1. Lowertown Reading Jam: Melvin Giles presents "Sowing the Seeds of Peace"

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    June 13th, 2011—The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. On Monday, June 13, the Jam will be hosted and curated by urban farmer and peace activist, Melvin Giles. Centered around themes of gardening, feeding the hungry, peace and social justice, the evening, entitled “Sowing the Seeds of Peace,” will feature readings and spoken word performances by several community members from throughout the Twin Cities. This Reading Jam is dedicated to the memory of the Almanac‘s Director of Community Engagement, Deborah Torraine, who passed away on the night of June 10th. This penultimate Reading Jam of the 2010-2011 season takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street, located across the street from the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. The evening includes solo presentations by a cast of gifted and talented multi-cultural artists including (but not limited to): MELVIN GILES – Melvin Giles is a Peacemaker. He describes himself as a compassionate, cheerful, anti-racist, peaceful love warrior. He serves as a regional Peace Representative for the World Peace Prayer Society and sits on the board of World Citizen, Inc. Giles’ passions include promoting the International Peace Pole, and working and playing in gardens and urban farms. He is a member of AfroEco and is on the leadership team of Minnesota Food & Justice Alliance. He is featured in the book The Compassionate Rebel. Giles walks the path of reconciliation, liberation, and human transformation. He is also known as the Peace Bubble Man. ANDY DRISCOLL – A broadcast media journalist, content producer, writer/commentator and political and communications consultant, Driscoll produces and co-hosts TruthToTell, a weekly public affairs discussion program on KFAI Radio, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and periodically on local television and online video journalism sites. He appears, too, as co-host/engineer for KFAI’s American Indian public affairs program, First Person Radio. NINA RASMUNSEN – Nina Rasmunsen has been writing and performing spoken word for two years. Her work focuses on issues of social justice, politics and self-reflection. Greatly indebted to the many mentors who have taken the time to challenge her and help foster her development, she is also forever thankful to her mother who has taught her what true love, passion and wisdom look like in the fight for racial and gender equality. MUSTAFA AHMEDU SUNDIATA – A chef and baker for 25 years, Mustafa Ahmedu Sundiata, is also a food justice activist. For six years he has managed NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center’s Community Food Shelf, in the heart of North Minneapolis’ food desert. As the coordinator of the North Side Healthy Eating Project – a North side community collaborative of 25-30 partners he advises with Homegrown Minneapolis as they try to establish Minneapolis’s first Food Policy council. He believes that there is enough of everything for everybody and has a great passion for food and an even greater passion for getting food to those who do not have access to it. Additional artists are in the works for “Sowing the Seeds of Peace” – please visit the Saint Paul Almanac’s website at www.saintpaulalmanac.com for updates and more information as the event date approaches. The Almanac has been hosting the monthly Lowertown Reading Jams since October 2009 to excited audiences who spread the word about their powerful, shared experiences. The Jams provide an opportunity to explore and bridge the cultural and social breadth of the city of Saint Paul throughout the year. Each Jam is produced and hosted by a well-known writer or spoken word artist. Saint Paul “performance drawing” artist Lara Hanson interprets the readings using Japanese ink brushes. All Reading Jams are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted. The entire 2010-2011 season of Lowertown Reading Jams has been presented at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, a popular Saint Paul venue for spoken word artists, and a co-sponsor of the series. The Jams are curated by the following creative writers and agents for social change: Oct. 11, 2010 – Deborah Torraine Nov. 8, 2010 – Tish Jones Dec. 13, 2010 – Matthew Rucker Jan. 10, 2011 – May Lee-Yang Feb. 14, 2011 – Tou SaiKo Lee Mar. 14, 2011 – Carol Connolly Apr. 11, 2011 – Marcie Rendon May 9, 2011 – Desdamona June 13, 2011 – Melvin Giles July 11, 2011 – Diego Vázquez, Jr. SEASON FINALE! About the Saint Paul Almanac Now in its fifth edition, the Saint Paul Almanac features essays, poems, photos, maps, and listings of events, bars, restaurant, theaters, and other cultural venues within a datebook format. The 2011 Almanac features 129 works by 118 writers. These writers include literary giants, everyday residents, students, journalists, new Americans, and lovers of Saint Paul who live in other corners of the world. Writers interested in having their work considered for the 2012 Almanac have until March 1, 2011 to make a submission. Information on upcoming events, how to make a submission, and other Saint Paul Almanac news is available at www.saintpaulalmanac.com The 2011 Saint Paul Almanac sells for $11.95 online at www.saintpaulalmanac.com, and is available in independent and mainstream bookstores everywhere, as well as at libraries and coffee houses throughout the City. Saint Paul Almanac activities are made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. Sponsors and partner organizations include the Black Dog Café and Wine Bar, the City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul STAR Program, Clouds in Water Zen Center, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, KFAI Radio, The Lowertown Future Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), Travelers Arts & Diversity Grant, and Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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    • Lowertown Reading Jam: "Celebrating Local Cultural Workers" with Deborah Torraine

