Loft Mentor Series Reading with Diane Wilson

Date: 2/16/18

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 Mentor Series Reading with Diane Wilson and fellows Preeti Kaur Rajpal and Lara Palmqvist.

Diane Wilson is a prose writer who uses personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context. Her memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past (Borealis Books) won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her 2011 nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (Borealis Books) was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her work has been featured in the anthologies A Good Time for the Truth, Yellow Medicine Review, American Tensions, Fiction on a Stick, Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time; and many other publications. She has received awards from the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council, as well as residencies at Camargo, Hedgebrook Writers’ Residency, Norcroft Writers’ Retreat, and Ragdale. She is a past editor for Minnesota Literature, former board chair of SASE: The Write Place, and the founder and editor of The Artist’s Voice. Wilson is the Executive Co-Director for the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, MN, and a 2013 Bush Fellow.

Preeti Kaur Rajpal is a poet and nonfiction writer. She first started writing poetry with June Jordan in her Poetry for the People program. She's been published most recently by Blueshift Literary Journal, Spook Mag, and Jaggery Lit. She can be found online at

Lara Palmqvist received her BA in biology from St. Olaf College and her M.Th. in peace work from Uppsala University in Sweden. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post,, The Rumpus, The Cossack Review, South Dakota Review, and Blue Earth Review. Her writing has been honored with awards from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Anderson Center at Tower View, Marble House Residency Program, Ox-Bow School of Art, Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center, Saari Residence in Finland, and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Rotary International, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission, through which she taught creative writing in Ukraine.

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).

Pricing Option: $10.00 (Non-Member Price)