2009-2010 Academic Year
CSB Commencement Address
May 8th, 2010
Poet, essayist, playwrite and professor Elizabeth Alexander will give the commencement address during the 2010 College of Saint Benedict graduation ceremony. Her collection of poetry American Sublime (2005) was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and an American Library Association's "Notable Book of the Year." She has published four other poetry collections and read her poem "Praise Song for the Day" at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
"Shared Dreams: A Reading by Beth Kissileff"
April 8th, 2010
Beth will read a chapter from her upcoming novel Questioning Return.
This event is co-sponsored with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning.
Bernardo Atxaga and Wang Ping
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
April 27th, 2010
Bernardo will read from his new novel Obabakoak, a collection of fables, gossip, diary excerpts and literary theory centering around the village of Obaba in Basque, Spain. He will be joined by Wang Ping, author of The Last Communist Virgin.
"A Reading and Conversation with Nick Hayes"
March 11th, 2010
Nick will read from and discuss his new memior, "And One Fine Morning: Memories of My Father."
The Wit of David Rakoff
March 12th, 2010
Humorist and author David Rakoff will discuss his work and the creative process
"An Evening with Louise Erdrich"
February 19th, 2010
Louise will give insight into her work and the importance of creativity in our lives and communities.
"Shelf Life: a talk about art and/of books"
February 25th 2010
Buzz will present a gallery talk during the opening reception of the Spreading the Word exhibit. He is an artist and critical writer, and his work often focuses on the book as both subject and object.
"Seam: Recent Works by Mary Hark"
February 25th, 2010
Mary Hark is an artist and paper-maker. She will give an artist talk on her recent work.
Spreading the Word
Book Arts Exhibit
February 25th - April 14th
The Spreading the Word Exhibit was held in the Benedicta Arts Center and allowed visitors the chance to engage with a variety of book arts projects.
"An Evening of Poetry and Conversation"
October 14th, 2009
Carol will hold a reading, conversation and book signing for her newest collection of poems All This and More. The event is sponsored by the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement and the SJU University Chair in Critical Thinking. Connolly, the first poet laureate of St. Paul, MN, will be joined by Nick Coleman, senior fellow at the McCarthy Center, and Mark Conway, director of the Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict.
Ellen Bryant Voigt
October 20th, 2009
Ellen Bryant Voigt's "The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Though, Rhythm of Song," is the winner of the S. Mariella Gable Award for 2009.
"Of Beauty and Relevance: Artists Books and the Liberal Arts"
September 21st, 2009
Book Lovers' Night
With Featured Author Leif Enger
July 16th, 2009
Enger will read from his novels Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome. A book signing will take place after the reading.