Loft Mentor Series Reading with Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Day of the Week: Friday
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
• Regular: $10.00
• Member: $5.00
The Loft presents a 2017–18 Loft Mentor Series Reading with Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and fellows Nneka Onwuzurike and Maya Beck.
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs poetry book, Paper Pavilion received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award, and Song of a Mirror was a finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Award. In 2015, Essay Press published her mixed-genre chapbook Notes from a Missing Person. Jennifer's poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in in 5 AM, Blackbird, Columbia Journal, Crazyhorse, Cimarron Review, Indiana Review, Marsh Hawk Review, MIRAMAR, MiPOesias, Poetry NZ, SOLO NOVO, among others; has been anthologized in Echoes Upon Echoes (Asian American Writers Workshop 2003), Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008), One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form (Blue Lynx Press 2012), and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press 2015); and translated into Greek, Korean, and Turkish. She has received grants for her writing from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Intermedia Arts, and the Daesan Foundation. Her essays have appeared in Asian American Literary Review, Daesan Literary Journal, Foreign Policy in Focus, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, KoreAM, Korea Herald, Korea Times, Mascara Review, Pressian, among others. She has also edited issues of Journal of Korean Adoption Studies and Line Break (Asian American Writers Workshop), and completed Fetish Mothers, a chapbook of lyric essays. In 2011, she received a Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network grant to research unwed mothers' narratives.
Nneka Onwuzurike is a creative nonfiction writer living in Minneapolis, MN. She is a 2017 Intermedia Arts Beyond the Pure Fellow, 2016 Givens Foundation for African-American Literature Emerging Writers Fellow, and a VONA/Voices workshop alum. Nneka is currently working on a series of lyric essays that explores the joys and pains of being a first-generation Nigerian-American. She recently received her first publication in The Offing magazine. She is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, MI and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she studied Marketing and Creative Writing.
Maya Beck is a lapsed Muslim, recovering otaku, socially-awkward blipster, Cali transplant, and genre-confused writer. She is also a Givens Foundation Fellow, VONA participant, and Paper Darts staff member whose work has been published in Lit Hub, Revolver, Mizna, PANK, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Pollen, and more. She currently works for an arts nonprofit in Minneapolis.
Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Advanced tickets are non-refundable. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).