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Words at WAM Recap!

2015 February 27
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Thank you to everyone who came to our fourth
Words at WAM on February 18th!


Much gratitude to WAM, the stupendous WAM Collective, featured readers Paula Cisewski and Peter Bognanni, musical guest Charles Asch, and the rockin’ Hazel & Wren staff members Timothy Otte, Aaron King, Jessica Mayer and Taylor Trauger.

Extra-special props to our awesome open mic-ers: Mark East, Russ Van Heel, Walter Horishnyk, Sun Chi Som, Michael Penfield, Mary Lee, Jesse Green, Ali O’Reilly, Thorwald, Jake Skillings, Claire Fallon, Eric Komosa, Monika Hetzler, Zach Simon, Autumn Wetzel, Toby Grace, Anne Piper, Jacob Maybe, and Maddie Chicoine.

For the first time ever, we were able to make it through the entire open mic sign-up list! Huzzah! It felt so good to not have to turn anyone away.

Fantastic night all around!

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Three Things: Incident Edition

2014 July 21
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This Thursday, please join the Hazel & Wren team at Rosalux Gallery in northeast Minneapolis for Incident: A Reading, in collaboration with the current exhibition, “Incident: Rebecca Krinke and Duane Ditty.” A night of community, art, feathers, —and of course, writers— the evening will feature three local poets: Timothy OtteBrett Elizabeth Jenkins, and Opal McCarthy.

This week, I’ve collected three images inspired by Krinke’s and Ditty’s “Incident” show, and which should in turn provide some inspiration you. Incidentally, these three images are also excellent preparation for Thursday night, when we’ll be writing a collaborative, audience-generated poem inspired by the artwork. Sound like fun? Good. See you there.



Josef Sudek, Remembrances of E. A. Poe, 1959. Photograph. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.



Missy Hammond Dunaway, A Quiet Bird and a Noisy Bird, 2010. Archival ink on paper.



Beth Dow, Clearing, Wakehurst Place, 2004, from In the Garden series. Photograph.


Words at WAM Recap!

2013 October 4
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Thank you to everyone who came to our third
Words at WAM on September 18th!



Much gratitude to WAMWAM Collective, featured readers Katie Sisneros and Dobby Gibson, musical guest Beasthead, and Hazel & Wren peeps Timothy Otte and Elleni Paulson.

Extra-special props to our awesome open mic-ers: Arianna Conseur, Timothy Carroll, Fox Smoulder, Daniel Friedrich, Naomi Ko, Derek Larson, Wendy Brown-Baez, Jesse Green, Michael Gould, Mason Nunemaker, Nina Ewest, Jeffrey Ellinger, Diana Rajchel, Yuw Bodum, Clarence Brown, and Patrick Maloney.

And to the four we didn’t get to, due to that ANNOYING THING CALLED TIME, we can’t wait to hear you next time: Aron Wolde, John Moen, Hannah Cassel, Dan Forke.

Fantastic night all around!






See You Tomorrow Night at Maeve’s Café!

2013 July 10
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Hazel & Wren and Maeve's Sessions


Hazel & Wren & Maeve’s Sessions Present:

A Poetry Reading with: Caitlin Bailey, Sarah Certa, Sarah Fox, Matt Rasmussen, and Jeffrey Skemp

Join us for this night of diverse poetry, wordy contests, sass, and vintage writing prompts on Poetry Row in Northeast Minneapolis!

Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 pm
Maeve’s Café, 300 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis


Caitlin Bailey served as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Water~Stone Review in 2012 and 2013. Her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bateau, Paper Darts, Carolina Quarterly, Poetry City, USA, Vol. 2, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul.

Sarah Certa holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems appear in The BakeryCountry Musicand anderbo, among others. She is a freelance photographer and Social Media Wrangler for H_NGM_N. Find her online at Tumblr.

Sarah Fox is the publisher of Fuori Editions and teaches poetry and creative writing in schools and literary centers throughout Minnesota. She has received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Foundation. Poems from Because Why have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Jacket, jubilat, Verse, and other journals.

Matt Rasmussen‘s poetry collection, Black Aperture, was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and was published by Louisiana State University Press in May 2013. Rasmussen is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Corporation of Yaddo, the Loft Literary Center, the Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, and the McKnight Foundation. Rasmussen is also the author of a chapbook, Fingergun (Kitchen Press, 2006), and is the co-founder of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC. He teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College and lives in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

Jeffrey Skemp is a poet, performer and photographer. He is currently a member of Bosso Poetry Co., a collective of poets and musicians. Skemp is the recipient of grants from Intermedia Arts and the Jerome Foundation and has been published by Spout,, Midway Journal and others. His debut music and poetry album SPENT was released in June, 2011.