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The Gift of Presence

an interactive workshop to practice the power of taking a pause

Dec 2 / 7:00-8:30 PM

@ Unity Minneapolis

4000 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422

The holidays are when we become especially busy. Let’s take a moment to be present in mind-body-spirit. We will experience mindfulness practices, hear selections of prose and poetry from The Power of the Pause, and reflect on the way meditation can help us calm and center so we can be more fully present for ourselves, our loved ones, our community, and our world. 

Wendy Brown-Báez will read an excerpt from her essay “Lifelines” on the meditation practice she relies on when things are difficult, messy, and in the midst of change, included in the anthology The Power of the Pause: The Wonder of Our Here & Now, from Wising Up Press. The fifty-two talented writers in this collection explore the hidden gifts of pause, voluntary and involuntary, and how it may help us recalibrate, restore, find new and richer ways of being with ourselves and others. 

Bring a notebook and a yearning to take a moment for yourself. 

Books will be available for purchase.

$20 for workshop 

[email protected]

Register Here


of Saint Paul Almanac Volume 13: A Path to Each Other 

hosted by executive editor  

Wendy Brown-Baez

Celebrate, mingle, and have your book signed! Each event is unique, with different readers at a variety of times and locations so you can find one that fits your schedule!

Dec 1 @ 6:00 -7:00 PM

Golden Thyme Café

934 Selby St, Saint Paul, MN 55104

presenting Jim Bour, Michel Steven Krug, Patsy Kahmann, Yara Omer, See More Perspective, George Slade, and Mary Turck

Come early to enjoy a coffee drink and a sweet!

Dec 6 @ 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Eat My Words Bookstore

214 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

presenting Norita Dittberner-Jax, Carla Hagen, Valerie Little, Regan Byrne Palmer, Joshua Preston, Elizabeth Tannen, Julia Klatt Singer and Miriam Weinstein, come early for light refreshments

Dec 10 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Rondo Library Saturday

461 N Dale St, Saint Paul, MN 55103

presenting Paul Bard, Catherine Boebel Grotenhuis, Andrea Johnson, Betsy Leach, Margaret Ponder Lovejoy, David Mendez, Yara Omer, Gabriela Spears-Rico, and Maryam Marne Zafar

Dec 12 @ 7:00 - 8:30 PM CST

Writing Circles for Healing virtual

co-hosted by Katie Vagnino

presenting DeAnne Parks, Marsha Foss, Anne Dimock, Catherine Boebel Grotenhuis, Heidi Schallberg, and Jordan Hirsch, followed by discussion on writing and why stories matter

register to get the link:

Jan 21 @ 2:00-3:30 PM

George Latimer Central Library

90 W 4th St., St Paul, MN 55102

hosted by executive editor Wendy Brown-Baez and presenting Heidi Barr, Annette Marie Smith, Gabriela Spears-Rico,  and others TBA 

and followed by open mic for 10 readers.

Please bring one poem that is centered in Saint Paul

Jan 28 @ 3:00-4:30 / reception 2:30 PM

MN Humanities Center

987 Ivy Avenue East St. Paul, MN 55106

presenting Colleen Casey, Ty Chapman, Arleta Little, Rebecca Nelson, Marjorie Otto, Debra Stone, Clarence White, and Sara Dovre Wudali, followed by a panel discussion on why stories matter, along with senior community editor Claudette Webster.

This collection of voices weaves humor, love, the gut-punch of loss, the ordinary and extraordinary with mamas and daddies, buses and ESL classes, scooters and rescue dogs, and the vagaries of Minnesota weather. It is provocative and compassionate in its portrayals of inter-generational experiences of adversity and success, written, as the quote in the book from David Mura suggests, “from strength not weakness.” In these uncertain and stressful times, these writers lead us across the diverse landscapes and cultures of St. Paul with their lyrical words and stunning imagery to help us find we what need most—a path to each other made by walking together with empathy and understanding.

―Gwen Westerman, author of Follow the Blackbirds and 2021 Minnesota State Poet Laureate

to purchase books, join us at one of these readings around town or at the Saint Paul Almanac website:

Saint Paul Almanac

Volume 13 stories and poems come from the authentic voices of everyday lived experience and thus it encapsulates the dream of a liberated and just United States: a place where cultures meet and mingle and celebrate our unique perspectives. At this time in our collective experience, we need these important stories more than ever, stories and poems of grappling with injustice amid the joy of enjoying our families, gathering with our neighbors, and appreciating natural beauty. It's never been more urgent to share our truth and walk toward each other. --executive editor Wendy Brown-Baez

"A Path to Each Other is a beautiful and formidable collection. It's a love letter to memories, places, and people who make possible our collective understanding of belonging. The voices in this book speak their truths in these tumultuous times, declaring the value of their words, holding safe the pieces of our world." –Kai Kalia Yang

photos courtesy of Orlando Diaz, Monica Del Castillo, Ned Haggard, 

Laurie Benson, and George Colburn


My performances cross the boundaries between cultures, between emotional

and transcendent states, between the spiritual and the sensual, and

between poetry and theater. In the Bay Area Express, Natasha Nargis wrote:

"She works the room with maximum theatricality, drawing those who are

transfixed on the drama before them into her vivid, vibrant world."

My style has been described by Stefen, a Berkeley muralist, as "more like a dance"

as I unfold my heart to show the world a reflection of its own beauty.

My hope is that we realize we are not alone, though solitary....and my inner landscape affirms

that when I perform.


Cuba and Jerusalem, bursting with life and history and humanity, seemed to erupt into the room. Others, about pain and grief and loss, sunk their hooks into us, touched something deep inside. The energy and empathy of her poems was infectious, and it got us all. --Gabrielle Santiago, Patrick's Cabaret


Healing energy and love at 2016 POP UP readings with some of my favorite local poets and flutist Chrisma




Venus Rising with Marcia Starck 2004

Word Dancers Southwest Literary Center



MPLS: Publication party February 27th 2009 with Nadia Giordana

at Altered Aesthetics Gallery Exhibition

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised