brown-Baez, and Luke Zimmerman respond to the work of visual artists
Ashley Seiwert, Danielle Frye, Hunter Bodene-Yost, Sonja  Olson, Jacob Aaron Schroeder  Lillian Mohs, Matt Reimer, Julia Dahle, Anna Garski
Hosted by Satish Jayaraj
The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home
Publication Launch
Sat Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm
Subtext Books Western & Selby St Paul, MN

Holy Cow! Press has just 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.  

excerpt on my blog: wendysmuse


Saint Paul Almanac Festival hosted by Cracked Walnut
Friday Sept 27 @ 5:00 PM
Swede Hallow Cafe 725 7th St E St Paul

Monday Sept 30 @ 7:00 PM
Common Good Books Snelling & Grand, St Paul
Sunday Oct 6 @ 7:00 Pm
Dreamland Arts 677 Hamline Ave N St Paul

As part of the Soul Retrieval Exhibition a reading at Banfill-Locke with Athena Kildegaard
 Friday March 15 @ 7:30 pm
6666 E. River Road, Fridley, MN
read Athena's article in MN Women's press here
Sunday March 24 6:00 pm
 at Black Dog Cafe
308 Prince Street St Paul
 with  Ibe, Andrew Blissenbach, Mindy Mejia and Alyssa Whiting
 Friday Sept 21 at 7:00 PM 
  at Lucky Bean Café 
 Sanbusco Shopping Center 
 500 Montezuma Ave. 
Santa Fe, NM 87501     
with poets Wendy Brown-Baez, Jennifer Ferraro, 
Marcia Starck and musician Lia Bello  
 Join us for a ritual of poetry and music to set our intentions for the coming change. 

The Lord Have Mercy Show
                               A Mother’s Love. A Mother’s Grief.
The healing power of words.
poems by Wendy Brown-Báez
with soloist Rachealann Haasken and dancer Linda Lundquist
Friday July 20 & Saturday July 21 @ 7:30 pm
Patricks’ Cabaret Open Call
3010 Minnehaha(Lake & Minnehaha) 55406 
hosted by Karen Youso
Thursday July 12 @ 6:00 pm
2610 9th Ave NE Mpls
Cracked Walnut presents Red Bird Chapbooks Reading 
followed by refreshements and reception

Art of Recovery exhibition Minnesotans who have been victims or survivors of crime have expressed their experiences through the arts. The exhibition displays art and writings by those who have used the arts to respond, explore, express or heal. To read: Artist Statement, Rage and The Dark Edge go to the Minnesota State Arts Board website and look under my name in the gallery

pre-AWP reading!
Vito Carli presents Wendy Brown-Báez 
1738 w 18th Street Chicago1-773-425-5724  
Friday Feb 17th @ 7:00
1414 W 28th Street (off of Hennepin) MPLS:

Saint Paul Almanac: Lowertown Poetry Jam presents the after school writers of Face to Face Academy in Yours Truly directed by Wendy Brown-Báez
Face to Face Academy is a charter school that enables students who have fallen behind in traditional settings to work toward graduation. Our after school writing group wrote about home and dangerous neighborhoods, happy and broken families, the joys and struggles of parenting, how to make the world a better place, sorrows and disappointments, our dreams and our blessings. Yours Truly presents our personal stories and collaborative poems, a reflection of what it means to be young, vibrant, determined, curious, and wise.


         2004 Venus Rising with Marcia Starck 
Word Dancers Southwest Literary Center

MPLS: Publication party February 27th 2009
with Nadia Giordana,


at Altered Esthetics Gallery Exhibition
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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