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      May 3rd 2010—The Saint Paul Almanac’s popular monthly Lowertown Reading Jam series continues in May with an evening showcasing what it means to be a Cultural Worker and the power of using the arts to heal, create and build community. Hosted by Deborah A. Torraine, the Monday, May 3rd, 2010 Lowertown Reading Jam takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street, located across the street from the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. Joining Torraine for a lively and inspiring event will be several local writers, poets, storytellers, playwrights, a gospel singer and spoken word artists. Deborah A. Torraine has worked as a theater artist in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC, and Minnesota. She is an award-winning short story writer, has written five plays produced locally, and is a member of the 2010 Givens Griots. Torraine describes herself as a “nosy, curious, and meddling organizer – a healing warrior for the people.” Louis Alemayehu, a Minnesota poet, is a product of the Chicago Black Arts Movement. He became rooted in Minnesota to connect with his Anishinabe roots. Alemayehu is the director of the poetry-jazz ensemble Ancestor Energy and the winner of an Urban Griot Award in 2009. Lisa Brimmer, is also a 2010 Griot, a program of the Givens’ Foundation for African American Literature. She has been writing in the Saint Paul area for the last six years. She is a poet and experimenting playwright. Brimmer is currently in collaboration with local jazz musicians. Claire DeCoster is part of Playback Theater which uses a community process to create a healing space where audience stories are played back by a performance ensemble through improvisational storytelling. Born and raised in Saint Paul, DeCoster lived many years away doing theater and drama therapy in big northern cities before returning to Minnesota in 1995. Lenora Harris, a native of Minnesota, is 19 and has been writing since the age of 11. Lynette Harris began signing in church at the age of 9, and she has signed professionally for the last 15 years. She runs a food shelf called Moms on the East Side of Saint Paul. Michael Haynes is an experienced corporate manager, consultant, environmentalist, and fledgling writer. As the son of a civil rights activist and community leader, he struggles with a society that departmentalizes, classifies, sorts and labels its humanity. It is written and spoken word that Haynes uses to reach inward to re-claim quiet simplicity. Q was born in Chicago and raised on the north side of Minneapolis. He is also a 2010 Givens’ Griot and he began writing in 6th grade and was published in 7th grade for a poem entitled “Questions about Love.” Moore graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2009 with a B.A. in advertising and a minor in sociology. Leonard Wilkes, a native of the Twin Cities, is committed to creating healthier communities and supporting pathways out of poverty. He believes that a healthy body, mind and soul come from eating healthy whole foods, and he encourages people to make healthier choices. Wilkes is committed to helping rebuild the shattered lives of youth and minorities. The Lowertown Reading Jam Series continues at the Black Dog Café on the first Monday of the month through July. Each session is hosted by a well-known writer or spoken word artist, and Saint Paul artist Lara Hanson interprets the readings through drawings using Japanese ink brushes. Free hors d’oeuvres are served, and the Black Dog Café offers its “Monday Madness” special featuring a large pizza and bottle of wine or a large pizza and four Summit beer taps for just $20. All Reading Jams are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted.

