A few years ago, back when I bought books on someone else’s dime, I
hosted a well-attended event featuring a terrific group of Northfield women
poets. Now that I have my own store, this monkey’s tickled to say that he’ll host that group’s next event, which celebrates the release of its latest book.
Seven of the eleven women poets featured in “Penchant: An Anthology
of Poems,” will read from and discuss their work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at the store.
“Penchant,” published in late September, is the group’s fourth anthology and features the work of many
women writers well known in these parts: Mary Easter, Toni Easterson,
Andrea Een, Marie Vogl Gery, Susan Thurston Hamerski, Sigi Leonhard,
JoAnne Makela, Beverly Voldseth, Riki Kolbl Nelson, Karen Sandberg, and
Karen Herseth Wee.
The book, writes Northfield poet Scott King in the foreword, exhibits vari-
ety and strength, offering a rare collection of individual voices. “The women
whose poems are collected in this anthology have strong, passionate links
to this place, to their families, to the immediate community, and to the larger concerns of the larger world,” King says.
The event, which is free and open
to the public, will feature readings by
Riki Kolbl Nelson, Beverly Voldseth,
Marie Vogl Gery, Karen Herseth Wee,
Susan Thurston Hamerski, Andrea Een,
and Karen Sandberg. I know I am looking forward to
hearing these literary voices once again. I hope you’ll pull up a seat and
join me. Just don’t be late. I expect there won’t be many chairs to spare.
Join Us For A Special Night of Poetry With A Local Flavor
If You Go …
Event: Seven of the eleven
women poets featured in the
newly published book “Penchant:
An Anthology of Poems” will
read from and discuss their work.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore,
which is at 425 Division Street in downtown Northfield.
Info: 507-645-7000 or