Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A&E FYI: Packa celebrates new book with Spirit Lake reading

Duluth’s own Sheila Packa will read from her new book, “The Mother Tongue,” on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica. The event is part of the 11th season of the Spirit Lake Poetry Series.

Packa has published poems, short stories and essays in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. “The Mother Tongue” is her first full-length poetry book, and the latest release from Calyx Press of Duluth.

Her first chapbook, “Always Saying Good-bye,” was published by Poetry Harbor. She has also published a chapbook and collaborative poetry/music CD with cellist Kathy McTavish called “Dear Bird.” McTavish will perform with Packa at the reading.

Packa grew up on the Iron Range and is the granddaughter of Finnish immigrants. She has an MFA in creative writing, and is an adjunct instructor at Lake Superior College. She has received two Arrowhead Regional Arts Council fellowships for poetry and two
Loft-McKnight Awards.

Admission to the event is free, and complimentary refreshments will be served. Packa will sign books following her performance.

Funding for the Spirit Lake Poetry Series is provided by grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the College of St. Scholastica, Northern Lights Books and Gifts and the Lee and Rose Warner Foundation.

(Text courtesy of Paul Lundgren.)

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