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      • Katie Ka Vang presents "Many Hats" at the Lowertown Reading Jam

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        July 25th, 2012—The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the final in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Many Hats" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 from 7 to 8.30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Katie Ka Vang, features performances by Joua Lee, Katie Hae Leo, Sai Chang, Linda Nguyễn, Kathy Mouacheupao, Iris Shiraishi and Simi Kang. ABOUT "MANY HATS" I was first a physical theater actor, then a spoken word poet, then a performance artist, then a theater artist, then a playwright, jumped back and forth between interdisciplinary arts and performance art, and most recently worked in dance and movement. Whatever the art-form may be, I always strive to release a truth, so my heart can open a little easier in hopes that those around me can rearrange themselves more freely. This lineup is made up of people whom I admire, good people, who just happen to be creative beings; people whom I also see as wearing many hats, navigating within their different communities. — Katie Ka Vang ABOUT THE PERFORMERS KATIE KA VANG is a performance artist, playwright, poet, and mover. She has been described as a “dynamic performer and relentless writer of truth.” She has performed for Pangea World Theater (as ensemble member), Theatre Mu, Pillsbury House Theatre, Exposed Brick Theatre, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), and the Walker Art Center. In 2009 she self-released her first chapbook, called Never Said. Her work has been published in Saint Paul Almanac, Bakka Mag., Asian American Press, BlueFifth Magazine and Voices from the Asian American Experience. KATIE HAE LEO is an award-winning poet, playwright, and essayist whose work has appeared in journals such as Asian American Literary Review, Water~Stone, Mascara, Kartika Review, Midway Journal, Asian American Poetry & Writing, and Asian American Plays for a New Generation (in Sun Mee Chomet's Asiamnesia). Her chapbook Attempts at Location was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Snowbound Award and is available through Finishing Line Press. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. Katie's produced plays include Four Destinies, A Single Shard, Baseball Saved Us, Hmonglish Musical (with CHAT's YLG), and the solo piece N/A. She is currently based in Rochester, Minnesota. SAI CHANG is a young woman not quite on the verge of finding herself. To do so, she must write. For her to write, she must live. LINDA NGUYEN believes in love. linda nguyễn lives in minneapolis, goes to library school in st. paul, and enjoys biking over the mississippi river on the lake street bridge. linda nguyễn hustles culture at little saigon do, schemes zine dreams with moonroot, makes prints through the living proof print collective, and has infinite gratitude for the twin cities apia summit fam. linda nguyễn prefers third person to gender pronouns. KATHY MOUACHEUPAO is a 2012 Bush Leadership Fellow. As the previous Executive Director for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Kathy’s experience working with talented Hmong artists has inspired and convinced her that the arts hold a powerful force that has been historically ignored. As a Bush Fellow, Kathy is documenting Hmong Art History as it relates to the elasticity of the evolving culture. IRIS SHIRAISHI is grateful for this opportunity to harvest a few of her 2,357,911 thoughts out of her brain and toss them out into the universe. She is the proud owner of her very favorite "SPAM" cap (in honor of Hawaii) and her second favorite "Basics" running cap. She is a proud friend of Katie Ka Vang, proud spouse of Alex Lubet, and proud mom of Alyssa and Ben. She is also the Artistic Director of Mu Daiko. SIMI KANG is an Indian-American poet, visual artist, and anthropologist based in the Twin Cities. She is currently employed as an anthropologist and will begin the U of M's Sociocultural Anthropology PhD program in the fall. Simi's poetry has been published in the University of St. Thomas literature magazine, the Summit Avenue Review. ABOUT THE SAINT PAUL ALMANAC The Saint Paul Almanac is a literary organization that creates opportunities for understanding, learning, and building relationships through sharing people's stories. Now in its seventh edition, the Saint Paul Almanac book features essays, poems, photos, maps, and listings of events, bars, restaurant, theaters, and other cultural venues within a datebook format. Available in full color with gorgeous, hand-drawn, poster-size, pull-out maps of the City of Saint Paul and Downtown! Visit saintpaulalmanac.org for more information.

