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Upcoming Events

Kimberly Blaeser

November 15-18, 2016

Public reading in the TRC Boardroom at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 15

Kimberly Blaeser, College of Saint Benedict class of 1977, is the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.  She is also a professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures.

She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You.

Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry.

Blaeser is currently at work on a collection of "Picto-Poems" which combines her photographs and poetry.

For more information about Kimberly Blaeser and her work, please visit

Fanny Howe
January 23-27, 2017

Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose. Howe grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied at Stanford University. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice, as well as fellowships from the Bunting Institute and the MacDowell Colony. Her Selected Poems won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2008 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009.

Howe taught for almost 20 years in Boston, at MIT, Tufts University, and elsewhere, before taking a job at the University of California at San Diego, where she is professor emerita. In 2012, she was the inaugural visiting writer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her papers are housed at Stanford University. She lives in Massachusetts.

For more information about Fanny Howe and her work, please visit

Susan Stewart
March 17-22, 2017

Susan Stewart is the poet behind the books Red Rover (2008), The Forest (1995), and Columbarium (2003), a National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

She is the co-translator of works by Euripides and Scipione, and the author of several books that critically examine form, culture, aesthetics, representation, and poetry, includingCrimes of Writing,Nonsense,The Open Studio, and Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which received both the Christian Gauss and Truman Capote awards for literary criticism in 2002.

Stewart has received fellowships from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Guggenheim Foundation as well as two grants from the NEA and a MacArthur Genius Award.

For more information about Susan Stewart and her work, please visit

These events are presented in collaboration with Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict
and Saint John's University. Please visit the Fine Arts website for more information.