Upcoming Events


March 7 – March 10, 2018
2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair
Tampa Convention Center
& Marriott Tampa Waterside

Rain Taxi is proud to be a Literary Partner at the 2018 AWP Conference, March 7-10 in Tampa, FL. Find us at table T-1023 in the Bookfair, where we’ll have specials on subscriptions, chapbooks, t-shirts and more—stay tuned!

On Friday March 9 at 1:30 pm, join Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer as he moderates the featured event “Writing Place, People, and Culture: Nonfiction at its Finest” co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and Grove Press. The event features writers award-winning and critically-acclaimed writers Bob Shacochis, Kao Kalia Yang, and Molly Brodak, who will discuss crafting nonfiction narratives across myriad forms, explore the joys and difficulties of mining one’s personal history and bringing place, culture, and people to vibrant life on the page.

Writing Place, People, and Culture: Nonfiction at its Finest

Sponsored by Grove Atlantic Press and Rain Taxi Review of Books.
featuring Eric Lorberer, Molly Brodak, Bob Shacochis , Kao Kalia Yang

Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

Join award-winning and critically-acclaimed writers Bob Shacochis (Kingdoms In The Air) Kao Kalia Yang (The Song Poet), and Molly Brodak (Bandit: A Daughter's Memior) as they discuss crafting nonfiction narratives across myriad forms. From journalism to memoir to travel writing, all three authors explore the challenges of mining one’s past and present, and the joys and difficulties of bringing place, culture, and people to vibrant life on the page. Moderated by Eric Lorberer, editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 pm
Uptown Church
1219 West 31st Street, Minneapolis

Join us as Rain Taxi and Graywolf Press present two acclaimed poets reading from their latest works. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and a reception will follow. Don’t miss this wintertime poetry celebration!

This is a ticketed event. Advance tickets are $5 each.
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Mary Jo Bang’s most recent book is A Doll for Throwing, which takes its title from Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Wurfpuppe, a woven doll that, if thrown, would land with grace. Bang’s prose poems in this fascinating book create a Bauhaus-era speaker who witnessed the school’s shuttering by the Nazis in 1933. Since this speaker is not a person but only a construct, she is also equally alive in the present, and gives voice to the conditions of both time periods: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism.

“A haunting exploration of a past world whose terrors still ring true today, A Doll for Throwing testifies to the permanency of art [and] the value in creating.” —Ms. Magazine

Bang is the author of six previous books of poetry, including Elegy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also published a celebrated translation of Dante’s Inferno. She teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Stephanie Burt’s most recent book is Advice from the Lights, which asks the question: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice? With poems on politics, childhood, gender identity, parenthood, desire, pop music, and more, it’s an accomplished collection by someone who occupies an exciting and original place in American poetry.

“Burt’s year-by-year cataloging gives Advice From the Lights an immediacy within its nostalgia, a compelling ars poetica of self.” —The Millions

Burt is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several previous books of poetry and literary criticism, among them Belmont and Close Calls with Nonsense, as well as the Rain Taxi chapbooks Why I Am Not a Toddler and All Season Stephanie.


Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:00 pm
Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Join us as we celebrate the life and writing of Denis Johnson, who died on May 24, 2017. Best known for his 1992 work of fiction Jesus’ Son and his 2007 National Book Award-winning novel Tree of Smoke, Johnson was also the author many other works of fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. This event celebrates the January 16 release of Johnson's posthumous book of stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Random House), which the author finished shortly before his death—and which is already being called "an instant classic" by advance reviewers (see below).

Free and open to the public, with reception to follow.

Participants include:

Charles Baxter is great American novelist, essayist, and poet who calls Minnesota home.

Venus de Mars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as the singer-songwriter transgender rock star fronting the band All the Pretty Horses.

Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of Approaching the Gate and the forthcoming Wild Verge. She performs poetry with the Sonoglyph jazz collective and the Bosso Poetry Company.

Jim Roll is a Wisconsin-based musician whose discography includes the album Inhabiting the Ball, which features songs co-written with Denis Johnson and Rick Moody.

Har Mar Superstar is a Minneapolis-based songwriter & performer who is renowned for his live act; also known as Sean Tillmann, he "earns his keep with sweat equity."

Advance praise for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

“Mesmerizing . . . psychologically revelatory, spiritually inquisitive, and grimly funny stories . . . Johnson will be remembered and revered as an incisive storyteller fluent in the comedy and tragedy of human confusion and the transcendence of compassion.”—Booklist (starred review)

“American literature suffered a serious loss with Johnson’s death. These final stories underscore what we’ll miss. . . . Johnson is best known for his writing about hard-luck cases—alcoholics, thieves, world-weary soldiers. But this final collection ranges up and down the class ladder; for Johnson, a sense of mortality and a struggle to make sense of our lives knew no demographic boundaries.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An instant classic . . . A masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose . . . It’s filled with Johnson's unparalleled ability to inject humor, profundity, and beauty—often all three—into the dark and the mundane alike. These characters have been pushed toward the edge; through their searches for meaning or clawing just to hold on to life, Johnson is able to articulate what it means to be alive, and to have hope.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)