with Erin Lynn Marsh, Preeti Kaur Rajpal, Naomi Cohn, and Julian Randall
Monday, February 10, 2020, Plymouth Congregational Church
Plymouth Literary Witnesses opened their 2020 season with an outstanding night of poetry from Sean Hill and some of the alumni of the Northwoods Writers Conference which he directs. The opening poets, Erin Lynn Marsh, Preeti Kaur Rajpal, Naomi Cohn, and Julian Randall, shone alongside him. Co-sponsored by Rain Taxi!
JEFF ALESSANDRELLI and PAULA CISEWSKI
Thursday, February 20, 2020, The Museum of Russian Art
Not only did attendees get a fantastic reading by two poets, but free access to three amazing exhibits at Minneapolis’ exquisite Museum of Russian Art! Local poet Paula Cisewski, author of The Threatened Everything, Quitter, and Misplaced Sinister read new poems. And visiting poet Jeff Alessandrelli read poems from his new book, Fur Not Light, which takes its inspiration from Russian Absurdist authors.
Sunday, March 1, 2020, Plymouth Congregational Church
Fans packed the pews to hear Louise Erdrich read from her new novel The Night Watchman is based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C. The beloved author met with waves of love and adulation for her brilliant work.
SUMMER ISSUE VIRTUAL PARTY
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Rain Taxi YouTube Channel
Rain Taxi threw a party for its 2020 Summer Print Edition, the 98th issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books! Editor Eric Lorberer hosted the event, which featured cover artist Jil Evans giving a studio tour, James Lenfestey discussing Louise Erdrich, Linda Stack-Nelson on the work of Echo Brown, and poets Tyrone Williams and Xandria Phillips in conversation. Rain Taxi Board member Mary Moore Easter announced the organization’s plan to publish an anthology of black poets of the Twin Cities, in conjunction with Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival this October. View the event on YouTube now!
THE COMPLETE WORKS FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Crowdcast
Rain Taxi presented a free online screening of The Complete Works, a 40-minute film based on the work of one of Canada's greatest writers, bpNichol, over the weekend of Aug 29 - Sept 1. Afterwards, Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer hosted a Q&A with filmmaker Justin Stephenson, poet Derek Beaulieu, and Coach House publisher Alana Wilcox. See the discussion HERE!
20TH ANNUAL TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL
Launched Virtually Saturday, October 15 – 17, 2020
See replays, check out the Minnesota Author Mashup and Chapbook Launch videos, and peruse our online exhibit hall! Visit twincitiesbookfestival.com.
DIGITIZING THE TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL
Friday, November 20, 2020
As part of the Miami Book Fair, TCBF Director Eric Lorberer and Exhibit Coordinator Linda Stack-Nelson discussed the process of taking a normally bustling, in-person 7,000-attendee, one-day extravaganza event and transforming it to a virtual festival.