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        • Lowertown Reading Jam: Exploring "The Sacred" with Deborah Torraine

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          October 11th 2010—The first of a brand new series of Saint Paul Almanac Lowertown Reading Jams takes place on Monday, October 11th 2010, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe. Curated by Deborah Torraine, the theme of this reading jam is “The Sacred.” Also reading will be Dara Beevas, Natalie Delgado, Nimo Farah, Q, Shane Hawley, Sheronda Orridge and Mickey Rich. Dara Beevas is a native of the Washington, D.C. area. She currently lives in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Her personal projects include working on a collection of short stories. Her short story “For Peach” was recently selected for Outrageous Fortune, an online literary magazine. Natalie Delgado is in the 8th grade and is making her professional debut as an actress and writer. Natalie is a natural performer and is excited to contribute as a performing artist with these other amazing wordsmiths. Nimo Farah embraces her experiences as a refugee Muslim woman living in America but believes the human spirit is too multi-dimensional to categorize and classify. Exposed to many cultures and struggles, she is inspired to write about and celebrate the resilience, complexity and compassion of the human spirit. She aspires to be a keeper of her ancestor’s rich oral traditions and mother tongue; both are at the brink of endangerment. Shane Hawley is a spoken word artist and comedian from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He won the 2010 National Poetry Slam as a member of Saint Paul’s Soapboxing Slam Team, and is a four- time member of the Minneapolis SlamMN Slam Team from 2002–2005. His work, an amalgam of sweet nothings, shock, humor, and subtly clever writing connects with an audience like a sack of kittens to the solar plexus. Sheronda Orridge, Owner /President of Loving Spirit Life Coach Academy, was born and raised in Chicago, IL. In search of a better life, she moved to the Twin Cities in March of 1995 with her six-month-old daughter. Realizing that a better life means being part of a healthy community, Sheronda has made building strong and healthy communities her life‘s work and mission. She has an online radio show and is a popular host on SPNN, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network. “Q,” born Quentin Moore, in Chicago, IL, was raised on the North side of Minneapolis. He graduated from De La Salle in 2005. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in advertising and a minor in sociology last spring. He began writing in 6th grade. He was published in 7th grade for a poem entitled “Questions about Love.” Writing was pushed to the back burner for a few years until junior in high school. Ever since then it has become a passion. Writing wakes him up. Writing keeps him up. Writing gives him energy. Every day is an opportunity to observe. So, to Q every day is an opportunity to write. Currently, Mickey Rich runs an open stage at Pepito’s Poco Loco Lounge in South Minneapolis where he appears each Tuesday night. He also hits comedy stages across the state, inflicting himself upon the unwitting masses. He writes jokes, shorts, and screenplays, and works in every aspect of video production. He volunteers at the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, where he was a fellow in their 2009 Black Writers’ Collaborative Retreat, under the tutelage of writers Ishmael Reed and Laurie Carlos. Deborah Torraine will be your Emcee for this evening. Tonight we will hear about “The Sacred.” Deborah says that when she reads the word sacred, she stops to re-read it again because at first glance it looks like the word scared. Deborah is known for both her strong narratives and the home-spun feel of her stories. Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar 308 Prince Street, Lowertown, St. Paul, MN 55101 (651) 228-9274 www.blackdogstpaul.com

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          • Lowertown Reading Jam: St. Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly presents Six Fine Irish Performers

