Poetry & Jazz with Mark Vinz June 28

Listen to jazz while enjoying local poet Mark Vinz!

Award-winning poet Mark Vinz will read his poetry accompanied by renowned jazz musician David Ferreira on keyboards and Jeremy Cahill on bass.

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Tuesday, June 28
3 p.m. –  Twin Valley Living Center
6 p.m. –  Halstad Living Center

Mark Vinz was born in Rugby, North Dakota, grew up in Minneapolis and the Kansas City area, attended the Universities of Kansas and New Mexico, and since 1968 has taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he also served as the first coordinator of the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he is the author of six chapbook collections of poems as well as the full length collections Climbing the Stairs, Mixed Blessings, Late Night Calls (prose poems), Minnesota Gothic, and Affinities (the last two in collaboration with photographer Wayne Gudmundson). He edited the poetry journal Dacotah Territory during the 70s and since then has been editor for Dacotah Territory Press, which has published a number of short collections by writers in the region. He is also the co-editor of several anthologies, including Common Ground: A Gathering of Poems on Rural Life; Beyond Borders: New Writing from Manitoba, Minnesota, Saskatchewan, and the Dakotas; Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest; Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest; The Party Train: An Anthology of North American Prose Poetry; and The Talking of Hands: Unpublished Writing by New Rivers Press Authors.

A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, he has also won the New Rivers Press Minnesota Voices competition, Milkweed Editions’ “Seeing Double” competition, six Pen Syndicated Fiction awards, and three Minnesota Book Awards. In the spring of 2005, Larry Woiwode named him an Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota.

David Ferreira is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he taught from 1974-2004. He pursued his Bachelor of Music degree at Illinois Wesleyan, has done graduate work at Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music in New York City and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ferreira is a performing singer, conductor, published composer-arranger and jazz pianist. He currently performs with the Fargo/Moorhead Jazz Arts Group ensembles and directs the Cathedral Choir at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.  He also leads the “Dave Ferreira Trio.”

Jeremy Cahill, bass, is currently performing in the Fargo-Moorhead area with The Deb Jenkins Band, The Blue Wailers, The FM Kicks Big Band and the Jazz Nickel. He attended college at Berklee College of Music majoring in String Bass Instrumental Performance. Cahill studied privately with Major Holley, Ron McLure, Richard Appelman, and William Curtis. In the past, Jeremy has performed with the Jazz Arts Group Big Band, FM Symphony Orchestra, and FM Community Theatre.

These events are free and open to all.

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.