May 12, 2022

An Evening with Poets – Poetry Reading at SCSU

St. Cloud State University College of Liberal Arts Presents An evening with poets – Poetry reading.

Poets Janna Knittel, Stanley Kusunoki, Sagirah Shahid and Bryan Thao Worra present their poetry at a talk-sharing evening. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

The poetry reading will take place on Tuesday, November 9 starting at 7 p.m. as a free online event. Please visit and the Area Events page for a link to register and get full information on the various artist biographies.

Artist biographies-

Janna knittel lives in Minnesota but still calls the Pacific Northwest “home”. Janna published a chapbook, Fish and wildlife (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and has poems published or to appear in Bbetween These Shores Literary and Arts Annual, Blue line, Poplar, High North On, North Dakota Quarterly, Split Rock Review, Cold Mountain Review, Review of the whale route, the word wild, and Deep Waters: An Anthology of the Great Lakes. The recognition includes the 2021 and 2019 grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Stanley kusunoki is the author of three collections of poetry; 180 days, reflections and observations of a teacher, News articles, both published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, and SRefuge in Place – Poems in the Times of COVID-19, (Polaris Press, an imprint of North Star Press). He has taught creative writing to young people in programs at The Loft, Asian American Renaissance, Intermedia Arts and SASE, The Write Place. He received an “Asian Inroads” Loft mentorship and received a “Cultural Collaboration” grant from the MN State Arts Board to create, write and perform “Beringia-The Land Bridge Project” with Ojibwa performance poet Jamison Mahto at Intermedia Arts. With Donna Isaac, he is co-host / curator of the Literary Bridges reading series at Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul. Most recently, Kusunoki was the High Potential Coordinator at Red Oak Elementary School in Shakopee. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Claudia Daly.

Sagirah shahid is an African-American Muslim poet, educator and performance artist from Minneapolis. Sagirah has received awards, residencies, and scholarships from the Loft Literary Center, Wisdom Ways, the Twin Cities Media Alliance, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her first collection of poetry “Surveillance of Joy” will be published by Half Mystic Press in April 2021.

Bryan Thao Worra is the Lao Minnesotan poet laureate and author of over 10 books, recently appointed by Governor Dayton to the State Council on Asia-Pacific People of Minnesota to represent the Lao community. He holds over 20 national and international awards for his writing and community leadership. This is his first reading at St. Cloud in over 15 years.

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