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            March 14, 2011—The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the March presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Carol Connolly, features readings by six of the finest poets and performers of Irish descent working in Minnesota today. The all-Irish Reading Jam will be presented on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. The Jams will continue on the second Monday of each month through July. ABOUT THE PERFORMERS CAROL CONNOLLY is Saint Paul’s Poet Laureate, appointed by Mayor Chris Coleman. She will emcee and read from her new book All This and More (Nodin Press). Connolly writes the “Hearsay” column for Minnesota Lawyer and was recently named the 2011 recipient of the Minnesota Book Awards’ Kay Sexton Award in recognition of her long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity in Minnesota. KEVIN FITZPATRICK, poet and author of Down on the Corner and Rush Hour (Midwest Villages and Voices), and Greatest Hits 1975 to 2000 (Pudding House Press), is a founder and was editor of the Lake Street Review, a highly regarded literary magazine, now extinct. Widely published in literary magazines and anthologies, his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. TED KING, at 50, started writing beat and dada poems and presenting them as part of an improvisational jazz group. His Word Jazz CD is Close to the Cool. He has performed in many venues including The Loring Bar, 7th Street Entry, Kitty Kat Klub, the Varsity Theatre, and more. One critic said of his work, “It’s like Charlie Parker and the Dalai Lama steal a car and run over Leonard Cohen.” BRIAN LAIDLAW, poet and folksinger, is from San Francisco. His lyrics have appeared in American Songwriter Magazine, and his poems appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing, FIELD, Quarter After Eight, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He was the recipient of the 2009 Gesell Award for Poetry and a finalist for the 2010 Loft Mentor Series. Laidlaw is completing an MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He teaches songwriting at McNally Smith College of Music. ETHNA McKIERNAN, poet, whose book The One Who Swears You Can’t Start Over, from Salmon Publishing in County Clare, Ireland, follows her Minnesota Book Award nominated Caravan (Midwest Villages and Voices), is widely published in anthologies here and in Ireland. Her new book, Sky Thick with Fireflies, also from Salmon, is set for October release. MARY KAY RUMMEL, poet, will read from her new book, Sometimes What’s Left is Singing (Blue Light Press). Earlier collections include Love in the End (Bright Hill Press), Illuminations (Cherry Grove Collections), Green Journey; Red Bird (Loonfeather Press), Long Journey Into North (Juniper Press) and This Body She’s Entered - a Minnesota Voices Award winner from New Rivers Press. Rummel is a University of Duluth professor emeritus, and teaches at California State University, Channel Islands. Her poems trace a woman’s passionate search for illumination, which began with her personal exploration of the Book of Kells. The Almanac has been hosting the monthly Lowertown Reading Jams since October 2009, and they have been steadily gaining in popularity as excited audiences spread the word about their powerful, shared experiences. The Jams provide an opportunity to explore and bridge the cultural and social breadth of the city of Saint Paul throughout the year. Each Jam is produced and hosted by a well-known writer or spoken word artist. All Reading Jams are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted. Saint Paul “performance drawing” artist Lara Hanson interprets the readings using Japanese ink brushes: http://larahanson.com ABOUT THE LOWERTOWN READING JAMS The entire 2010-2011 season of Lowertown Reading Jams will be presented at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, a popular Saint Paul venue for spoken word artists, and a co-sponsor of the series. The Jams are curated by the following creative writers and agents for social change: Oct. 11, 2010 - Deborah Torraine Nov. 8, 2010 - Tish Jones Dec. 13, 2010 - Matthew Rucker Jan. 10, 2011 - May Lee-Yang Feb. 21, 2011 - Tou SaiKo Lee Mar. 14, 2011 - Carol Connolly Apr. 11, 2011 - Marcie Rendon May 9, 2011 - Desdamona June 13, 2011 - Melvin Giles July 11, 2011 - Diego Vázquez, Jr. ABOUT THE SAINT PAUL ALMANAC Now in its fifth edition, the Saint Paul Almanac features essays, poems, photos, maps, and listings of events, bars, restaurant, theaters, and other cultural venues within a datebook format. The 2011 Almanac features 129 works by 118 writers. These writers include literary giants, everyday residents, students, journalists, new Americans, and lovers of Saint Paul who live in other corners of the world. Writers interested in having their work considered for the 2012 Almanac have until March 1, 2011 to make a submission. Information on upcoming events, how to make a submission, and other Saint Paul Almanac news is available at www.saintpaulalmanac.com. The 2011 Saint Paul Almanac sells for $11.95 online at www.saintpaulalmanac.com, and is available in independent and mainstream bookstores everywhere, as well as at libraries and coffee houses throughout the City. Saint Paul Almanac activities are made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. Sponsors and partner organizations include the Black Dog Café and Wine Bar, the City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul STAR Program, Clouds in Water Zen Center, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, KFAI Radio, The Lowertown Future Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), Travelers Arts & Diversity Grant, and Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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            • Murphy's Law: A Film about Look Down by Todd Pitman

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              For three weeks in July of 2006, one camera followed Look Down cross-country in a borrowed van.

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              • SMBMSP #36 - Social Media in Education

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                Friday, May 20, 2011 Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN We learn more about about social media everyday, but how is it being used by educators and educational institutions?

