Join your library for an energetic spoken word poetry presentation featuring diverse voices from across Minnesota. This dynamic program will feature artists performing poems which demonstrate the varied experiences of Minnesotans. This program is appropriate for ages 16 and up and may feature topics sensitive to some listeners. Admission is free thanks to funding from the Minnesota Art & Cultural Heritage Fund. Ideas and opinions expressed are those of the artists.
Hendrum Civic Center (309 Main Street E.)
Tuesday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre and Joe Davis
Ada Event Center (415 W. Main St.)
Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Featuring Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, Joe Davis and Eshay Brantley
Bagley Public Library
Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Featuring Joe Davis
Ulen Hitterdal Public School Auditorium (27 2nd St. NW, Ulen)
Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. (Grades 9-12 and Public Admission)
Featuring Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
Mahnomen Fire Station (124 S. Main St.)
Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Fatima Camara and Donte Collins
Fertile Public LibraryWednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Joe Davis, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre and Eshay Brantley
Gonvick Community Room (170 Main St.)
Thursday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Featuring Joe Davis and Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
Garrick Theater (509 Front St., Hawley)
Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Fatima Camara, Donte Collins, Shane Hawley and Kevin Zepper as well as an open mic for community members interested in participating.
Crookston High School
Friday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. (Public Admission)
Featuring Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre and Shane Hawley
Climax Public School (111 E. Broadway, Climax)
Friday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. (Held during High School Assembly with Public Admission)
Featuring Kevin Zepper
Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave, Detroit Lakes)
Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Fatima Camara, Donte Collins, Shane Hawley and Kevin Zepper, with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre serving as emcee and performer. A reception will be held following the performance in the Holmes Ballroom featuring refreshments and the opportunity to mingle with the performers, sponsored by the Becker County Friends of the Library.
Hjemkomst Center Stage (202 1st Ave N, Moorhead)
Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Fatima Camara, Donte Collins, Shane Hawley, Joe Davis and Kevin Zepper
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a poet, educator, and activist whose work explores the relationships between narrative, power and resistance.
Joe Davis is a poet and artist who uses art, spoken word and poetry to create space for healing.
Donte Collins (they/them) is a neurodivergent afro-surrealist blues poet, playwright, and movement artist named the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Eshay Brantley is a multidisciplinary artist, social justice advocate, teaching artist, and mother who is dedicated to nurturing the narratives of Black folks.
Fatima Camara is a writer, poet and author of “Yellowline,” which was published through the Akashic Book and the African Poetry Book Fund.
Kevin Zepper is a Minnesota State University Moorhead instructor and the author of several poetry chapbooks including “Moonman” and “The Shaman Said.”
Shane Hawley is a writer, performer and a 2010 National Poetry Slam Champion.