Book Lovers Night

Book Lovers Night

Book Lovers events are intended for people who love books, as a way to get together and enjoy conversation with each other and with interesting invited authors.

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April is National Poetry Month

Monday, April 27, 2015

Featuring Local Poets Mara Faulkner, OSB and Susan Sink


Mara Faulkner, OSB

Mara Faulkner

Mara Faulkner, OSB, is a retired Associate Professor of English at the College of St. Benedict. Her poetry collection Still Birth was issued in the summer of 2013. Faulkner believes that 'poetry comes in taking a step beyond the campfire's circle of light, challenging your own comfort and the known.'

Still Birth
Going Blind

Faulkner’s writing collection includes her memoir Going Blind, which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award in 2010.

She is also the author of Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen and Born of Common Hungers: Benedictine Women in Search of Connections.

Faulkner has been a vowed member of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict since 1967. She continues to offer writing workshops through the Sisters of Saint Benedict Spirituality Center.

Born of Common Hungers



Susan Sink

Susan Sink

Susan Sink is a poet and writer living on 80 acres in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She is the author of a book of poems, The Way of All the Earth, published in 2003. Her manuscript for The Way of All the Earth was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Brittingham Prize. A second collection of poems, Bringing the Body Down, is seeking a publisher. Her poems and stories have been published in national literary magazines, including Poetry, Chicago Review, Santa Monica Review, Spoon River Anthology and others.

The Way of All the Earth

Sink is the author of Habits, a collection of 100-word stories based on the lives of Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota. Primarily stories and oral histories of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, these pieces--somewhere between poetry and prose—explore their daily lives of work, prayer and community.

Sink is also the author of The Art of The Saint John’s Bible, a series (now collected in one volume) exploring the art and theology behind The Saint John’s Bible.

Sink has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. She regularly posts short fiction at

The Art of The Saint Johns Bible


Monday, April 27
Author at 7:00 p.m.
Community Reader at 6:45 p.m.
Gorecki Center, Upper Level
President's Dining Room
College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN

Event is free and open to the public. CSB/SJU Bookstores will offer recommended titles at 20% discount. Author will be available to sign books afterward.