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                • Sheronda Orridge presents "Raising Consciousness and Healing Through Words" at the Lowertown Reading Jam

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                  May 23rd, 2012—The "Raising Consciousness and Healing Through Words" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 from 7 to 8.30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by Sheronda Orridge, features performances by Akeeylah Watkins, Angel Myatt, Monique Crusoe, Karyssa Jackson, Kashimana, Dianne Moore, and Fanond Burnett. We live in the information age of the World Wide Web, social networking, text messages, You Tube and e-mails. With all of the new ways of communicating, we are disconnected from each other more than ever. It is time to get back to the basics of communicating and expression through singing, storytelling, and spoken word. Writing and performing is healing to the soul and spirit. It is one of the simplest and least expensive ways of therapy as well as a way of teaching and reflecting on lessons learned. ABOUT THE PERFORMERS SHERONDA ORRIDGE is the owner and operator of Loving Spirit Life Coach Academy LLC, a life coach for the Network for Better Futures, a writer, a spoken word artist, and a community organizer. She holds a variety of certifications including doula (birth coach), life coach trainer, and facilitator. She is the host of Loving Our Life, aired on SPNN. Sheronda holds two bachelor’s degrees in Metaphysical Theology and Metaphysical Science, and is currently enrolled in the University of Sedona pursuing her master's in Metaphysical Science and a degree to become Doctor of Holistic Life Coaching. In 2012 Sheronda received the Community Honor Roll Award, a parenting award, and a Black History organizational award. Sheronda’s philosophy—in organizing and in life—is that there are many ways to get to the vision of healthy communities, and we must explore them all. AKEEYLAH WATKINS has been performing since the age of five. She was enrolled in St. Joseph’s School of Music for voice lessons and performed in City Songs two years in a row, where she got a chance to sing on two CDs. Akeeylah was on a dance and step team at the age of six, performing at Rondo Days and traveling to compete in Iowa and Oklahoma. Akeeylah is a part of Ujima—a teen pregnancy prevention program, where she is learning about leadership, healthy relationships, the role of sex and sexuality, and resume writing and interview skills. ANGEL MYATT is a young woman full of life, positive energy and self-proclaimed royalty! In the arena of life coaching, Angel has chosen to focus on the fields of self-love, self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-improvement. At the age of twenty, Saint Paul Public Housing handpicked and sponsored Angel to participate in Wilder Foundation's Neighborhood Leadership Program. In 2011, she graduated from SPEAC, a community organizing program of Hope Community. She now sits on SPEAC’s advisory board. In 2011, Angel became a Certified Life Coach through Loving Spirit Life Coach Academy. MONIQUE L. CRUSOE, better known as Ms. Nique, was born and raised in Chicago. A single mother, poet, and writer living in Savage, Minnesota, she has written poetry for over fifteen years and has published in several circulations including some neighborhood newsletters, ultimately publishing The Definition of Me: Poetry Written by a Novelist, a book of poems. KARYSSA JACKSON grew up with a deep passion for the performing arts—spoken word, theater, and dance. While still in high school, Karyssa became involved in a leadership training program that provided her with an opportunity to work with youth and the arts. She assisted with planning the Rondo Community Outreach Library's first tutoring program. After high school, Karyssa attended Bethel University and also participated in a program to help encourage youth to pursue post-secondary education. KASHIMANA (Kash) is a Saint Paul-based singer/songwriter who hails from Nigeria. FANOND BURNETT was born in Gary, Indiana. At the age of eleven, he began working as a cashier in his father’s record store, where he discovered a passion for music. DIANNE E'LANE MOORE is the owner and operator of Locks on Wheels. Dianne has been a creative maven all of her life, possessing many talents and weaving them together to live her life’s purpose—she sings and writes songs, draws, styles hair, and works as a school teacher and Zumba instructor. ABOUT THE SAINT PAUL ALMANAC The Saint Paul Almanac is a literary organization that creates opportunities for understanding, learning, and building relationships through sharing people's stories. Now in its seventh edition, the Saint Paul Almanac book features essays, poems, photos, maps, and listings of events, bars, restaurant, theaters, and other cultural venues within a datebook format. Available in full color with gorgeous, hand-drawn, poster-size, pull-out maps of the City of Saint Paul and Downtown! Visit saintpaulalmanac.org for more information.

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                  • SMBMSP#42 - Entrepreneurship

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                    Recorded on December 16, 2011 at CoCo coworking and collaborative space in St. Paul, MN

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                    • Lowertown Reading Jam: Matthew Rucker presents "The Best Slam Poetry in the World"

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                      December 13th, 2010—The Saint Paul Almanac continues its year-round literary celebration of Minnesota’s capital city with the acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams. The December presentation of the eclectic series, curated by Matthew Rucker, will be presented on Monday, December 13, 2010 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. The Jams will continue on the second Monday of each month through July 2011. Hear the best in spoken word by members of the Saint Paul Soap Boxing Slam team — two time winners of the National Poetry Slam (“the Olympics of Slam Poetry”). Award-winning members of the team invited to participate include: Shane Hawley a spoken word artist who dabbles in hip-hop and stand-up comedy. He is a four-time member of the Minneapolis National Poetry Slam team, and a former Minneapolis Grand Slam champion. Hawley has opened for such national acts as P.O.S, Dessa, and Jeremy Messersmith. Hawley’s “Wile-E” killed in the semifinals of the National Poetry Slam at Fitzgerald Theater on August 6, 2010 (see below, some strong language), scoring a perfect 10.0. Khary Jackson, (aka ‘6 is 9’) is a playwright, teaching artist and poet. He has represented Saint Paul on national and international stages numerous times over the last four years, winning two national titles with the Saint Paul Slam team, and third- and fourth-place wins at the 2009 and 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam championships (IWPS). Jackson says, “I’m proud of the poetry the Twin Cities is consistently producing. I hope to remain a part of the scene in various ways in the future.” Kyle ‘Guante’ Myhre has been the Grand Slam Champ of Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin, and was part of the 2009 and 2010 National Poetry Slam champion Saint Paul team. As a rapper, he’s a member of the Tru Ruts crew and has shared the stage with Talib Kweli, Sage Francis, Brother Ali, Zion I and many others. Guante is currently serving as arts coordinator of the Canvas, a Saint Paul teen arts center, and continues to lead workshops through the MN Spoken-Word Association. For more info, visit his website. Sam Cook was born in Moscow to communists, and was raised in Boulder, Colorado among the white and privileged. Sam has yet to decide where he will die, but hopes to do it among poets. Since leaving home he has spent his allotted years of “youth” practicing Buddhism, sitting in Sweat Lodges, making wine, riding bikes through the mountains, playing folk guitar with an ear for mediocrity, serving strangers food, writing and reading poems, moving and repairing mobile homes, camping, overcoming insomnia, fighting the man and perhaps most importantly, enjoying the sunshine. Neil Hilborn is a senior at Macalester College and is co-chair of the Macalester Poetry Slam. Originally from Houston, Texas, he began performing slam poetry two years ago. In 2010 he was a member of Macalester’s collegiate nationals team, which is currently ranked third in the nation; at collegiate nationals Neil was given the Best Persona Poem award for his piece “Carver.” ABOUT THE LOWERTOWN READING JAMS The Almanac has been hosting the monthly Lowertown Reading Jams since October 2009, and they have been steadily gaining in popularity as excited audiences spread the word about their powerful, shared experiences. The Jams provide an opportunity to explore and bridge the cultural and social breadth of the city of Saint Paul throughout the year. Each Jam is produced and hosted by a well-known writer or spoken word artist. Saint Paul “performance drawing” artist Lara Hanson interprets the readings using Japanese ink brushes. All Reading Jams are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted. The entire 2010-2011 season of Lowertown Reading Jams will be presented at the Black Dog Café, a popular Saint Paul venue for spoken word artists, and a co-sponsor of the series. The Black Dog Café offers its “Monday Madness” special featuring a large pizza and bottle of wine or a large pizza and four Summit beer taps for just $20.

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                      Tags are keywords that describe videos. For example, a video of your Hawaiian vacation might be tagged with "Hawaii," "beach," "surfing," and "sunburn."