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
Pop-up Readings to generate interest in my manuscript Classroom in a Backpack: 
Kick off Sept 23 until finale 
celebration Feb 26: 
see the Classroom page for details


Reading for Cracked Walnut 2016 Literary Festival

May 28th, 2:00 PM
Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia St. #160
St. Paul, MN 55114

For National Poetry Month
reading new work at Walker Library Uptown MPLS
with Diane Pecoraro, Nell Morning Star, and Kay Winter

presenting a panel Unchained Voices: Giving Incarcerated Writers a Voice with Nell Morningstar at 

Split This Rock Poetry Festival 
Poems of Provocation & Witness
April 14-17, 2016 in Washington, DC

 A Special Valentine's Reading: 
Friday Feb 12 @ 7:00 PM
HEARTAn evening of love poems, love stories, and writing from the heart
with Julia Klatt Singer, Francine Marie Tolf, Ross Holmes, and John Medeiros 
Subtext Books
6 West 5th Street, St Paul


 Friday May 29 7:00 pm 
  Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
Lighting a Fire with Our Tongues
performance poets Wendy Brown-Báez and T. Namaya
 for more info consult: www.vermontpoet.com


2015 Cracked Walnut Literary Festival
Eat My Words Bookstore
1228 2nd St NE MPLS

I am hosting three readings as part of the 30 readings that will happen all over the Twin Cities from May 8--June 21  in a variety of venues, featuring established and emerging writers of both poetry and prose. All Sunday readings are at 3:00 pm. Writers will have books for sale. Come celebrate the power of words with us!

Sunday May 10: Mothers and / or Daughters
Alyssa Whiting, Diane Pecoraro, Dore Kiesselbach, Julia Klatt Singer, Kate St Vincent Vogl and Wendy Brown-Baez
Sunday May 24: War & Peace
Lee Henschel, Rich Broderick, Sarah Hayes, Wendy Brown-Baez, Nena Hohansen and Zoë Bird
Sunday June 21: Fathers and / or Sons
Brenda Bell Brown, Clarence White, Heidi Marshall, IBé, Jennifer Bowen Hicks and LouAnn Shepard Muhm
Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival     
Friday, October 17 2014 at 7:00 pm
Coffee Bené 53 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, 55105

The Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival features writers published in the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac reading their stories and poems in venues around the city. Events are free and open to the public. Be among the first to get you copy and hear the stories from the writers. Almanac readings are hosted by Cracked Walnut

Featured Authors:
Wendy Brown-Baez 
Kinzy Janssen
Kathryn Kysar
Patrick Werle
Maryam Marne Zafar
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.  

excerpt on my blog: wendysmuse


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 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Patricks’ Cabaret Open Call
3010 Minnehaha(Lake & Minnehaha) 55406 

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

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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