Event
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Mentor Series Reading with Billy-Ray Belcourt and Swati Avasthi

Presenters
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwest Alberta. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of four books: This Wound is a World , NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field , A History of
Swati Avasthi
Swati Avasthi’s first novel, Split (Knopf, 2010) received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, received recognition from 15 US state awards committees, and was translated into four languages. Her second, Chasing Shadows received several starred reviews from School Library
Aurora Masum-Javed
Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet, educator, and writing coach. A former public school teacher, she holds an MA in Education from George Mason University and an MFA from Cornell University, where she also served as a lecturer. Her work can be found in various journals including Nimrod, Aster(ix) , Winter
Dorcy Jaffray
Dorcy Jaffray is a writer from Minneapolis. She has an undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland. When not knee-deep in a word document, she can be found at a brewery hanging out with dogs and
Paul Lai
Paul Lai is a Taiwanese American writer who lives in Minneapolis with his partner and their two dogs. He is a peripatetic reader and writes creative nonfiction about memory and language as well as doggerel about, well, his dogs.
jd hegarty
jd hegarty (they/she/fae) is a poet, a former lawyer, and a sunflower living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with two amazing cats. jd’s work can be found in Name & None , 45th Parallel , Inscape , Ghost City Press , Miniskirt Magazine and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Hamline University MFA. Their
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Location
The Loft at Open Book
Price
Regular $10.00
Friend $5.00
Genre
Multigenre
Mentor Series graphic for April 26 featuring Billy-Ray Belcourt and Swati Avasthi

The Loft Literary Center Presents a 2023-2024 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentors Billy-Ray Belcourt and Swati Avasthi and fellows Aurora Masum-Javed, Dorcy Jaffray, Paul Lai, and jd hegarty.

The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers twelve early career Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry.

A limited number of pay-what-you-can seats will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis.

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Artists
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Swati Avasthi
Aurora Masum-Javed
Dorcy Jaffray
Paul Lai
jd hegarty