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We’ll explore a carefully curated selection of dynamic accessible poetry by contemporary poets Ross Gay, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz, David Whyte, Jericho Brown, Ellen Bass, and local poet Michael Kleber-Diggs to inspire and uplift our hearts. We’ll read these poems aloud with performance poet Wendy Brown-Baez, discuss how they impact us, and write our own poems of heartbreak and joy. All level of experience welcome. Handouts of all poems will be available

This class culminates in a free reading of our/their work 

to share with friends and family, open to the public.

Unity Minneapolis 

4000 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55421

Thursday evenings

May 26 to June 23, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM Central in-person

$25 per session or $100 for series

registration required:  HERE 

 Celebration of Poetry to Set Your Heart on Fire 

for Friends & Family & Community: all are welcome!

on July 1st | 7:00 PM Central

a Unity Minneapolis

featuring a special appearance by award-winning poet

Michael Kleber-Diggs

love offerings welcomed


Michael Kleber-Diggs: Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions)

Ross Gay: Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburg Press)

Natalie Diaz: Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf Press)

Joy Harjo: A Map to the Next World (WW Norton)

David Whyte: Pilgrim, House of Belonging (Many Rivers Press)

Jericho Brown: The Tradition (Copper Canyon)

Ellen Bass: Like a Beggar, Indigo (Copper Canyon Press 2014)

Let's Get Personal

Crafting Story from Your Life Experience

You have a story to tell. It can be difficult to know what form will best serve that story. Fiction, memoir, narrative essay, flash— all have specific strengths and weaknesses to support your narrative in different ways. The question is: What form is right for your story? We’ll take a look at short excerpts by Jeannette Walls, Jennifer Rabin, Brenda Miller, Carolyn Holbrook, Tim O’Brien, and Mark Doty for ideas of how to balance vulnerability with the courage to tell the truth. Writers will generate material or continue to work on their personal story, while considering which formal expression suits it best. We will discuss short literary forms such as the personal essay, short story, and flash creative non-fiction with the goal of helping writers choose, and when to go for a longer memoir. We will also discuss the questions writers face when writing about family and friends. Information about short readings, to be read between class meetings, will be sent in the confirmation email. Handouts will also be provided at each session.

The Loft


June 21-July 26, 2022

6-8 pm 

Open to All

In-Person at Open Book

Class capped at 12 students

This class takes place in-person, at the Loft at Open Book; all participants must be fully vaccinated, and must provide proof of vaccination before entering the classroom. Those without proof of vaccination will not be allowed into the classroom. Please plan to wear a mask during class.6 weeks

Open Book is at 



Registration is through The Loft Literary Center


FREE virtual writing workshops for survivors of interpersonal violence (intimate partner violence, sexual violence, trafficking, stalking). Your story matters. You don't have to see yourself as a writer, just be willing to use your voice. Writing sessions are led by experienced writing instructors Elena Anderson Eggers and Wendy Brown-Baez. We begin each session with a brief mindfulness practice to center and end with techniques to help process whatever came up in writing. We do not ask that participants write about their trauma; we write for creative expression and connection. We use prompts to tap into our inner voice and strengthen our resiliency.

All are welcome. Accommodations for accessibility on request. 

You must register to get the Zoom link.

First Tuesday of every month 6:30-8:00 pm CST

Sign up for any dates you are available.

Questions:  [email protected] or call (612) 234-7015 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.