4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Loft Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers Mixer + Open Mic

Halee Kirkwood
Halee Kirkwood is an emerging Ojibwe poet, teaching artist, and bookseller living in Minneapolis, MN. Their work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Poem-A-Day, Water~Stone Review, and others. Kirkwood is the 2022 winner of the James Welch Poetry Prize, forthcoming with Poetry Northwest. They are
Rachel Werner
Rachel Werner is the author of the picture books FLOODS (Capstone 2022), MOVING AND GROOVING TO FILLMORE'S BEAT (Capstone 2023), and THE GLAM WORLD TOUR (Capstone 2024) as well as the nonfiction middle grade title GLOW & GROW: A BROWN GIRL'S POSITIVE BODY GUIDE (Free Spirit 2025). She is on faculty
Marianne Manzler
Marianne Manzler is a writer, educator, and editor. She currently manages the Loft's educational program and supports her fellow storytellers and readers in their artistic endeavors. She hopes to create a space where language, connection, and community can thrive. She has over ten years of
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WOC Class Reading Aug 28 2024

Join us as we celebrate our writing community! During this social hour, we encourage current and prospective friends of the Loft to come write with us for the first hour at Open Book, expand your network, and join us for the Writers of Color Open Mic Reading afterwards. Plus, sign up to share a short reading of your work! Drinks and light bites are provided.

4:00 - 5:00 PM Mixer - Come write at Open Book for happy hour or socialize and network at the FRGMNT cafe downstairs!

5:30-7:00 PM Writers of Color Open Mic/Reading

Students from any of the The Loft Literary Center's Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers classes will read new work on August 28. Doors open at 5 PM and the reading starts at 5:30 PM. The reading will take in the place in the Performance Hall at Open Book. If you were a student in any of the 2024 Writers of Color classes and would like to read, please email [email protected] to be added as a reader.

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Halee Kirkwood
Rachel Werner
Marianne Manzler