2009-2010 Academic Year

Papermaking Class

Jul. 1, 2010

Participants met at the Prairie Kiosk to get a brief description of the plants used to make this signature paper. They then moved to the New Science Center to see the rest of the process and made their own paper.

Paper

Elizabeth Alexander

May 8, 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.

Elizabeth Alexander

Beth Kissileff

Apr. 8, 2010

"Shared Dreams: A Reading by Beth Kissileff". 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

Apr. 27, 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 at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Atxaga and Ping

Nick Hayes

Mar. 11, 2010

"A Reading and Conversation with Nick Hayes. "Nick will read from and discuss his new memior, "And One Fine Morning: Memories of My Father."

Nick Hayes

David Rakoff

Mar. 12, 2010

In "The Wit of David Rakoff," humorist and author David Rakoff will discuss his work and the creative process.

David Rakoff

Spreading the Word

Mar. 16, 2010

Book Arts Exhibit

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.

Spreading the Word

Louise Erdrich

Feb. 19, 2010

"An Evening with Louise Erdrich" was co-sponsored by Fine Arts Programming at CSB/SJU and LAI, hoped to give insight into Erdrich's work and the importance of creativity in our lives and communities.

Louise Erdrich

Buzz Spector

Feb. 25th 2010

"Shelf Life: a talk about art and/of books." 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.

Mary Hark

Feb. 25th, 2010

Seam: Recent Works by Mary Hark." Mary Hark is an artist and paper-maker. She will give an artist talk on her recent work.

Carol Connelly

Oct. 14th, 2009

"An Evening of Poetry and Conversation." 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.

Carol Connelly

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Oct. 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.

Ruth Rogers

Sep. 21, 2009

"Of Beauty and Relevance: Artists Books and the Liberal Arts"

Ruth Rogers

Book Lovers' Night

Jul. 16, 2009

Featured Author Leif 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.

Leif Enger